Feb. 26, 2004
HILO, HAWAII - The Bruins (6-3) used both solid hitting and pitching to post a 10-4 victory over Hawaii-Hilo (4-15) at Wong Stadium on Thursday night. UCLA hit two home runs and allowed only five hits in the victory.
Bruin starter Hector Ambriz (2-1) retired the first 12 batters that he faced en route to his second win of the season. In his six inning outing, Ambriz allowed four runs on five hits and struck out four batters.
A sacrifice fly from Brett McMillan brought in the first Bruin run in the top of the second frame. Wes Whisler led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on an error from the shortstop on a Brandon Averill fielder's choice. Whisler would cross the plate on McMillan's sacrifice fly to give the Bruins a 1-0 advantage.
Ryan McCarthy extended the Bruin lead to two runs in the third inning with a solo home run to lead off the inning. It was the first for the shortstop this season. After three frames, UCLA led 2-0.
The Bruins tacked on another run in the top of the fourth to build a 3-0 lead. Billy Susdorf and Whisler started the frame with back-to-back singles. Susdorf would advance to third on a fielder's choice from Averill and would later steal home while pitcher John Matson was checking on Averill at first base.
The Vulcans got on the board in the bottom of the fifth after two walks put runners at first and second for Jonathan Cabral. He would double to left field and both runners would score on the hit. After five, UCLA led 3-2.
Three more Bruins would cross home plate in the top of the sixth as UCLA sent nine batters to the plate. Susdorf once again started the rally with a leadoff walk and Whisler singled through the right side to put two runners on base with no outs. Averill singled to left field to bring Susdorf home before McMillan drove in two more runs with a triple to right center field. The Bruins would use two hit batters to load the bases, but a two-out strikeout would end the threat. UCLA led 6-2 after five and a half innings.
Another UCLA run came across in the top of the seventh after Whisler hit a one-out double. Following another Bruin out, Whisler would score his third run of the night on an error from the Vulcan second baseman. In the middle of the seventh inning, UCLA led 7-2.
A single and a home run led off the bottom of the seventh for the Vulcans, putting two more runs on the board. After another single, Bruin reliever Adam Simon struck out two batters and Chris Denove threw out a runner at second, to get UCLA out of the jam. At the end of seven, the Bruins were ahead 7-4.
A sacrifice fly from Matt Thayer drove in Mike Svetlic in the eighth. Svetlic had doubled off the left field wall earlier in the frame. Susdorf put two more UCLA runs on the board with a two-out, two-run homer. He drove in Jarrad Page who had singled earlier in the inning.
Adam Simon picked up his first save of the season. He threw three innings of no-hit ball and struck out four batters.
The Bruins and Vulcans will be back in action tomorrow when they face off at 3:00 local time.