April 3, 2004
UCLA (14-13, 0-2) came back from a nine-run deficit to even the score, but top-ranked Stanford (23-3, 2-0) scored two runs in the ninth inning to claim a 15-13 Pac-10 win.
The Bruins found themselves down 11-2 after the Cardinal posted eight runs in the top of the fourth inning. However, UCLA started on the comeback trail in the bottom of the fifth frame as back-to-back singles from Jarrad Page and Chad Concolino got the inning started. A bad throw on a fielder's choice would allow Page to score from first and leave Matt Thayer at first base. Three consecutive singles from Mike Svetlic, Wes Whisler and Ryan McCarthy would bring in two more runs to cut the Cardinal lead to 11-5.
After Stanford added a run in the top of the sixth, the Bruins posted three more in the bottom of the frame. After Chris Denove led off the inning with a single and Page walked a batter later. Concolino would drive in three runs with his second home run of the season. At the end of six, Stanford led 12-8.
A solo home run from Johnny Ash would give Stanford its 13th run of the game in the seventh inning. However, the Bruins would drop the lead back to four runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Preston Griffin would score on a single from Thayer after he had doubled to lead off the inning.
A solo homer from McCarthy, his second of the day, brought UCLA within three runs in the eighth inning before Page tied the game with a three-run shot later in the frame. Page drove in Griffin, who had walked, and Denove, who had singled.
Despite UCLA posting 13 runs, which is a season-high allowed by the Cardinal, Ash would hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to seal the Stanford win.
Adam Simon, who pitched the ninth frame, suffered the loss and dropped to 0-2 on the year.
McCarthy matched career-highs with four hits and four RBI. He also posted the first multiple home run game of his career.
Page and Concolino both set new career-highs with three RBI. Page also scored three times.
The Bruins and Cardinal will wrap-up the three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Left-hander Wes Whisler will take the mound for UCLA.