Close Call In Ninth Costs Bruins

May 28, 2005

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A reversed call in the top of the ninth inning led to the winning run for visiting Washington Saturday afternoon as the Huskies defeated UCLA, 6-5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in game two of this weekend's Pac-10 series. With two outs, UCLA third baseman Brett McMillan appeared to have thrown out Husky right fielder Matt Hague at first but after the Bruins retreated to their dugout to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, the home plate and first base umpires conferred and ultimately called Hague safe, allowing Washington's Mike Rundle to score from third with the go-ahead run.

UCLA (15-40, 4-19) put runner on the corners with two outs in the final frame but reliever Matt Kasser fanned catcher Chris Denove to end the game and earn his first save of the year.

Josh Konover (1-2) earned the win for Washington, tossing a scoreless 1.1 innings out of the bullpen. Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich suffered the hard-luck loss after being victimized by the reversed call. Rustich allowed two hits over 2.2 innings while striking out four in relief of UCLA starter Brian Schroeder.

Down 5-2 in the bottom of the eight, UCLA used three hits, including a pinch-hit double by Hector Ambriz to rally for three runs and tie the game. Left fielder Will Penniall led off the inning with a single to left field and then advanced to second when right fielder Chris Jensen walked. Reliever Brandon McKerney then replaced Husky starter David Dowling and got Denove to fly out to deep left. But the next batter, McMillan, laced a single to right field, scoring Penniall. Ambriz then delivered with his run-scoring double before Eric Taylor, Jr.'s run-scoring sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5.

In the ninth, Rundle single to left to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Rustich got Taylor Johnson to ground out and then struck out Brent Lillibridge before Hague ultimately reached first on what turned out be an infield single.

Jensen and Taylor, Jr. both went 3-for-3 for UCLA while McMillan contributed two RBI.

Hague finished his day with four RBI and designated hitter Curt Rindal hit his seventh home run of the year for the Huskies in the fourth.


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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
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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