Griffin's Walk-Off Home Run Leads Bruins to 6-5 Victory over Top-Ranked Stanford

April 4, 2004

Final Stats

Preston Griffin belted a walk-off home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning as UCLA (15-13, 1-2) handed top-ranked Stanford (23-4, 2-1) a 6-5 loss in front of 741 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Griffin's walk-off shot was the first of the season for the senior infielder.

For the second day in a row, the Bruins rallied to even the score late in the game. Senior Brandon Averill hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth frame to tie the game at 5-5. He drove in Mike Svetlic, who had singled to lead-off the inning.

The Bruins had got on the board for the first time in the fifth inning as Matt Thayer's lead-off walk would haunt the Cardinal. He would move to second on a ground out and go to third on a wild pitch. Chris Denove drove Thayer in with a single to right field.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins scored two more runs as a one-out double from Svetlic started the rally. Ryan McCarthy would single to drive in Svetlic and would move to second on the throw to home plate. McCarthy would score after Brett McMillan singled and Stanford pitcher Jeff Gilmore mishandled the throw at first base.

Svetlic and McCarthy each led the team with two hits, while Averill topped the Bruins with two RBI.

The Bruins will hit the road on Tuesday as they travel to Pepperdine for a 2:00 p.m. match-up. UCLA will return to Pac-10 play on Thursday night as it travels to Arizona for a three-game series.

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