March 16, 2004
Despite being out-hit by the Lions,the Bruins (13-8) used nine walks, three Lion errors and two hit batters to post a 7-5 win over Loyola Marymount (11-8) on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bruins posted runs in each of the first three frames to build a 5-1 lead. In the first, singles from Preston Griffin and Brett McMillan started the rally. Wes Whisler would drive Griffin home with a two-out single.
UCLA exploded in the third frame, posting three runs. After Matt Thayer led-off with a walk, Ryan McCarthy moved him to third with a double to right center. Sean Carpenter would walk to load the bases before Chris Denove drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Svetlic would be hit by a pitch to once again load the bases. A catcher's interference call would bring McCarthy home and put Griffin on first base. Another Bruin run scored when Norman walked.
LMU posted a run in the first frame and added another on a solo home run from Jonathan Oller in the fifth. After five innings, UCLA led 5-2.
In the seventh, the Bruins added two more runs when a McMillan single through the right side drove in Griffin and Denove. At the end of seven, the Bruins led 7-2.
The Lions mounted a comeback in the eighth, posting three runs, including two on a Jonathan Higashi home run. With a runner on second, reliever David Johnson struck out Chris Pettit to end the Lion threat. Heading into the ninth, UCLA held a 7-5 advantage.
In the top of the ninth, a hit batter and a single put runners at first and second for Loyola Marymount. However, reliever Scott Botterman would notch his first collegiate save as he retired three batters and left the bases loaded to help secure the Bruin win.
Starter Bryan Beck improved to 2-1 on the season. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four Lions.
UCLA will take a ten-day break from action for final exams. When the Bruins return on March 26, they will take on cross-town rival USC in a three-game series at Dedeaux Field.