Bruins Upset Fourth-Ranked Arizona State, 9-8

April 17, 2003

Final Stats

TEMPE, ARIZONA - Back to back doubles in the ninth inning would prove to be the deciding factor, giving UCLA (18-23) a 9-8 victory over fourth-ranked Arizona State (38-8) in front of 2,227 fans at Packard Stadium on Thursday night.

Consecutive doubles from Brandon Averill and Chris Jensen started the ninth inning for UCLA. Jensen's double sent Averill home, breaking a 7-7 tie. A sacrifice bunt from Preston Griffin moved Jensen to third, before he scored what proved to be the game winner on a wild pitch.

The Bruins did not allow a shaky defensive first inning slow them down as two errors, two singles and a double from Dustin Pedroia drove in four Sun Devil runs. UCLA rallied in the top of the second when a lead-off double from Billy Susdorf started the rally. After consecutive outs, a single from Ryan McCarthy would drive Susdorf in. Brandon Averill was hit by a pitch from Arizona State starter Erik Averill, his younger brother to give UCLA runners at first and second. A two-out, two-RBI triple from Christian Lewis would bring the Sun Devil lead down to one run after two innings of action.

UCLA would take a 5-4 lead in the top of the third when Wes Whisler hit a towering home run over the right field fence which scored Matt Thayer, who had been hit by Averill earlier in the inning. However, the Sun Devils would post two in the bottom of the frame as Tuffy Gosewisch hit his own two-run homer to give ASU a 6-5 advantage.

The Sun Devils added another run to their tally in the bottom of the fifth when Andre Ethier scored on a wild pitch from Bruin starter Mike Kunes. The crafty left-hander would strike-out six Sun Devils before exiting the game in the sixth.

McCarthy would even the score in the top of the sixth inning with his sixth homer of the season. He also drove in Brett McMillan who had doubled earlier in the inning. After six innings of action, the score was tied at 7-7.

Sun Devil reliever Beau Vaughan would stifle the Bruin attack in the late innings, as he struck out ten Bruins, including three in the seventh, after entering the game in third inning

Bruin reliever Bryan Beck countered Vaughan in four innings, allowing only one run on three hits.

In the bottom of the eighth, Arizona State threatened to take a lead as Beck hit consecutive batters with only one out. However, a double play would catch runners at second and third to get UCLA out of the jam.

UCLA and Arizona State will meet again tomorrow night in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Packard Stadium. Left-hander Wes Whisler (3-5) will get the start for the Bruins on the mound.


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Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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