May 3, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Catcher Ryan Babineau went 2-for-4 with two RBI and right fielder Brady Dolan was 3-for-3 with two runs to pace the UCLA baseball team past No. 4 Arizona State, 8-3, before a nationally-televised audience Saturday at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Right-hander Charles Brewer (6-4) picked up the victory, allowing three runs and six hits in 5.1 innings for the host Bruins (24-19, 7-7 Pac-10).
UCLA left-hander Matt Drummond allowed two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings to record his third save of the season. Drummond recorded one strikeout and issued three walks in his 15th appearance of the season.
Arizona State's Josh Satow (5-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering four runs and four hits while walking five in 4.1 innings. The Sun Devils (36-8, 11-6 Pac-10) were led offensively by catcher Petey Paramore, who went 2-for-4 with one run, and third baseman Brett Wallace, who was 2-for-5 with one run.
The Bruins led the entire way, scoring one run in the bottom of the first before adding two more runs in third. Shortstop Brandon Crawford's RBI-single to left in the bottom of the first sent home center fielder Blair Dunlap, who reached on a one-out walk. In the third inning, the Bruins assumed a 3-0 cushion on a two-run homer to left by Casey Haerther, who crushed his team-leading eighth round-tripper of the season.
Arizona State got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth. Wallace led off the inning with a double to right field, moved to third on a single up the middle by Paramore and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by first baseman Kiel Roling. Designated hitter Rocky Laguna followed with a run-scoring single, cutting UCLA's advantage to 3-2.
Third baseman Jermaine Curtis belted his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left field, to lead off the fifth inning and hand the Bruins a 4-2 cushion. Arizona State responded in the top of the sixth as left fielder Ryan Sontag drew a bases-loaded walk to send home Laguna, who reached base in the inning after being hit by a pitch.
UCLA regained its two-run lead on a sacrifice fly to right field by Curtis in the sixth inning.
The Bruins added three runs in the eighth to lead, 8-3. Center fielder Tim Murphy led off with a walk after drawing the count full, and Dolan reached on the next at-bat with a bunt single. A balk by ASU's Reyes Dorado advanced the runners 90 feet. Babineau lined a single into center field, plating both Murphy and Dolan. Second baseman Alden Carrithers, who drew three walks in the game, singled through the right side with two outs to score Babineau.
UCLA and ASU conclude their three-game Pac-10 series on Sunday at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time for the series finale is slated for 1 p.m. The Bruins will send left-hander Gavin Brooks to the mound.
Game Notes: Prior to Saturday's game, the UCLA baseball program dedicated its field in honor of the Steele Foundation - Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium...Saturday's game was broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports Net (delayed in the Los Angeles area until after the Dodgers-Rockies game)...Jason Novak recorded one strikeout in the top of the sixth inning...UCLA snapped a four-game losing streak in the series against ASU.