March 2, 2003
Fullerton, CA - The Bruins (10-10) fell short of capturing the Kia Baseball Bash championship, dropping a 7-1 contest to the second-ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans (14-1) on Sunday evening in front of 2, 057 fans at Goodwin Field. Bruin first baseman Wes Whisler was named the Kia Baseball Bash co-Outstanding Player after recording two home runs, five runs and four RBI in three games.
The Titans got on the board in the first inning when Justin Smyres led-off the inning with a single and would advance to second on an error. A sacrifice bunt from Justin Turner would send Smyres to third. He would score on a ground out, to give Fullerton a 1-0 lead after an inning.
Led by three doubles and three singles, the Titans put up six runs in the bottom of the second inning to increase their advantage to 7-0. Reliever Doug Silva took over for starter Whisler, who lasted 1.2 innings, to retire the final Fullerton batter of the inning.
UCLA scored in the top of the fifth after Hector Ambriz led off with a single to left field. He would advance to third on two consecutive ground outs. Matt Thayer drove Ambriz home with an RBI-single up the middle. Thayer would go to second on an error, but would not be able to score when Preston Griffin grounded out to end the inning.
Silva quieted the Fullerton arsenal in the middle innings. He did not allow a run and only gave up two hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Chris Cordeiro continued the dominance of the Bruin bullpen in the eighth inning, facing four batters and not allowing a run.
Ambriz led UCLA with two hits and one run, while Thayer went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Fullerton second baseman Jason Corapci was also a Co-Outstanding Player of the tournament while Titan hurler Ryan Schreppel was the tournament's Oustanding Pitcher.
UCLA will return to action on Tuesday when it travels to Loyola Marymount for a mid-week match-up. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.