April 16, 2004
UCLA (19-15, 3-4 Pac-10) gave up six runs in the seventh inning and could not come back to take the lead, as the Bruins fell 12-4 to Arizona State (25-11, 4-6 Pac-10).
After keeping the Sun Devils off the scoreboard for the first three frames, the Bruins gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning before allowing two more in the fifth.
In the top of the seventh inning, ASU sent nine batters to the plate and used two walks, a hit batter, four singles and a double to post six runs. UCLA trailed 10-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
The Bruins started the bottom of the frame with three consecutive hits as Brett McMillan singled, Brandon Averill singled and Wes Whisler drove in McMillan with an RBI double. With runners on second and third, Chris Denove seemed to hit the ball over the right field wall for a home run. However, right fielder Travis Buck came back over the wall with the ball and threw to second base. After Dustin Pedroia stepped on the bag at second, he threw to Seth Dhaenens at third to record a triple play and end the inning. At the end of seven, Arizona State led 10-1.
After the Sun Devils posted two more in the top of the eighth, UCLA put up three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Chad Concolino led off the frame with a single before three straight walks would bring a runner across home plate. A single from Ryan McCarthy would bring in another run while McMillan brought Mike Svetlic home with a sacrifice fly.
Concolino extended his hitting streak to nine straight games, while Whisler hit his team-leading eighth double of the season.
The teams will face-off in the second game of the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.