UCLA Rallies with Three-Run Ninth to Defeat USC, 7-6

April 14, 2007

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Los Angeles - Down to their last strike, the UCLA baseball team rallied behind clutch two-out hits from sophomores Brandon Crawford and Cody Decker in the top of the ninth to overcome a 6-4 deficit and defeat crosstown rival USC, 7-6, at Dedeaux Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins won the season series against the Trojans and extended their win streak against USC to four games.

With two outs and runners at second and third, Crawford lined an 0-and-2 base hit to left field, scoring sophomores Eddie Murray and Ryan Babineau to tie the score, 6-6. Crawford took second base on left fielder Lucas Duda's fielding error. Decker squirted a ground ball to the right side of the infield, bringing home Crawford from second to hand UCLA a 7-6 lead.

USC (19-17, 2-6 Pac-10) stranded runners at first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich struck out USC shortstop Grant Green to record his team-leading sixth save. Left-hander Brendan Lafferty (3-0) threw 3.0 scoreless innings for UCLA (17-16, 7-1 Pac-10) and allowed just one hit while striking out one.

Decker finished 3-for-4 and second baseman Alden Carrithers hit 2-for-5. Each Bruin tallied one run, two RBI and one solo home run. Green posted a 3-for-5 effort at the plate to lead USC. Trojan right-hander Ryan Cook allowed four runs off eight hits through 6.2 innings, and right-hander Paul Koss (2-3) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs off three hits in the top of the ninth.

USC took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and added another run in the second inning when third baseman Hector Rabago belted a home run to left field, giving USC a 4-0 advantage.

The Bruins scored in the fourth inning on Carrithers' solo home run, his second round-tripper of the season. USC regained its four-run cushion on a sacrifice fly to foul territory in right field by Owen, scoring shortstop Grant Green from third to lead 5-1.

Decker connected for his team-leading eighth home run in the top of the sixth, cutting the Trojans' lead to 5-2. USC responded with a solo home run by catcher Johnny Bowden in the bottom of the sixth. The Bruins added two runs in the top of the seventh and stranded runners at the corners to end the top of the seventh trailing 6-4.

UCLA concludes its three-game series at USC on Sunday at 1 p.m. Freshman left-hander Gavin Brooks will start for the Bruins and sophomore left-hander Anthony Vasquez will take the hill for the host Trojans.

Game Notes: With the series win over USC, the Bruins earned five points in the 2006-07 Lexus Gauntlet Challenge to reach the 57.5-point total needed to win the trophy - UCLA leads USC, 57.5 to 22.5 this season; the final result of the Lexus Gauntlet is pending the conclusion of several other spring sports...Bruin left-hander Tim Murphy allowed five runs off seven hits in 4.1 innings...Murphy struck out three hitters and issued two walks...UCLA trailed by as many as four runs twice (5-1 and 6-2)...UCLA has posted a 7-1 record in Pac-10 play - according to UCLA's historical records, the Bruins have never began their conference slate with a 7-1 or better mark after their first eight games (since 1967)...UCLA last won a three-game series at Dedeaux Field in 1999 (two wins in three games).


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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
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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