Feb. 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore left fielder Will Penniall smashed the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the tenth inning right back up the middle to drive in the winning run in a wild, come-from-behind 5-4 UCLA victory Saturday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins led 3-1 after six, then allowed the Matadors to tie it in eighth and take the lead in the top of the tenth before scoring twice in the final frame to cap the five-hour marathon contest.
The Bruins improve to 5-3 with the win as the Matadors fall to 2-2-1. Both teams finished with nine hits in the contest while CSUN stranded 17 runners and UCLA left 12. Eleven pitchers saw work in the game.
Designated hitter and original starting pitcher Hector Ambriz led off the Bruin tenth with a single to third base and was then pinch-ran for by Jonathan Medici. A batter later with a runners on first and second, the Bruins received the break they needed when Anthony Norman's groundball was misplayed by third baseman Chase McGuire. With all runners safe and the bases loaded, center fielder Jarrad Page stepped up and sent a screaming ground ball to first base. Matador first baseman Drew Aguilar could not get a grasp on the hard hit single, which allowed Medici to score the tying run. Penniall stepped up next and delivered the final blow.
Bruin right-hander Scott Botterman (1-2) picked up his first victory after notching a clutch out to close the top of the tenth. Joe Rocchio (0-2) suffered the defeat for CSUN.
The Bruins jumped ahead first with three runs in the fourth. First baseman Brett McMillan brought across the first UCLA run when he scored on a Craig Baker passed ball after singling to lead off the inning, advancing to second on a Sean Smith single and then stopping at third on Eric Taylor's fielder's choice. Two batters later with runners on first and second Norman's bunt single brought home another run as a heads up Taylor rounded third base and eventually scored on third baseman Chase McGuire's attempt to get Norman at first. Consecutive walks to Page and Tommy Lansdon then brought Denove around to score the third run of the inning.
Cal State Northridge chipped away with a run of their own in the top of the fifth when Ambriz beaned designated hitter Luke Riordan on an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
The Matadors tied it up in the their half of the eighth against UCLA relievers Daniel Miltenberger and Adam Simon. Shortstop Raymond Ravago started things off for CSUN as he reached reached second base on third baseman Taylor's throwing error. After moving over on a groudnout, Ravago scored the Matadors' second run of the game on Erik Hagstrom's RBI sacrifice fly. Later in the inning with a runner on first, catcher Alberto Quintana doubled to deep right center to plate the tying run.
The teams will meet again in this weekend's rain shortened series Sunday at 1 p.m. at CSUN's Matador Field. Right-handed sophomore Brant Rustich will take the game ball for UCLA.