Bruins' Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Against No. 2 Cal State Fullerton

March 29, 2005

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In its first game in over two weeks and in front of a season high crowd of 629 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium, UCLA narrowly fell to No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 7-6 Tuesday evening. The Bruins kept pace with defending national champions and eventually put the winning run aboard in the ninth but the Titans' bullpen held strong and the Bruins (7-14) were sent to their tenth straight loss.

The Titans (18-6) struck first against Bruin freshman southpaw Brendan Lafferty with two quick runs in the first inning. Ronnie Prettyman's RBI single plated Trevor Mortenson for the Titans' first run and a Tommy Lansdon throwing error would later bring around Prettyman with Fullerton's second run

UCLA fought back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first courtesy of a Sean Smith RBI sacrifice fly which scored leadoff hitter Will Penniall.

Cal State Fullerton added another run in the second as Titan center fielder Bobby Andrews scored on a wild pitch. But the Bruins added single runs in the second and third innings to knot the game at three heading into the fourth.

The Titans got to Bruin reliever and eventual loser Daniel Miltenberger (2-1) for three runs in the fourth via RBI singles from Mortenson and Justin Turner and and RBI sacrifice bunt by Prettyman.

The Bruins continued chipping away at the Titans' lead by putting up two more single run efforts in the fourth and fifth innings and eventually narrowed the gap to 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Run scoring singles off the bats of Kris Kasarjian, Eric Taylor and the hot-hitting Anthony Norman led the Bruin comeback.

UCLA staged its last final push in the last half of the ninth as the Bruins put the tying run on second and the winning run on first with one out. But Cal State Fullerton closer Vinnie Pestano earned his fifth save of the year in dramatic fashion by striking out UCLA's home run leader Brett McMillan and inducing catcher Chris Denove into a game-ending fly out. Smith had earlier singled in pinch-runner Jonathan Medici to bring the Bruins to within one.

John Estes (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with two effective innings of relief for the Titans.

UCLA left-hander Brian Schroeder tossed an impressive four scoreless innings of relief to finish the game. The junior allowed just two hits while walking none and striking out five.

Norman posted his second 3-for-4 performances in as many games and is now batting .400, a team best.


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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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