April 24, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - UCLA (23-16, 6-5) scored six runs in the sixth inning to come back from a three-run deficit as the Bruins posted a 10-7 victory over California (21-25, 6-11). The win marked the fourth consecutive for UCLA.
UCLA put up a run in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. A one-out walk to Brett McMillan would turn into a Bruin run when he went to third on a single from Ryan McCarthy and scored on a ground out from Wes Whisler. After California tied the score in the bottom ofthe first, the Bruins scored another run in the top of the third. A two-out double from Whisler would bring McMillan around after he had walked.
California put up four runs in the third. A two-run double from Chris Errecart highlighted the frame. At the end of three, the Golden Bears led 5-2.
UCLA broke the game wide open in the sixth inning, socring six runs to take a 8-5 advantage. Five walks, a throwing error, and RBI singles from McMillan and Chris Denove brought the runs across home plate.
Denove would add two more runs to the Bruin lead with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh frame. It was the catcher's second home run of the weekend and his third round tripper in the last four Bruin games. Denove brought Preston Griffin, who had singled earlier in the frame, across home plate.
Whisler and Denove both drove in three runs, while McCarthy, Denove and Griffin each had two hits.
Adam Simon earned the win for the Bruins as he threw 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. He allowed only one hit and struck out two batters.
Kevin Brophy earned his first collegiate save as he finished the game for UCLA. He pitched the last 1.1 frames and struck out the final two Golden Bears.
The series will conclude tomorrow when the Bruins and Golden Bears face-off in a 1:00 p.m. contest. Junior left-hander Wes Whisler (1-3) will get the start on the mound for UCLA.