April 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three UCLA errors helped San Diego State score five runs in the fifth inning as the Aztecs defeated the Bruins, 9-6 Tuesday night in non-conference action at Tony Gwynn Stadium. UCLA led three different times during the game and first baseman Brett McMillan and third baseman Eric Taylor each contributed two RBI but it was not enough as the Bruins lost their second consecutive game.
UCLA's Paul Oseguera made his first collegiate start and just his fourth ever appearance. The oft-injured left-hander impressed with six strikeouts in four innings pitched. He allowed four runs on five hits but at one point retired nine in a row and threw 44 of 67 pitches for strikes.
Second baseman Sean Carpenter contributed three hits in the loss and right fielder Right fielder Chris Jensen continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with three runs scored, raising his season average to a cool .500.
UCLA took an early lead when McMillan drove home Jensen with a two-out, RBI single to right in the top of the first. Jensen had doubled off the left-center wall earlier in the inning.
However, the first four Aztec batters in the bottom of the first reached against Oseguera. James Gurrero's and Lance Zawadzki's singles both drove home runs as San Diego State took a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins reclaimed the lead in their half of the second via Taylor's two-RBI triple off the center field wall. The three-bagger was his third of the season.
Oseguera settled down after the first but fell in trouble in the fourth. With one out, Oseguera walked Jake McLintock but then struck out Tim O'Brien for the inning's second out. But the next batter, Curt Mendoza, then smacked a 1-2 pitch over the left-center field wall, giving SDSU a 4-3 lead.
UCLA fought back again in the top of the fifth with two more runs of its own to regain the advantage, 5-4. Tommy Lansdon began the Bruin rally with a stand-up triple to right center field. Jensen then singled in Lansdon before he was knocked home by an RBI double from McMillan.
The Aztecs came right back and exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, courtesy of three UCLA errors. Four of the five runs were unearned while the Aztecs sent ten men to the plate. Jordan Swaydan's two-out RBI double down the left field line brought home the final two runs of the inning.
Jarrad Page added an RBI single in the seventh to bring UCLA to within three. His single brought home second baseman Sean Capenter, who had reached earlier on second baseman Desme's error.
Freshman left-hander Brendan Lafferty entered in the sixth and held the Aztecs scoreless for 2.1 innings, striking out a career high three batters.
UCLA's first inning run marked the first time the Bruins had scored in the opening frame since April 5 against Long Beach State, spanning seven games.
Bruin center fielder Josh Roenicke was replaced by Page in the second inning after cutting his chin while diving into third base on a force out in the top of the second.