Baseball Picks Up Second Victory over Ranked Opponent, 12-2 over 21st-ranked Tulane

March 1, 2003

Final Stats

Another offensive explosion catapulted UCLA (10-9) to a 12-2 victory over 21st-ranked Tulane (9-3)in the second day of the Kia Baseball Bash at Cal State Fullerton. The win marked the second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent, after defeating sixth-ranked Texas the day before.

Tulane got onto the board in the top of the first as a lead-off walk to John Kaplan led to the Green Wave's first run. After reaching base on the walk, he stole second and advanced to third on a ground out to second base. He would score on another ground out, this one from Michael Aubrey.

The Bruins, who scored nine runs in the fourth inning against Texas, scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 advantage. Three consecutive doubles, from Preston Griffin, Brett McMillan and a two-RBI double from Billy Susdorf got the rally started. Susdorf would score the third Bruin run on a ground-out to the second baseman by Wes Whisler.

UCLA added two more to its total in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lead-off hitter Brandon Averill reached base on an error by the first baseman before Matt Thayer followed with a base-hit bunt to give the Bruins two runners with no outs. A sacrifice bunt from Griffin would move the runners over. They both would score on the second double of the day from McMillan. However, the freshman left fielder would be thrown out in between second and third. At the end of five innings, UCLA led 5-1.

The Green Wave knocked the Bruin lead down to three in the top of the sixth when another lead-off walk would cross the plate later in the inning.

The Bruin bats would help the UCLA advantage continue to grow with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Whisler led off with a single to right field and Denove followed him with a double down the left field line. With no outs and runners on first and second, designated hitter Hector Ambriz drove in Whisler with a single up the middle. Denove would score when Ryan McCarthy grounded into a double play.

The floodgates opened in the bottom of the seventh inning when five Bruin runs crossed the plate. Thayer earned a lead-off walk and stole second to put the first UCLA runner in scoring position. After consecutive outs from Griffin and McMillan, Susdorf singled to right field. With two runners on, Whisler hit his second home run of the tournament to give UCLA a 10-2 lead. Consecutive singles from Denove, Ambriz and McCarthy would bring two more runs across the plate and give UCLA a 12-2 lead heading into the eighth inning.

Casey Janssen earned his third win of 2003, lasting 6.0 innings, allowing only two runs on five hits. Bryan Beck threw the final three innings to pick up the save, his first of the season. He only allowed one hit.

Ambriz and McMillan finished the day going 3-for-4, with two RBI apiece. Whisler, Denove and Susdorf were all two-for-four. Whisler led the team with three RBI.

UCLA will be back in action for its final game of the tournament in a match-up with 2nd-ranked Cal State Fullerton at 5:00 tomorrow at Goodwin Field.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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