Feb. 27, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Second baseman Alden Carrithers' one-out bloop single scored center fielder Brady Dolan from second base in the bottom of the 13th inning Wednesday evening, sending the No. 3 UCLA baseball team to a thrilling 5-4 victory in a five-hour, 35-minute contest.
The Bruins (2-1), playing in their second consecutive extra-inning game, trailed from the start before tying the contest, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth inning. UCLA's bullpen shutdown the visiting Gauchos (3-1), as four relief pitchers combined to blank UC Santa Barbara in the game's final nine innings.
UCLA battled Oklahoma in 12 innings on Saturday evening, dropping a 3-2 decision in that contest.
Carrithers finished the ballgame 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run. Designated hitter Cody Decker registered a 2-for-3 performance, totaling two RBI and drawing three walks. First baseman Casey Haerther and catcher Ryan Babineau each recorded two hits and scored one run.
Left-hander Justin Uribe (1-0), who spent the first 12 innings playing in the outfield, shut down UC Santa Barbara in the 13th inning, totaling two strikeouts to earn his first collegiate victory. UC Santa Barbara's Zach Samuels (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing one run and one hit in 0.2 innings of relief.
UCLA's pitching staff recorded 18 strikeouts, the highest total by any Bruin team since March 25, 2000, when UCLA fanned 18 batters in a 2-1 home loss to Washington.
UC Santa Barbara claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by catcher Chris McMurray. The Gauchos assumed a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third on an RBI groundout by McMurray.
UCLA cut the Gauchos' lead in half, scoring one run in the third. Decker drew a walk with the bases loaded, scoring Haerther from third base.
In the top of the fourth, UC Santa Barbara added two more runs to lead, 4-1. With one out, right fielder Brian Gump reached on a single and third baseman Patrick Rose drew a walk. Two batters later, first baseman Eric Oliver lined a two-RBI double down the left field line, scoring Gump and Rose.
Again, the Bruins cut UC Santa Barbara's lead in half, scoring once in the bottom of the fourth. With Babineau aboard first base after a fielder's choice, Haerther lined a double to center field, sending home Babineau.
UCLA closed the gap to 4-3 in the fifth inning and tied the ballgame one inning later. Decker's single to center brought home Carrithers, who led off the fifth inning with a double. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Carrithers was hit by a pitch, advancing home Uribe, who led off the inning with a walk.
Freshman left-hander Rob Rasmussen allowed two runs and three hits in 2.2 innings, making his first collegiate appearance as the Bruins' starting pitcher. Rasmussen recorded three strikeouts and issued one walk.
UCLA returns to action this weekend, playing in the inaugural Urban Invitational. The Bruins will host Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.) on Friday at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA faces Bethune-Cookman at the MLB Urban Youth Academy on Saturday at 5 p.m. - that contest will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Bruins conclude their weekend playing at USC, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Wednesday evening's game marked the Bruins' second extra-inning affair of the season - last season, the Bruins did not play any extra-inning games...right-hander Dan Klein made his third appearance in three games, striking out six hitters without issuing a walk in 4.1 innings - Klein shutout UC Santa Barbara and allowed four hits...left-hander Brendan Lafferty recorded a career-high four strikeouts, allowing two runs and four hits in three innings of relief...left-hander Tim Murphy contributed to the Bruins' relief effort, holding the Gauchos hitless in two innings while registering three strikeouts...outfielder Raul Duran (redshirt freshman) made his collegiate debut, pinch-running for Cody Decker in the 12th inning before staying in the game in left field.