May 21, 2006
Los Angeles - UCLA junior Tim Stewart hit a game winning walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to propel UCLA to a dramatic 8-7 win over Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The series-clinching win improves the Bruins to 30-22 overall and 12-9 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal falls to 29-23 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10.
Stewart finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and four RBI, for the first multi-home run game by a player of the season for the Bruins. Freshman Blair Dunlap went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored, and freshman Ryan Babineau went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Senior Josh Roenicke (2-3) earned the win by pitching a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
Stanford jumped out to a 4-0 lead over UCLA in the top of the first inning. Chris Minaker got the Cardinal on the board with a tailor-made double play ball that took a bad hop past freshman Brandon Crawford at shortstop to score Ryan Seawell from second. With one out, junior starter Tyson Brummett walked the bases load. Chris Lewis followed with a two-run single to left, and Jason Castro hit a RBI single through the right side to put Stanford up by four.
Stanford went up 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI single to center by Joey August.
Stanford freshman starter Jeremy Bleich held UCLA hitless through three innings, and retired seven-of-eight Bruins before giving up a single to freshman Cody Decker in the fourth inning.
UCLA got hot in the fifth, as the Bruins scored six runs in the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Freshman Jermaine Curtis hit a RBI double down the left field line to give UCLA its first run of the game, and Crawford followed with a RBI single to shortstop. Senior Chris Jensen then singled through the left side to cut the Stanford lead to 5-3. With one out, Stewart connected for a three-run home run to left field to put the Bruins up 6-5.
Stanford tied the game in the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run to right with one out by Lewis.
UCLA loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out but could not capitalize. Dunlap walked to lead off the inning, Babineau reached on a bunt single, and Curtis was hit by a pitch to load them up. Crawford then struck out on three pitches, and Jensen grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Stanford took a 7-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a solo bomb by Michael Taylor to left center with one out.
Dunlap tied the game for UCLA at 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo home run to left on the first pitch he saw to lead off the inning.
Roenicke came in to pitch from center field and shut down Stanford to keep the game tied at 7-7.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Stewart drove a 0-1 pitch over the left center wall for a game-winning walk off home run to win the game for the Bruins.
The win gave UCLA its sixth-consecutive home series win on the season, a program first in over 30 years.
UCLA will next play UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 23 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The game time is set for 6 p.m.