March 25, 2003
After five scoreless innings, UCLA (14-15) would end up on the losing end of a pitcher's duel as #5 Long Beach State (17-7) edged the Bruins 2-0 at Blair Field on Tuesday night.
The pitching from both teams dominated the first five innings as both teams could only muster three hits between them. Wes Whisler, who started and lasted three innings, only allowed one hit, while striking out two batters.
The first 49er run crossed the plate in the sixth as a lead-off single started the inning. Steve Velazco advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and would go to third on a ground out. He would come home on an error to give Long Beach State a 1-0 lead after six innings. 49er starter Jered Weaver, who left after the sixth inning, allowed two hits while striking out 10 Bruins.
Long Beach State would tack on another run to its tally in the seventh when a lead-off single from Adam Heether got the inning started. He would advance to second on a ground out. A balk from Bryan Beck would prove costly as it advanced Heether to third. He would score on a single from Troy Tulowitzki.
The Bruins could not mount a comeback as Whisler led off the eighth inning with a single up the middle. After a strikeout, Whisler was out at second on a fielder's choice from Matt Thayer. Another fielder's choice from Brandon Averill would end the inning for UCLA.
UCLA also could not mount a charge in the ninth as a fly-out and two strikouts ended the contest.
Whisler highlighted the Bruins at the plate, going 2-for-3.
UCLA will open Pac-10 play this weekend when they host Arizona. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium.