UCLA Hangs On To Beat Pac-10 Foe Washington State, 4-3

May 20, 2005

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - UCLA right-hander Hector Ambriz earned his first win in nearly three months and for the first time this season UCLA won the opening game of Pac-10 series as the Bruins downed Washington State, 4-3 Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field. Ambriz (3-6) scattered eight hits over 8.1 innings pitched while striking out four en route to his first victory since February 25. The Bruins played sound baseball against the conference-winless Cougars, committing no errors and executing a season-high four sacrifice bunts.

UCLA improves to 14-36 (3-16 Pac-10) with the victory while Washington State falls to 20-33 (0-19 Pac-10).

First baseman Brett McMillan's two-out RBI single gave UCLA a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. McMillan's 30th RBI of the season drove in right fielder Josh Roenicke, who had led off the game with an infield single to shortstop.

The Cougars evened the game up in the bottom of the second. With runners on the corners after a Zach Magnus double and a Jeff Miller single, Ambriz was called for a balk on a fake to third, throw to first pick off. The balk plated Magnus from third but Ambriz escaped further damage by retiring the next three batters in order.

UCLA regained a 2-1 lead in the fifth as Roenicke scored again, this time on Jensen's RBI fielder's choice. Jensen ultimately reached second base on first baseman Jim Murphy's throwing error as he attempted to throw out Roenicke at home after fielding the ground ball. Cougar starter Jayson Miller then struck out McMillan and got designated hitter Mike Metzger to fly out to end the inning.

Metzger did not wait long to get his revenge against Meyer, though, as he laced a 2-1 pitch into left field for a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh for the eventual winning runs. The base hit scored left fielder Will Penniall and shortstop Nolan Rouse and gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

Washington State threatened in the bottom of the ninth, scoring twice and putting the potential winning run on second base, but right-hander Brant Rustich earned his first save of the season by retiring the final two batters of the game. Ambriz began the ninth, got one out, but was removed in favor of Brian Schroeder after a walk to Scott Suittmeir. Schroeder allowed two hits before giving way to Rustich.

Roenicke and McMillan both finished 2-for-4. Jensen, McMillan and Metzger accounted for the four UCLA RBI.

Freeman, Jay Miller, Brady Everett and Jeff Miller all contributed two hits for the Cougars.

For Ambriz, the victory is his first since a complete game shutout on February 25 against Pacfic. The outing marked the third time in as many games that the sophomore has lasted at least seven innings. He has now allowed just seven runs over his last 28.0 innings.

UCLA 4, Washington State 3 (May 20, 2005 at Pullman, Washington)
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UCLA................ 100 010 200  -  4  8  0      (14-36, 3-16 Pac-10)
Washington State.... 010 000 002  -  3 11  2      (20-33, 0-19 Pac-10)
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Pitchers: UCLA - Ambriz; Schroeder(9); Rustich(9). Washington State - Miller, Jsn; Sommer(7).
Win-Ambriz(3-6)  Save-Rustich(1)  Loss-Miller, Jsn(2-5)  T-3:10  A-338
Schroeder faced 2 batters in the 9th.

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