May 6, 2003
Brett McMillan's two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth lifted UCLA (23-26) to an 8-7 win over UC Santa Barbara (21-26) on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
After Gaucho pitcher Steve Morlock walked Brandon Averill and Matt Thayer to start off the inning, McMillan drove a double into the right field corner. The hit allowed pinch runner Sean Carpenter and Thayer to cross home plate and give the Bruins the win.
Up until the ninth frame, UCLA had scored all of its runs on home runs. McMillan started the slug fest with a solo shot to lead off the third inning. The homer tied the contest at 1-1.
After UCSB posted three runs in the top of the fourth on a Chad Ziemendorf homer, the Bruins rallied. A two-run round-tripper from Brandon Averill would bring the Bruins within a run in the bottom of the frame.
However, the Gauchos mounted a comeback of their own putting up three runs in the seventh frame.
Bryan Beck kept UCSB off the scoreboard after that, not allowing a hit in the final 2.1 innings, while striking out four. Bruin starter Chris Cordeiro was also solid in his three inning outing. In the first, the right-hander struck out all three batters. He allowed one run on three hits.
UCLA will return to action on Friday evening in its final home series of the year. The Bruins will host Washington in a 6:00 p.m. match-up.