Baseball Hangs On For 4-3 Upset Victory Over No. 21 Stanford
May 14, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - For the second time in less than 24 hours, UCLA took a two-run lead late into the game but this time the Bruins emerged victorious as UCLA capitalized on gutsy pitching and clutch hitting to defeat No. 21 Stanford, 4-3 Saturday afternoon in game two of this weekend's Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond. Right-hander Bryan Beck (1-9) tossed a spectacular 8.1 innings to earn his first win of the season and junior right fielder Chris Jensen smacked a game-winning two-RBI single in the seventh which also extended his hitting streak to 18 games.
With the victory, UCLA improves to 13-34 and 2-15 in Pac-10 play. The win marks the first win over a ranked opponent and first road Pac-10 victory for the Bruins in 2005. Stanford falls to 28-19 and 9-8 in conference action.
UCLA took the first lead of the game when shortstop Tommy Lansdon singled home catcher Chris Denove with a sharp single to left field in the top of the second. Lansdon finished with a career high tying three hits (3-for-4).
Stanford first baseman John Mayberry Jr. knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth with solo home run to left, his sixth of the year.Two innings later, the Cardinal gained a 2-1 lead as second baseman Jed Lowrie drove home center fielder Jim Rapoport with an RBI single to left.
Down by one run heading into top of the seventh, UCLA took advantage of a costly Stanford error, three singles and a hit by pitch to post the eventual winning runs. With one out, designated hitter Mike Metzger reached first on third baseman Adam Sorgi's throwing error. The next batter, Lansdon, singled to left before third baseman Eric Taylor was beaned to load the bases. Left fielder Will Penniall then stepped up and drilled a 1-0 pitch into left field to bring home Metzger with the tying run. Later with two outs against Stanford reliever Nolan Gallagher, Jensen stroked his lone hit of the afternoon into left field to score Lansdon and Taylor for the 4-2 lead. All three runs in the inning were unearned.
Stanford made the game a one run contest in the bottom of the eighth when catcher John Hester's bases loaded infield single scored Sorgi from third. But with the bases still loaded and two outs, Beck induced right fielder Michael Taylor into an inning ending groundout.
The Cardinal threatened again in the ninth by putting the potential winning run on second base but reliever Brian Schroeder shut the door with the final two outs to earn his first save of the year (third career).
Beck allowed three runs (two earned) off eight hits while striking out four en route to his first win since March 16, 2004.
Penniall and Denove each added two hits apiece for UCLA.
Left-hander Mark Romanczuk (5-5) suffered the defeat for Stanford, allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings of work.