Feb. 28, 2004
Hilo, Hawaii - With winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour and clouds of an impending storm on the western horizon, Matt Thayer hit for the cycle as UCLA thrashed the University of Hawaii at Hilo, 14-1, on Friday, February 27.
The series moves to Simmons' Field in Kailua-Kona. Saturday's game has been cancelled due to rain while Sunday's start time has been moved up to 10 a.m.
Thayer doubled in his first at bat in the first inning. In the second inning, he hit a bases clearing triple. In the fourth, he hit a two-run shot over the left field fence. In the fifth, Thayer lined out to the leftfielder. He completed the cycle with a lead-off blooper to center field in the seventh. The last time a Bruin hit for the cycle was thirdbaseman Brandon Averill at the end of last season.
Wes Whisler's sacrifice fly capped the Bruins (7-3) two-run first inning. Sean Carpenter led of the inning with a single that bounced over Vulcan thirdbaseman Johnny Dudoit. Matt Thayer's lined a double down the left field line that got past leftfielder David Chu and drove in Carpenter and put Thayer on third. Thayer raced home on Whisler's drive to right.
Johnny Dudoit picked up his 22nd RBI of the season for the Vulcans (4-16) when he put up a sacrifice fly in the second. Kaliko Oligo punch a hit over Bruin third baseman Brandon Averill and raced to second before leftfielder Matt Thayer got to the ball. Sean Tamura put the ball in play down the first base line to move Oligo to third. He then scored on Dudoit's fly to right field.
Thayer picked up three RBIs on a bases-clearing triple in the second. Singles by Brett McMillan and Mike Svetlic, and a walk to Chris Denove loaded the bases. Carpenter's hard shot to third was fielded by Johnny Dudoit who forced McMillan out at home. Thayer then tagged a high fly ball that caught the jet stream sailed to the deepest part of right center beyond a diving Oligo.
After a walk and a hit batter, Carpenter doubled to drive in two runs in the fourth. Thayer then hit his second home run of the year to give the Bruins a 9-1 lead.
Following two runs in the sixth, the Bruins applied the final punch with a three-run seventh. Averill delivered a bases-loaded single for a run before Aaron Markel's pinch-hit double finalized the score.