Feb. 4, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - UCLA capitalized on four very untimely Fresno State errors and six walks to hang on for a 7-4 victory in front of 3,012 at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno on Friday night. Bruin sophomore right-hander Hector Ambriz made his second consecutive solid start and picked up his first win of the year while striking out a career-high tying eight batters.
UCLA (2-2) received stellar offensive performances from the middle of its lineup with sophomore Eric Taylor and junior Chris Denove combining for a 4-for-7 night at the plate with three runs scored. Sophomores Will Penniall, Ambriz and Nolan Rouse and junior Josh Roenicke each contributed an RBI.
Junior right-hander Adam Simon pitched 2.1 nearly perfect innings in relief for his second save of the year. Simon faced two batters over the minimum and has still not allowed a run or hit this season.
Fresno State's Ryan Penn (0-2) was the hard-luck loser, surrendering four runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings of work. The Bulldogs (0-4) ultimately allowed four unearned runs.
UCLA took an early lead in the second inning when Taylor, after reaching on a single and advancing to third on a Denove single, was able to score on a botched pick-off attempt. Fresno State tied it with a run of its own in their half of the inning.
In the fifth the Bruins put three more on the board and took the lead for good. With the bases load and nobody out, center fielder Jarrad Page's potential double-play groundball was mishandled by third baseman Beau Mills, allowing a run to score and advancing all runners. Nolan Rouse's RBI ground out gave UCLA its second run of the inning and Penniall's RBI single a batter later capped the scoring.
The Bruins got three much needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh with some more help from the Fresno State defense. With one out and runners on second and third, Ambriz' attempted sacrifice bunt was misplayed by first baseman Kent Sakamoto, allowing Penniall to score his second run of the night. A passed ball and a Brett McMillan RBI ground out later in the inning gave UCLA all the runs it would need.
The Bulldogs mounted a charge in their half of the seventh when the Bruin bullpen faltered in relief of Ambriz. Ambriz, right-hander Dan Miltenberger and southpaw Brian Schroeder combined to walk five Bulldogs in the inning, including three with bases loaded. Simon stopped the bleeding with a pivotal strikeout after the Bulldogs had plated three runs.