May 11, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision to UCLA at Frank Sancet Field on Saturday night. The loss snapped a modest two-game conference winning streak as Arizona fell to 29-19 for the season and 7-10 in conference play. UCLA's victory boosted its overall record to 23-29 and pulled even with Arizona in Pac-10 action at 7-10.
Down 2-0 through the first two innings, the Wildcats plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take a one-run lead on RBI singles by Brad Hassey and Brian Anderson and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Justyn St. Clair.
The one run advantage held up through the middle innings before Billy Susdorf tied the game with his first career home run to left field to leadoff the seventh. The Bruins took the lead four batter later as Ryan Rasmussen plated Warren Trott from third with a two out single up the middle off of reliever Chris Goodman.
UCLA added another run in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring and seal the victory. Arizona starter Joe Little was saddled with his fifth loss of the season. The southpaw gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings of work. Despite the loss, Little did strikeout eight Bruin hitters while walking just one.
UCLA's Wes Whisler improved to 5-2 on the mound, surrendering just the three runs on seven hits, but saw his team-high 11-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0 for 4 performance at the plate.
The two schools will meet on Sunday for the rubber game of the three-game series at noon. Arizona will send Marc Kaiser to the mound.