April 13, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - Arizona scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference maker in a 4-3 win over UCLA on Thursday night at Kindall Field. The loss drops UCLA to 18-15 overall and 3-4 in the Pac-10 while Arizona improves to 15-16 and 3-4 in Pac-10 play.
Freshman Brandon Crawford led the Bruins with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with a home run and two runs scored. Senior Josh Roenicke went 2-for-2 with a run scored and freshman Tim Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game back since injuring his wrist on Feb. 14.
Junior Hector Ambriz went 6.0 solid innings allowing one run on eight hits with four strikeouts in the no decision.
UCLA jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Arizona in the first inning as Crawford led off the game with a solo home run to right field, his fourth jack of the season.
The Bruins had a prime opportunity for more runs in the first with the bases loaded and no outs. Murphy followed Crawford's blast with a double to left center, and senior Chris Jensen walked to put runners at first and second. Ambriz then reached on a fielder's choice as Arizona first baseman Brad Glenn threw the ball off Jensen's back trying to turn a double play to load the bases with no outs. UCLA would not capitalize as senior Sean Smith fouled out to first base and senior Brett McMillan grounded into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning.
Arizona tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning on a RBI single to center field with two outs by Derek Decater to score Konrad Schmidt from second base after he hit a two-out double down the right field line.
UCLA broke the tie in the fifth inning on a RBI single through the right side by Ambriz to score Crawford with one out. Murphy tried to score on the play but hesitated while rounding third base and was thrown out at home.
The Bruins turned their third double play of the game in the fifth inning on a spectacular diving stop by Smith with a glove flip to Crawford for a 4-6-3 double dip to end the inning.
Arizona put up three runs in the seventh inning to go up 4-2. Junior Paul Oseguera (2-1) entered the game in relief of Ambriz and issued back-to-back walks to Derek Decater and Brad Boyer to open the inning. Colt Sedbrook laid down a sacrifice bunt down the third base line to advance the runners. Jon Gaston then singled to center field to score Decater from third, as an off throw by Roenicke to home allowed Boyer to score and give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. Jason Donald added a RBI double to pick up Gaston and put UA up 4-2.
The Bruins came close to tying the game in the ninth inning, as Roenicke led off the inning with a walk. With two outs, junior Tim Stewart laced a RBI double to right center to score Roenicke from first and cut the UA lead to 4-3. Jensen would then ground out to second base with Stewart in scoring position to end the game.
UCLA and Arizona will play game two of the three game series on Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m.