May. 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Mike Metzger's two-out, two-RBI pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted UCLA over California, 4-2 Sunday afternoon in the finale of this weekend's Pac-10 series. Brian Schroeder (2-5) earned the victory for UCLA with two innings of perfect relief as UCLA (10-30, 1-11 Pac-10) picked up its first conference win of the year.
Schroeder and starter Brant Rustich limited the Golden Bears to just two hits while UCLA pounded out eight against three Bear relievers. California's Allen Craig accounted for both of the Bears' hits, his first coming in the form of a home run during the game's first at bat.
UCLA right fielder Chris Jensen extended his hitting streak to 11 eleven games with a 3-for-3 day at the plate.
Cal took advantage of a Bruin error in the top of the seventh to regain a 2-1 lead. After James Holder walked to lead off the inning, first baseman Mike Van Winden's sacrifice bunt attempt was mishandled by Rustich, who then fired over to first where Sharp was unable to hold onto the throw, allowing Van Winden to reach first and Holder to advance to third. A wild pitch later brought home Van Winden but Rustich would eventually escape the jam without allowing another run.
Then in the eighth with the Bruins still trailing 2-1, left fielder Will Penniall, making his first start of the series, launched a 3-2 pitch deep over the right field wall for his first home run of the season. Jensen then singled to left and designated hitter Hector Ambriz sacrificed him to second. Cal reliever Travis Talbott then intentionally walked Sean Carpenter to bring up third baseman Brett McMillan. McMillan grounded out to short, allowing both runners to advance. Metzger then stepped in for Sharp and delivered the game-winning blow.
The victory gives UCLA its first two-win week since its four-game winning streak back on February 6-13. The Bruins defeated UC Irvine, 3-1 on Tuesday.
Head Coach John Savage is now just two wins away from career No. 100