Baseball Edges #29 Wichita State, 9-7

March 22, 2003

Final Stats

The UCLA baseball team (13-14) returned to its winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 9-7 victory over #29 Wichita State (14-7) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

After the Shockers posted a run in the top of the first, the Bruins exploded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Preston Griffin led off the inning with a double and freshman Brett McMillan brought him home with his first career home run. Singles from Wes Whisler and Matt Thayer put two runners on before Brandon Averill cleared the bases with a triple to right field. After one inning, UCLA led 4-1.

The Shockers would add a run to their total in the top of the third when Drew Moffit hit his sixth homer of the season. However, the Bruins would rally again in the bottom of the inning when a Griffin single would drive in Kevin Conlin and Averill.

UCLA's 6-1 lead would be short lived as Wichita State posted four runs in the top of the fourth to even the game. After a ground out and strike out, Nick McCoola kept the inning alive, reaching base on a passed ball. He would later score on another. A single and a walk kept the rally going before Brandon Green tied the game with a three-run homer.

Starter Mike Kunes would not return after the fourth inning, but still managed to post a new career-high of nine strikeouts. He only allowed two earned runs on eight hits.

UCLA would regain the lead once again in the bottom of the fourth when Whisler and Chris Denove started the inning with back-to-back singles. Thayer moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt before Whisler scored on a balk from Tommy Hottovy.

A solo home run from Nick McCoola in the top of the sixth would be the final Wichita State run and the only run reliever Adam Simon would allow. The freshman right-hander picked up his first collegiate win, allowing one run on three hits in three innings of action.

UCLA sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth when Denove hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season. The Bruins added an insurance run when a Conlin double brought in Thayer.

Bruin reliever David Johnson shut down the Shockers in the eighth and ninth innings, allowing only one hit to earn his first save of 2003.

The Bruins will return to action tomorrow, when right-hander Chris Cordeiro gets the start against the Shockers. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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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