UCLA Drubs NC State Baseball, 12-5
Feb. 15, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ryan McCarthy went 3-for-3 with a grand-slam home run and five RBIs, and Billy Susdorf hit a three-run homer as UCLA, powered by a 10-run fourth inning, downed NC State 12-5 on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Field.
The Bruins, who have won the first two games of the three-game series, improved to 5-4 with the victory, while the Wolfpack fell to 2-2 with the loss. UCLA starter Casey Janssen (1-1) picked up the win after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He walked one and struck out five. Junior lefthander Nate Cretarolo (1-1) was tagged with the loss for the Wolfpack. He allowed 11 runs on eight hits in 3-2/3 innings. He walked six and struck out two.
NC State jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Justin Riley led off and was hit by a pitch. David Hicks hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, but both runners were safe when UCLA second baseman Preston Griffin missed the second-base bag and then threw late to first base. Jeremy Dutton got both runners home with a double off the wall in right field.
The Bruins cut the lead to 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the third. Chris Denove doubled to center field, and went to third on a single to right by Brandon Averill. Matt Thayer's sacrifice fly to right got the run in.
The Wolfpack squandered a pair of golden opportunities in the third and fourth. The Pack had runners on second and third with none out n the third, and then had runners at first and third with none out in the fourth, but did not score in either inning, stranding five runners in the two innings. Then came the bottom of the fourth, when Bruins erupted for 10 runs and sent 14 men to the plate.
With one away, Thayer walked and stole second. McCarthy singled to right to drive in Thayer and went to second on a balk by Cretarolo. Sean Carpenter singled to right to drive in McCarthy with the go-ahead run, and Carpenter then stole second. Griffin popped out for the second out of the inning, but Kevin Conlin singled to right to drive in Carpenter and make it 4-2. Wes Whisler walked, and Susdorf homered to left to drive in three and give UCLA and 7-2 lead.
Cretarolo appeared to have the final out of the inning in hand when Denove hit a fly ball to right, but the ball went over the head of Mezistrano for a double, and Averill and Thayer walked to load the bases. McCarthy's grand slam cleared the sacks and gave the Bruins an 11-2 lead.
Colt Morton got one run back for the Wolfpack with a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth, his third of the year, but pinch-hitter Jeff Abney got that run back with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame.
Camp led off the top of the seventh with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Conor Clougherty pinch-hit for Mezistrano and singled to center. Camp took third on the play, and Joe Gaetti drove in Camp with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jeremy Dutton's solo homer to right in the top of the eighth cut the Bruins' lead to 12-5.
The final game of the series will be on Sunday, February 16, at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.