March 12, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Tx. - For the second consecutive night UCLA scored early but could not hang on as No. 9 Texas A&M scored three unanswered runs from the second inning on and defeated the Bruins 3-2 on Saturday night at Olsen Field. The loss is the eighth in a row for the Bruins (7-12), who could not capitalize on another solid Hector Ambriz pitching performance.
In the Bruins' first it was again junior first baseman Brett McMillan who got it started for UCLA with a towering double off the center field wall which scored Will Penniall with the game's first run. Three batters later, Bruin right fielder Kris Kasarjian brought McMillan home with an RBI single to left as UCLA took a quick 2-0 lead.
The Aggies battled back for a run of their own off UCLA starter Hector Ambriz in the third. After consecutive singles to lead off the inning put runners on first and second for A&M, shortstop Cliff Pennington's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners. Then second baseman Parker Dalton's RBI ground out brought home Austin Boggs from third base to bring the Aggies to within a run.
Then, with one out in the bottom of the fourth, A&M's Coby Mavroulis tied the game at two with a solo home run down the right field line. The next batter, Keith Stein doubled to center and Boggs' RBI single would later bring around Stein with the go-ahead run for a 3-2 Aggie lead.
The score would remain unchanged for the remainder of the game despite multiple chances on both sides.
Ambriz (2-1) suffered the defeat after allowing the three runs on seven hits over a strong seven innings. Brant Rustich pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief.
Texas A&M's Kyle Marlatt (3-0) picked up the win with 3.0 innings of nearly perfect relief. Jordan Chambless earned his second save of the year.