Bruins Rally Past Hurricanes, 7-4

Feb. 11, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles - The UCLA baseball team rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a come-from-behind victory over No. 21 Miami, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With the win, the Bruins improve to 2-3 on the season, while the Hurricanes drop to 4-3.

Down by a score of 4-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins got some momentum going on back-to-back walks by seniors Sean Smith and Chris Jensen to start off the inning. Junior Eric Taylor, Jr. laid down a bunt to load the bases after Miami pitcher Raudel Alfonso was unable to get Smith out at third base. Junior Hector Ambriz then pinch hit, and was hit by a pitch to score Smith and tie the game at 3-3.

Freshman Tim Murphy kept the rally going with a pinch hit walk to score pinch runner freshman Blair Dunlap, and freshman Jermaine Curtis followed with a RBI single through the left side to put the Bruins up 6-4. Freshman catcher Ryan Babineau added a RBI single to shortstop to give UCLA its 7-4 cushion.

Junior RHP Brant Rustich (1-0) pitched 1.2 innings of relief work to earn the win, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two batters.

Miami jumped ahead of UCLA early, scoring a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly, and another run on a solo home run to right field by Tommy Giles to go up 2-0 in the fourth inning.

UCLA got on the board in the sixth on a solo home run by junior Will Penniall to left-center field to lead off the inning, and a two-out solo bomb to deep center field by junior Tim Stewart to tie the game at 2-2.

Miami's Eddie Rodriguez would break that tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out home run, putting the `Canes up 3-2. Miami would load the bases with two outs, but freshman Jason Novak came in to strikeout Danny Valencia to kill the threat.

The Bruins would tie the game at 3-3 on a RBI double down the left field line by Babineau to score sophomore Mike Metzger from second base.

Miami would go up for the last time in the game on a wild pitch by Rustich in the top of the eighth inning.

UCLA and Miami will play the final game of their three-game series on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is set for 1 p.m.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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