May 2, 2004
UCLA (25-19, 7-6) scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a 12-7 deficit and claim a 13-12 win over USC (21-24, 6-7). The Bruins won their Pacific-10 conference series against the Trojans for the first time since 2000.
The bottom of the ninth began with the Bruins trailing 12-7. Wes Whisler and Chris Denove were issued back-to-back walks to start the frame before Brandon Averill drove in a run with a single up the middle. After Jonathan Medici came into pinch run for Averill, UCLA loaded the bases with a walk to Preston Griffin. A sacrifice fly from Brett McMillan brought in Denove and lowered the USC lead to 12-9. A pinch hit single from Anthony Norman would bring in another Bruin run before back-to-back singles from Matt Thayer and Mike Svetlic drove in another run. Trailing 12-11, Ryan McCarthy would tie the game for UCLA with a sacrifice fly to right field. Whisler would walk again to load the bases for Denove. The sophomore catcher would bring in the winning run on a 0-2 count with a single through the right side of the infield.
Reliever Daniel Miltenberger earned the save for UCLA as he forced Michael Moon to hit into a double play to end the Trojans' three-run ninth. He improved to 2-0 on the season.
Svetlic spearheaded the UCLA attack with a career-high four hits. He also drove in three runs. McMillan also brought in three Bruins as he was 2-for-4 on the day. Griffin scored three runs and knocked in two Bruins.
UCLA will head to Wichita State for a two-game mid-week series this week. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.