April 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Garett Claypool (1-0) logged a career-high six strikeouts in five innings to lead the No. 23 UCLA baseball team past San Diego State, 6-2, Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Claypool helped the Bruins (13-10) snap San Diego State's six-game winning streak by limiting the Aztecs (17-11) to one run and one hit.
Catcher Brent Dean led UCLA by establishing career highs with three hits in four at-bats. The Bruins earned their third victory in the last four games and ended a four-game skid in the series against San Diego State.
Second baseman Alden Carrithers continued his hot hitting, raising his team-leading batting average to .394 with a 2-for-4, three-RBI effort. First baseman Casey Haerther went 2-for-4 with one RBI after having gone 9-for-14 in three games at Arizona last weekend.
Romero led the Aztecs, going 2-for-4 with one run, and second baseman Garett Green went 1-for-3 with one RBI. Aztec right-hander Jon Berger (2-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings.
UCLA took the game's first lead in the third inning, a 2-0 margin, and led the rest of the way. After leading off the third with a single to center, Dean advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Chris Giovinazzo and scored on a base-hit to center by Carrithers. After shortstop Brandon Crawford drew a walk, Haerther singled through the left side to drive home Carrithers.
San Diego State cut the Bruins' lead in half with one run in the top of the fourth. Third baseman Nick Romero led off the frame with a single to center, moved up two bases on a walk and sacrifice bunt, and scored on a groundout by center fielder Brandon Glover.
UCLA led 3-1 after Dean singled home center fielder Blair Dunlap in the fourth inning. The Bruins' three-run sixth inning began with designated hitter Ryan Babineau drawing a walk and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dunlap. A single to left by Dean moved Babineau to third. Giovinazzo's infield single plated Babineau. Carrithers drove home his second and third runners of the game with a base-hit through the right side, handing UCLA a 6-1 advantage.
The Aztecs added one more run in the eighth inning on an RBI-single by Green.
The Bruins return to action with a three-game home series this weekend against crosstown rival USC. The Bruins and Trojans renew their rivalry Friday at 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Garett Claypool improved to 4-0 in his career when making the start...Claypool recorded a career-high six strikeouts, including four consecutive strikeouts through the second and third innings...Alden Carrithers has hit safely in 19 of the Bruins' 23 games this spring...Casey Haerther has gone 11-for-18 (.611) in the last four games, registering a 1.000 slugging percentage in that span...Jason Novak pitched two scoreless innings in relief, scattering two hits.