UCLA Gets Past UC Irvine In Malibu Regional, 3-2

June 2, 2006

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Malibu, Calif - UCLA junior RHP Hector Ambriz tossed a complete game, and freshmen Ryan Babineau and Brandon Crawford provided key hits to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. UCLA improves to 33-23 and will play No. 1-seed Pepperdine on Satruday, June 3 at 3 p.m.

Ambriz (8-7) earned his second complete-game win of the year, allowing two run (both unearned) on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. Ambriz finished the game strong, retiring the final 13-of-14 Anteaters he faced to close out a tough win for UCLA.

Senior Chris Jensen led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a RBI, Babineau hit a game-tying solo home run, and Crawford finished 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI double in the seventh. Freshman Blair Dunlap went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Ambriz also had two singles in the game.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead over UC Irvine in the bottom of the first inning. Crawford led off with a walk on four pitches and freshman Jermaine Curtis followed with a single to left center to advance Crawford to third base. Jensen then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Crawford for the first run of the game.

Ambriz cruised through the first four innings of the game, giving up just two hits while holding the Anteaters scoreless before running into some trouble in the top of the fifth.

With two outs in the fifth, UC Irvine rallied for two runs to take a 2-1 lead over the Bruins. UCI's Aaron Lowenstein singled to right, Danny McCarthy double to right center, and Taylor Holiday walked to load the bases. Ben Orloff then hit a ground ball that got past Curtis at third base to score Lowenstein and McCarthy, and give UCI a one-run lead. Cody Cipriano walked to reload the bases, but Ambriz got Jamie Martinez to ground out to senior Sean Smith at second base to end the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Babineau tied the game up at 2-2 with a solo home run to left field on the first pitch he saw in the at bat.

UCLA regained the lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dunlap singled to lead off the inning, and then stole second. With two outs, Crawford hit a clutch RBI double to right center to score Dunlap and give UCLA a one-run lead.

Ambriz breezed past UC Irvine in the final two innings, retiring the last six-consecutive batters he faced to end the game.

UCLA will play Pepperdine at 3 p.m. in the second round of the Malibu Regional on Saturday, June 3.


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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
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
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at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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