Baseball takes one from Bruins

The No.17-ranked Arizona baseball team salvaged one win in its three-game weekend series against UCLA in Los Angeles on Sunday with a 12-10 win over the Bruins. The victory evened Arizona's Pac-10 record at 3-3 and improved its overall record to 22-10 for the season. UCLA, which lost in conference play for the first time this season on Sunday, dropped to 16-16 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10.

The Wildcats opened the scoring with four runs in the third and added three in the fourth, one each in the fifth and sixth and three in the seventh. Arizona rapped out 12 hits in the game to go along with five UCLA errors to avoid its first series sweep of the season. The win also snapped Arizona's season-high tying two game losing streak.

Reliever Sean Rierson (5-1) picked up his fifth win of the season with two innings of work out of the bullpen. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits with one strike out and no walks.

Offensively, Brian Anderson led all Arizona players with a 3 for 5, 4 RBI-day at the plate. The junior also hit his team leading ninth home run of the season in the game.

Game two
The No. 17-ranked Arizona baseball team rallied for four runs in the ninth inning, but came up on the short end of a 7-5 decision to UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday. The loss, Arizona's second in as many days to the Bruins, dropped the Wildcats' record to 21-10 for the season and 2-3 in conference play.

UCLA staked itself to a 7-1 lead on 10 hits off of Arizona starter Richie Gardner (6-1). Wes Whisler and Billy Susdorf hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run fifth for the Bruins off of Gardner, who picked up his first loss of the season after lasting just 4 1/3 innings.

The Wildcats, who managed just two hits through the first eight innings, closed to within two runs in the ninth before UCLA reliever Kevin Jerkins ended the game away on Jordan Brown's fly ball to center. Run-scoring singles by Brad Boyer and Brian Anderson cut the UCLA lead to 7-3 and Richard Mercado hit a two-run homer to close the gap to at 7-5 before Jenkins was finally able to put the game away.

Whisler, who finished the game 2 for 4 at plate, also picked up the win for the Bruins on the mound. The sophomore southpaw (3-4) gave up just two hits in seven innings, while striking out three and walking one.

Game One
The No. 17-ranked Arizona baseball team lost its Pac-10 road opener, 6-4, to UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday. The loss dropped Arizona to 21-9 for the season and 2-2 in the Pac-10.

Brandon Averill's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and handed UCLA (15-15, 1-0) its first conference win of the year. Reliever Mark Worrell (1-3) was tagged with his third loss of the season after giving up two runs on one hit and four walks in three innings pitched.

UCLA reliever Doug Silva improved to 3-0 for the year after shutting down the Arizona bats to just two hits over the final five innings. He struck out five and walked just one.

Arizona, which out-hit UCLA 9 to 7 in the game, stranded six runners on base, including five in scoring position. Freshmen Brad Boyer and Jordan Brown were the only Wildcat batters to pair hits in the game, finishing 2 for 5 and 2 for 4, respectively.

Arizona and UCLA will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tucson time. Arizona will send reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Richie Gardner to the mound against 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Wes Whisler.

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