May 21, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. - Bruin center fielder Josh Roenicke knocked in a career high four RBI and catcher Chris Denove was a perfect 4-for-4 but it was not enough as Washington State rallied past UCLA, 10-7 Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. For the Cougars, the win is their first in conference play, snapping a nineteen-game Pac-10 losing streak. UCLA falls to 14-37 (3-17 Pac-10).
UCLA committed three errors which led to five unearned runs and ultimately made the difference in the game. Senior right-hander Bryan Beck (1-10) suffered the defeat, allowing seven runs (four earned) off eight hits over five innings of work. WSU's Wayne Daman, Jr. (7-5) earned the win while holding UCLA to four runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings pitched. The Bruins outhit the Cougars 15-12 and are now just 12-11 when totaling more hits than the opponent.
Washington State (21-33, 1-19 Pac-10) jumped ahead early with a run in the first but the Bruins came right back with two runs in the top of the second. It was Roenicke's first hit and first two RBI of the afternoon that gave UCLA the 2-1 lead.
The advantage did not last long, however, as the teams traded runs over the next two innings before Washington State erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Run-scoring singles from Nick Hall and Garrett Kimbrel accounted for the WSU outburst. The Cougars tacked on two more unearned runs in the fifth after a Nolan Rouse throwing error at shortstop to chase Beck.
Down 10-4 in the eighth, UCLA attempted to narrow the gap against reliever Dane Renkert. After Denove and Rouse led off the frame with infield singles, left fielder Mike Metzger's one-out groundout brought home Denove and advanced Rouse to second. The next batter, right fielder Chris Jensen launched his sixth home run of the season to make the contest a three-run affair. But after designated hitter Hector Ambriz singled on the next at-bat, Renkert induced third baseman Brett McMillan into an inning-ending ground out.
Renkert earned his fifth save of the season, tossing the games final 3.1 innings for the Cougars.
As well as the four hits, Denove also scored three runs. The four hits is the most for the catcher since May 29, 2004 against Oregon State. Roenicke's previous career high for RBI was two, a feat he accomplished earlier this season against UCSB.