March 11, 2003
UCLA (12-13) was unable to take home its first midweek victory of 2003 with a 8-4 loss at the hands of Pacific (16-6) on Tuesday afternoon.
Pacific got on the board in the second inning when a RBI-single from Jesse Kovacs drove in Aaron Harper, who reached base on a double. The Tigers tacked on another run in the third on Chase Headley's RBI-single. After three innings, UCLA trailed Pacific, 2-0.
UCLA cut the Tiger lead in half in the fourth inning when a lead-off double from Brett McMillan started the rally. Billy Susdorf reached base on a bunt single and a sacrifice fly from Wes Whisler drove in McMillan. A ground out and fly out ended the rally and inning for the Bruins.
The Tigers' stretched their lead out to four runs, scoring three in the fifth inning. A lead-off home run from Josh Snook posted the first run. Two walks put runners on first and second for reliever Garett White, who relieved starter Hector Ambriz. A Kovacs double would drive in the runner from second and the runner from first would later score on a wild pitch. After five innings of action, UOP led 5-1.
Three more runs would score for Pacific in the seventh as an intentionally walk loaded the bases. Octavio Amezquita would double to left center and bring in three Tigers.
UCLA posted another run in the bottom of the inning, as Tiger starter Sergio Silva issued a bases loaded walk to McMillan to bring Ryan McCarthy, who had also walked, home.
Matt Thayer hit his fourth home run of the season, which ties him for the team lead, in the eighth inning. The two-run homer that also drove in Whisler, who had singled, dropped the Pacific lead down to four runs. However, the Bruins were unable to score in the ninth.
McMillan and Susdorf led the team with two hits apiece, while Thayer scored two Bruin runs.
Doug Silva, who relieved White, struck out five batters in 2.2 innings. The trio of Ambriz, White and Silva struck out a total of ten Tigers.
UCLA will host UC Riverside tomorrow in a 3:00 p.m. match-up at Jackie Robinson Stadium.