April 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Arizona's Jordan Brown hit a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to lead No. 10 Arizona over UCLA 8-4 in the Bruins' Pac-10 opener Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA's Bryan Beck pitched a strong 6.1 innings and held a 4-2 lead after six but the Wildcats broke down the door in the game's final three innings.
UCLA falls to 7-15 overall and 0-1 in conference play with Arizona improves to 19-10 and 3-1.
For the fourth time in the last five games, the Bruins took an early lead courtesy of sophomore Tommy Lansdon's first career home run in the second inning. The blast came off Arizona starter John Meloan, who in receiving a no decision, kept alive his 15-game winning streak.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on left fielder Will Penniall's RBI double which scored Lansdon from second. Penniall knocked out three hits in the losing effort while posting his team-leading ninth-multi hit game.
Arizona tied the game at two in the top half of the fifth when right fielder Jeff Van Houten doubled in Trevor Crowe and Bryan Kervin with one out.
But UCLA struck right back in its half of the fifth with two runs of its own for a 4-2 lead. With runners on the corners and nobody out, catcher Chris Denove drove home Sean Smith with an RBI sacrifice fly to left. Three batters later, third baseman Eric Taylor singled in Brett McMillan from second.
Beck, who had through six innings allowed just three hits, ran into trouble in the seventh. After Kervin led off and reached base on a fielding error at shortstop by Lansdon, Crowe stepped up and singled to right, putting runners on first and second. The Bruins caught a break when Brad Boyer popped up to Denove attempting to bunt but the next batter, Van Houten, singled to third base to load the bases. Brown then slugged Beck's first offering over the wall in right field for a 6-4 lead.
Arizona would chalk up two more runs against two Bruin relievers over the final 2.2 innings.
Beck's line of 6.1 innings pitched and six runs allowed was not entirely indicative of his performance. The senior set down the side in order in the third and struck out a total of four Wildcats.
Sean Jarrett (2-2) earned the win for Arizona with 2.1 nearly perfect innings of work in relief of Meloan.
The loss is the eleventh in a row for UCLA which ties the school record set back in 1974.