April 9, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Josh Roenicke drove in four runs and Bruin reliever Hector Ambriz held off a late Cougar rally as UCLA came away with a 10-7 victory over Washington State University in a Pacific-10 Conference game Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
With the loss the Cougars fall to 22-12 on the season, 4-5 in conference action. UCLA improves to 18-14 overall, 3-3 in Pac-10 play, as they take two of three games in the series.
Much like Friday's contest when WSU loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth and the tying run at the plate, Sunday's game saw the Cougars put themselves in position for another comeback. Jim Murphy drove a one-out single up the middle that scored Jeff Miller, cutting the lead to 10-7. With runners at first and second and one out, the tying run was at the plate. Ambriz, the UCLA reliever who picked up the win in Friday's opener, fanned Mike Gilbert then got Krauser to pop to short to end the game.
The Cougars opened the scoring with a four-run third inning. Ryan Krauser drove in the first two as his single up the middle scored Jim Murphy and Zach Franklin. One out later, Jay Miller got his first hit of the series, a single through the left side that scored Krauser. Paul Gran capped the inning with a single to right that brought home Miller.
UCLA cut the lead to one with three runs in the fourth. Ambriz had an RBI single and Roenicke's single up the middle brought home two more. The Bruins went ahead for good in the sixth as they put five more runs on the board. UCLA had seven hits in the inning, getting RBI singles from Anthony Norman, Brandon Crawford and Eric Taylor.
In Saturday's game the Cougar bullpen worked seven and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Sunday the bullpen could not muster the same results. Starter Wayne Daman Jr. came out in the fifth after allowing three runs on five hits. Reese Baker got out of the fifth but retired just one batter in the sixth as he allowed two runs on two hits in suffering his second loss of the season. In all six pitchers saw action in the contest, with Jeremy Johnson working the last 2/3 of an inning in his first appearance of the season.
The Cougars cut the lead to 8-6 in the seventh when Jeff Miller's one-out, bases-loaded single to right brought home Krauser and Jay Miller. UCLA scored single runs in the seventh and eight, the latter a solo home run off the bat of Ryan Babineau, to make it a 10-6 game.
WSU banged out 14 hits on the contest, four from Jeff Miller and two each from Jay Miller, Krauser, Murphy and Travis Coulter. The Bruins had 13 hits on the day, two each from Crawford, Taylor, Ambriz, Babineau and Chris Jensen. Paul Oseguera improved to 2-0 as he worked two innings while Ambriz picked up his second save of the season.
WSU is next in action Thursday when it begins a three-game series against California at Bailey-Brayton Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.