No. 3 UCLA Baseball Outlasts UC Santa Barbara, 5-4, in 13 Innings

Feb. 27, 2008

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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.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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 - 11:00 AM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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