Bruins Break the Streak, Defeat #18 USC 7-4

March 7, 2003

Final Stats

For the first time since February 16th, 2001 the UCLA Baseball team (11-11) defeated #18 USC (8-9), 7-4 in front of 533 fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win ended a streak of 11 straight losses to the Trojans and also marked the Bruins' third victory over a ranked opponent.

It was the first inning that started the Bruin arsenal as they posted five runs on five hits in the first frame. Back-to-back singles from Preston Griffin and Brett McMillan started the game for UCLA. Billy Susdorf would put the Bruins ahead for good with a three-run homer off Trojan starter Brian Bannister, his fourth of the year. Chris Denove continued the rally with a one-out single. After a Hector Ambriz popup, Ryan McCarthy was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second for Brandon Averill. The junior third baseman drove both runners home with a double to left center. After one inning, UCLA led 5-1.

USC posted one run in each of its first three innings, including scoring on a balk in the first and on a wild pitch in the second. However, starter Mike Kunes would calm down to strikeout seven Trojans in five and one-third innings.

In the fifth inning, the Bruins would also post a run as a result of a balk. Wes Whisler hit a one-out single through the right side to give UCLA a base runner. After consecutive walks to Ambriz and McCarthy, Whisler would cross the plate on a Bannister balk.

The Trojans posted their final run in the sixth inning when Spencer Gordon's RBI-double brought in Trevor McAndrews, who had reached on a single.

UCLA added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Ambriz's double down the right field line drove in Denove, who had reached base on his second single of the night.

Kunes earned his fourth win of 2003, allowing four runs on eight hits. Junior Chris Cordeiro picked up his fourth save of the year, not allowing a hit in the ninth and sriking out one.

Along with Denove, Griffin and Matt Thayer each finished with two hits. Susdorf led the team with three RBI, while Averill added two. The series will continue Saturday at 1:00. The game will be televised on Fox Sports West 2.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29 - 11:00 AM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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