May 9, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Starter Casey Janssen held Washington to only two runs and struck out 11 to lead the UCLA baseball team to a 5-4 win over the Huskies Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series.
The Huskies had their chance to come back late. Down three runs entering the final inning, UW catcher Aaron Hathaway blooped a two-out two run single in the ninth to close the UCLA lead to one run, but with two on, Kyle Larsen flied out to end it.
The win drew the Bruins even with the UW in the Pac-10 standings. UCLA improved to 24-26 overall and 8-8 in the Pac-10 while Washington fell to 33-15 and 8-8 in conference. The Bruins and Huskies, along with
Janssen, a sophomore righty, worked seven innings for the win, improving to 5-5 on the season. He held the UW to five hits and walked only one. UW senior Sean White had two streaks broken in the loss. He'd won six straight decisions this season and his last eight decisions against Pac-10 opposition, dating back to 2001. White worked only two and one-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
UCLA reliever Doug Silva, who worked the eighth and ninth innings, allowing the two runs in the final frame, earned his second save.
Washington got on the board in the first inning when Greg Isaacson belted a one-out solo homer to dead center field, his seventh home run of the season. UCLA, however, tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from first baseman Wes Whisler. It could have been worse as the Bruins' first four batters all reached base. Two of those runners, however, were picked off.
In the second, the UW went back in front, 2-1, taking advantage of a pair of Bruin errors. Tila Reynolds led off by chopping a ball to third baseman Brandon Averill, whose throw to first was wild, allowing Reynolds to reach second. After a wild pitch moved the runner to third, Mike Wagner rolled a hard grounder that was misplayed by shortstop Ryan McCarthy, allowing Reynolds to cross the plate.
UCLA took its first lead in the third. After loading the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single, White got Whisler to pop up for the first out, but was lifted for reliever David Dowling. Dowling got a grounder and a force at the plate for the second out and was a strike away from getting out of the jam before Warren Trott laced a 2-2 pitch into left for a two-run double, giving UCLA a 3-2 lead.
Washington nearly got out of, bases-loaded jam in the sixth. With the sacks full and one down, Dowling snagged a hard grounder back to the mound off the bat of Billy Susdorf. However, Dowling's throw to second to try and start a double play was errant and two Bruins came home to extend their team's lead to 5-2. After a walk loaded the bases once more, Husky freshman reliever Matt Kasser came on to record the last two outs without another runner scoring.
Isaacson finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run and Hathaway was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Susdorf had three hits to lead the Bruins.
The Huskies and Bruins go at it again Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pacific-10 Conference UCLA 5, Washington 4 Washington 110 000 002 -- 4 8 1 UCLA 102 002 00x -- 5 9 3 Sean White, David Dowling (3), Matt Kasser (6) and Aaron Hathaway. Casey Janssen, Doug Silva (8) and Warren Trott. W - Janssen (5-5). L - White (6-4). Sv - Silva (2). 2B - UCLA, Trott. HR - UW, Greg Isaacson (7). T - 3:21. A - 474. Records: UW 33-15, 8-8 Pac- 10; UCLA 24-26, 8-8 Pac-10.