April 29, 2006
Berkeley, Calif. - California center fielder Brennan Boesch's game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning spoiled UCLA's comeback in the ninth inning, giving the Golden Bears a 3-2 upset win over the No.22-ranked Bruins on Saturday afternoon at Evans Field. The loss drops UCLA to 24-18 overall and 8-6 in the Pac-10 while Cal improves to 20-22 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-10.
The Bruins could not capitalize on a brilliant performance by junior starter Dave Huff who tossed 10.0 innings with three strikeouts, allowing two runs on seven hits with only one walk. Huff held the Golden Bears scoreless for the final nine innings in his outing, retiring 27 of the final 31 hitters that came to the plate.
UCLA would tally eight walks in the game, but stranded 12 runners on base.
Cal went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run to left field by Chris Errecart.
UCLA put one on the board in the second inning to cut the Golden Bear lead to 2-1. Senior Brett McMillan walked and senior Sean Smith was hit by a pitch to give the Bruins runners at first and second. With two outs, Roenicke singled up the middle to score McMillan from second.
UCLA had a big opportunity to score some runs in the top of the sixth inning but hung a goose egg on the board instead. Senior Chris Jensen and junior Hector Ambriz both walked on four pitches to give UCLA two runners. McMillan then laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first as Cal second baseman Brett Munster failed to tag the bag.
With the bases loaded and no outs, the Bruins would not capitalize. Freshman Blair Dunlap pinch hit for freshman Tim Murphy and grounded to back to the mound as Jensen was thrown out at home on the force play. Smith then popped out to shallow center field and Roenicke ended the threat with a foul out behind the plate.
Huff would shut down the Golden Bears, as he retired 17-of-18 batters including 13-consecutive hitters before issuing a walk to Garrett Bussiere with one out in the seventh inning.
Down 2-1, UCLA would fight for a run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 2-2 and stay alive. Babineau led off with a single to center field, and Crawford laid down a bunt single down the first base line to put runners at first and second. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Jermaine Curtis advanced pinch runner Brady Dolan to third and Crawford to second. Jensen followed with a ground out to second base to score Dolan from third and tie things up at two.
Cal would take the game in the bottom of the 11th inning. After a ground out to shortstop by Rob Nesbitt to open the bottom half of the inning, Allen Craig and Errecart would hit back-to-back singles to center field off of freshman Jason Novak. Junior Paul Oseguera came in to relieve Novak and face Boesch. During the at bat, Craig and Errecart advanced to second and third on a double steal. That drew in the infield as Boesch then hit a chopper that bounced over the head of Crawford at shortstop to score Craig from third for the game-winning run.
UCLA and Cal will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday, April 30 at Evans Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.