May 30, 2004
Wes Whisler hit a three-run home run to cap a five-run eighth inning and also earned the win on the mound as UCLA (33-27, 14-10) posted an 11-6 win over Oregon State (31-22, 10-14) on Sunday afternoon.
Leading by one run, UCLA exploded for a five-run inning in the eighth frame to take a commanding six-run lead. The Bruins loaded the bases with one out before a run scored on an error. However, Jarrad Page would be thrown out at third base for the second Bruin out. A single from Ryan McCarthy drove in Josh Roenicke from second base. Whisler would then seal the victory with a towering home run over the left field wall. It was Whisler's sixth home run of the season. Will Penniall and McCarthy both scored on the homer. Heading into the bottom of the eighth, UCLA led 10-4.
An RBI-single from Brandon Averill in the top of the ninth would add the 11th Bruin run to the scoreboard. He drove in Matt Thayer, who singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. The Beavers scored two in the bottom of the frame, but it would not be enough to overtake the Bruins.
After the Beavers posted a run in the bottom of the first inning, UCLA would take a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning on a three-run home run from Billy Susdorf. It was the junior outfielder's third home run of the season. It also marked his first round tripper of the season since February 26th. He brought in Chris Denove and Averill on the homer.
UCLA would add another run to its lead in the third inning on a RBI single from Denove. Preston Griffin came around to score on the single after a single of his own earlier in the frame.
The Bruins took a 5-1 lead in the top of the seventh frame on a sacrifice fly from Griffin. He drove in McCarthy who had walked earlier.
Oregon State mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh when Mike Lissman hit a three-run home run to bring the Bruin lead to 5-4. However, that would be the closest the Beavers would get.
Whisler improved to 3-4 on the season as he allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out three batters on the day. Whisler and Thayer finished the day with two hits, as UCLA put up 12 as a team. Over the last two games of the regular season, UCLA recorded 27 hits.
With the win and a 14-10 record in Pac-10 play, UCLA clinched sole possession of third place in the conference. The Bruins won all five of their Pac-10 road series this season.
The NCAA regional selections will be made live, tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. on ESPN. UCLA would be looking for their first regional bid since 2000.