Feb. 27, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jerrin Harper's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning broke a 9-9 tie as Pacific outlasted a five-run Bruin comeback and defeated UCLA 10-9 Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA had rallied back from an 8-4 deficit in the sixth inning to eventually take a 9-8 lead into the ninth but Bruin closer Adam Simon could not hold Pacific as the Tigers used two hits, a walk and a hit batsmen to take the final lead of the game.
UCLA falls to 7-6 with the loss as Pacific improves to 8-6. Tiger reliever Josh Schmidt earned his third victory of the year with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The two teams exchanged single runs in the first and both scored twice in the third before Pacific jumped out to an 8-4 lead with a run in the fourth and two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. UCLA, scored once in the fifth and then three times in the sixth to make the game an 8-7 affair.
Then in the Bruin eighth, second baseman Sean Smith roped a bases-load, two-out single to left, scoring shortstop Tommy Lansdon and third baseman Kevin Conlin to give UCLA a 9-8 lead. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Pacific came right back with two runs in their half of the ninth.
Against Simon, who entering the ninth inning had already thrown 2.1 innings, Tiger third baseman Bob Saunders led off with a single which was followed by another base hit from designated hitter Will Brindza. A batter later with the bases load Simon got shortstop Dale Hall to strike out swinging but then beaned Anthony Jackson to bring in the tying run. Harper then stepped up and sent a deep fly ball to center to bring Brindza home from third. Jackson was out on the play attempting to advance to second.
UCLA went down 1-2-3 against Schmidt in the bottom of the ninth. First baseman Brett McMillan provided offense for UCLA with his third home run of the season in the fifth. The junior had earlier doubled and scored in the first inning and would later chime in with a two-RBI base hit in the sixth which brought the Bruins to within one. He finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Smith also tallied three RBI and finished 2-for-4.
Five Bruin hurlers combined to surrender a season-high 17 hits in the four-hour, eighteen-minute marathon affair.