April 14, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - UCLA junior Dave Huff earned his first complete-game victory of the season with 11 strikeouts to lead UCLA to a 13-8 win over Arizona on Friday night at Kindall Field. The victory improves the Bruins to 19-15 and 4-4 in the Pac-10 while Arizona falls to 15-17 and 3-5 in the Pac-10.
After giving up six runs in the first three innings, Huff (4-2) gained control of the game and shutout the Wildcats over five innings, retiring 16-of-17 batters he faced, and sitting down 11-consecutive batters in that span. Huff tossed his nine innings on 131 pitches, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits, with only one walk.
Arizona took an early 2-0 lead over UCLA in the first inning. Brad Boyer and Jon Gaston both singled through the right side to give the Wildcats runners at first and second. With one out, David Plante singled to left field to score Boyer but freshman Tim Murphy threw the ball away at third as no Bruin was covering the bag to allow Gaston to score from first base.
UCLA responded with a four spot in the second inning to take a 4-2 lead. Junior Tim Stewart started the inning off by reaching on an error by the UA third baseman Colt Sedbrook, and Eric Taylor, Jr. followed with a double to left field to give UCLA runners at second and third. Senior Sean Smith walked to load the bases. With one out, Roenicke grounded to Sedbrook at third who threw the ball away into right field trying to turn two, allowing Stewart and Taylor, Jr. to score and Smith to advance to third. Babineau followed with a RBI single to drive in Smith from third and give UCLA a 3-2 lead.
Freshman Brandon Crawford walked to reload the bases, as freshman Blair Dunlap singled to left field to score Roenicke to give UCLA a 4-2 lead and keep the bases loaded with one out. Senior Chris Jensen flied out to left field and Stewart popped out to shortstop to end the inning with the bases still loaded.
Arizona put up four in the third inning to take a 6-4 lead. Gaston laced a RBI double to put the score at 4-3, and Jason Donald hit a pop up to right field that got caught in the wind to drop for a RBI single and tie the game at 4-4. Plante's ground out to first scored a run to give the Wildcats a 5-4 lead and T.J. Steele's RBI single put UA up 6-4.
UCLA would battle back for two more runs in the fourth inning to tie the game 6-6. Dunlap doubled to left center to lead off the inning, and Jensen followed with a single up the middle to score Dunlap. Stewart was hit by a pitch to give UCLA two runners on base. With two outs, Murphy laced a base hit to right field to score Dunlap and tie the game at 6-6, but Stewart was thrown out at home trying to score from second base.
The Bruins scored one more in the fifth inning to take a 7-6 lead. Roenicke led off the inning with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Babineau scored him with a sacrifice fly to center field.
UCLA added three runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-6 lead. Jensen singled up the middle to lead off the inning, and Taylor Jr. singled through the left side to give the Bruins runners at first and third. Freshman Jermaine Curtis then singled through the right side to score Jensen from third and Taylor Jr. scored from first as Jon Gaston misplayed the ball in right. Roenicke singled through the left side to pick up Curtis from third and give UCLA a 10-6 lead.
The Bruins added three more runs in the eighth inning to go up 13-6. Stewart led off the inning with a single through the left side, followed by a Taylor Jr. walk, as Curtis sacrificed the runners over. Stewart then scored on a wild pitch to give UCLA an 11-6 advantage. Roenicke scored Taylor Jr. on a safety squeeze, and Babineau's RBI single to center field put the Bruins up 13-6.
Arizona used two RBI singles in the ninth inning to cut UCLA's lead to 13-8 but would not get any closer than that.
UCLA and Arizona will play the final game of the three-game series on Sunday, April 15 at 12 p.m.