WSU Can't Hold Off UCLA, Fall 18-7
May 25, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Brandon Averill hit for the cycle to lead UCLA's 25-hit attach in a 18-7 Bruin win over Washington State Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field in the season's final baseball game for both teams. The win gave the Bruins two wins in the three-game series.
WSU (19-37 overall, 7-17 Pacific-10 Conference) starter Tony Banaszak (2-9) took the loss and showed the effects of a month-long layoff, allowing seven hits and six second-inning runs. Brett Beetham, Garrett Alwert and James Freeman finished up on the mound for WSU.
Mike Kunes (5-2) picked up the win for UCLA (28-31, 11-13), throwing five innings while allowing eight hits and six runs. Chris Cordeiro threw two innings in relief, with Mike Castillo and Doug Silva finishing up for UCLA with one inning each.
Averill, UCLA's third baseman, collected his single and double in the second inning when the Bruins sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight times. He belted his tenth home run of the year in the third, a three-run shot to left field. After grounding out in the fifth, he lined a triple to the wall in right center that just evaded the glove of a diving Collin Henderson.
Three other Bruins went yard against WSU, with Christian Lewis ripping a three-run home run in the second, Preston Griffin a two-run shot in the fourth and Brett McMillan another two-run long ball in the sixth.
WSU had its share of extra base hits, with Jeremy Farrar hitting his eighth home run of the year in the third that also scored Jay Miller. Seven of WSU's 12 hits were doubles, including two by Wes Falkenborg and one each off the bats of Miller, Jonathan Fender, Grant Richardson, Bruce Jasobsen and Farrar.
WSU tried to keep pace with the Bruins, pushing across two runs in the second and three in the third, but they still trailed 12-5. In the fourth UCLA scored twice and WSU answered with one in the fifth. The Bruins added two more in the sixth, while WSU had one run in the bottom of the inning. UCLA closed out the scoring with two more runs in the seventh inning.
Jacobsen's double came in the second inning and sent both Falkenborg and Derek Bruce home. In the third Bruce's sacrifice fly to center scored Richardson after Farrar had hit his home run. Falkenborg picked up his double in the fifth to score Farrar, who also had doubled. In the sixth, Fender's double scored Henderson, who singled with one out.
Miller's one hit allowed him to finish the season with a .341 batting average, enough to win the Cougar title. Justin Hart closed out the season at .338, but did not play Sunday.
WSU finishes the season tied with Oregon State for eighth in the Pac-10, the first time since the league went to round-robin play that the Cougars have not finished ninth. WSU's seven wins in league play also is the most since full league play began in 1999.
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