Feb. 24, 2004
The Bruins (5-3) hit three solo home runs in the first inning and finished with 13 hits on the day, as they defeated Pepperdine (2-5), 8-6 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
After Pepperdine's Steve Kleen hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning, UCLA answered back with three of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Chad Concolino and Hector Ambriz both hit the first of their careers, while Billy Susdorf hit his first of 2004. After one inning, UCLA led 3-1.
Pepperdine would add another run in the second, but the Bruins would get it back in the third. Sean Carpenter led off the inning with a triple and would score on a fielder's choice from Brandon Averill.
The Waves posted three runs in the top of the fifth, to take the lead again. A two-run homer from Brent Haapanen highlighted the inning.
UCLA tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Averill crossed the plate on Chris Denove single. At the end of five, the score was tied at 5-5.
Pepperdine once again took the lead in the sixth with a Brent Lewis sacrifice fly. However a costly error in the bottom of the frame would bring three unearned runs in for UCLA. Susdorf hit into a fielder's choice with Carpenter at first, but a bad throw from the shortstop to the second baseman helped Carpenter move to third and left Susdorf safe at second. Ambriz would bring the runners home with a single through the left side to give UCLA the 8-6 win.
Reliever Brant Rustich (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win after a strong performance. The six foot, six inch right-hander threw 3.2 innings and struck out five batters, which were both career high marks.
UCLA will travel to the Hawaiian Islands for a four-game set with Hawaii-Hilo. The first game is set for Thursday at 6:00 p.m. local time. For updates on the series, call the UCLA Fanphone at (310) 825-8575.