May 15, 2004
The UCLA pitching staff held Washington State (25-21, 6-12) to one run on six hits as the Bruins (28-24, 9-8) defeated the Cougars 3-1 at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
David Johnson improved to 2-2 on the season as he allowed one run and struck out five in his 6.1 inning outing. Relievers Brian Schroeder and Kyle Wilson did not allow a hit over the final 2.2 innings. Wilson picked up his third save of the season as he recorded the final two Cougar outs.
UCLA posted a run in the bottom of the first frame to take an early 1-0 lead. Wes Whisler would bring Brett McMillan across home plate with a single up the middle. McMillan had reached on a single earlier in the inning.
In the second, McMillan would provide the RBI as his second single of the day drove in Mike Svetlic. The second baseman had gotten on base with a bunt single.
The Cougars would score their only run of the day in the top of the third to cut the Bruin advantage in half. Jay Miller would drive in Jason Freeman with a single through the left side.
Whisler gave UCLA another two-run lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as he crushed a pitch from Aaron MacKenzie and sent it over the screen in center field. It was Whisler's fifth home run of the season.
MacKenzie threw a complete game, allowing seven hits in eight innings.
The Bruins and Cougars will play the rubber match of the three-game series at noon on Sunday. A pre-game ceremony honoring the five Bruin seniors and Coach Adams will begin at 11:40 a.m.