Bruins Drop 7-3 Heartbreaker at Loyola Marymount

Feb. 17, 2004

Loyola Marymount (3-2) scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take back the lead and defeat UCLA (3-2) at George C. Page Stadium. The Bruins had rallied to tie the score at 7-7 in the top of the ninth inning, but the game was called due to lack of light. Therefore, the score reverted back to the last completed inning.

The Lions got the board early when Chris Pettit scored on a Brady Koch fielder's choice in the first inning.

The Bruins would tie the game in the top of the second when Brandon Averill's one-out double started the rally. Chris Denove would bring him home with a triple, the first for a Bruin this season. After two innings, the score was tied at 1-1.

Preston Griffin's RBI single in the top of the fourth inning would bring Averill home again after he reached base on a fielder's choice. After four frames, UCLA led 2-1.

The Lions tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Koch, who doubled earlier in the inning scored on a James Cooper single. Heading into the seventh, the game was tied 2-2.

Averill got the Bruins started in the eighth inning with a one-out single. After moving to second on a wild pitch, Mike Svetlic came in to run for Averill. Denove would once again provide the key RBI as he singled Svetlic in with a single to left center. After seven and a half innings, UCLA led 3-2.

The Lions scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim the victory. Two walks, a wild pitch, a hit batter, a balk, a sacrifice bunt, a single and a triple all combined to bring LMU to the win.

Averill finished the day going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Billy Susdorf doubled his season stolen base output with two in the contest.

UCLA will return to Jackie Robinson Field on Friday night when it takes on Pacific in the first game of a three game non-conference series. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.


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