May 16, 2003
Seventh-ranked Stanford (37-14) scored in each of the first five innings to build a lead too large for UCLA (25-29) to overcome as the Bruins fell 9-1 at Sunken Diamond on Friday night.
Stanford posted a run in each of the first two innings. In the first, back-to-back singles and an RBI-ground out from Ryan Garko drove in the first run. A solo home run from Chris Carter in the second gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead after two.
The Cardinal exploded for five consecutive hits in the bottom of the third frame as three more runs would cross home plate. After three, UCLA trailed 5-0.
After Stanford added a run in the fourth and Mike Kunes came in to relieve starter Casey Janssen, Brandon Averill recorded UCLA's first hit of the contest with a single through the right side. However, a pop-out would end the Bruins' chances of scoring.
UCLA broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the seventh frame as Wes Whisler and Chris Jensen led off the inning with a pair of singles. After a Warren Trott walked to load the bases, Whisler scored on a double play. At the end of seven and a half, Stanford led 7-1.
Two more Cardinal runs came across home plate in the bottom of the eighth inning to insure the win.
Stanford starter John Hudgins threw a complete game, allowing only four Bruin hits while striking out ten.
The Cardinal and Bruins will face-off in the second game of the series tomorrow in a 1:00 p.m. match-up at Sunken Diamond. Left-hander Wes Whisler (3-6) will get the start on the mound for UCLA.