April 26, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Catcher Steve Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a career-best three runs and his first collegiate home run to lead the UCLA baseball team to a 5-2 victory over No. 17 Oregon State on Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins secured a Pac-10 series victory after having won, 7-5, on Friday evening.
Third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla was the only other player for UCLA (19-21, 11-7 Pac-10) to record multiple hits, as he notched a career-high three hits in four at-bats.
Right-hander Charles Brewer (2-4) earned the victory, limiting the Beavers to two runs and six hits in five innings. Brewer notched four strikeouts and no walks. Oregon State right-hander Jorge Reyes (5-2) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) and six hits in six innings. Reyes registered seven strikeouts and three walks.
Left-hander Gavin Brooks recorded his team-leading seventh save, notching the final out in the ninth inning with runners aboard first and second base. UCLA's bullpen limited Oregon State (24-11, 9-6 Pac-10) to two hits in the final four innings, totaling five strikeouts and two walks. Matt Grace allowed one hit in two innings, Jason Novak scattered one base-hit in 1.2 innings and Brooks induced a fly ball for the game's final out.
The Beavers were led at the plate by shortstop Joey Wong, who went 2-for-4 with both of Oregon State's runs. Catcher Ryan Ortiz went 2-for-3 with one RBI and third baseman Stefen Romero went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Oregon State scored one run in the top of the first inning to lead 1-0. Wong led off the game with a single up the middle, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a groundout before scoring on Romero's two-out base-hit through the middle.
UCLA responded in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to right field by Rodriguez. The round-tripper came three pitches after Oregon State first baseman Jared Norris dropped a foul pop-up.
The Beavers added their second run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. With Wong aboard third base, Ortiz laced a two-out RBI-double inside the left field line.
UCLA took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Rodriguez led off the inning with a single, and scored after second baseman Eddie Murray singled to right field and reached third base on a fielding error by Oregon State's Michael Miller. Right fielder Justin Uribe followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Murray to tag and score from third.
The Bruins took advantage of three Oregon State errors in the seventh inning to assume a 5-2 advantage. After opening the frame with a single through the left side, Rodriguez advanced to third base on an error during a failed pickoff attempt. With two outs, center fielder Blair Dunlap reached safely on a bunt and dropped throw at first base by Romero, who moved from third to first earlier in the game. First baseman Cody Decker followed with a single to left, and the throw back to the infield by Rob Folsom sailed toward the UCLA dugout, allowing Dunlap to score.
With the victory, UCLA (11-7 Pac-10) moves into third place in the Pac-10 standings, percentage points behind Washington State (10-5 Pac-10). The Bruins trail first-place Arizona State (15-3 Pac-10) by four games.
UCLA returns to action against Long Beach State on Tuesday, April 28. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m., and admission for adults and children to Tuesday's contest costs two dollars. A live audio broadcast of the non-conference game will be available for free at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Gavin Brooks recorded his team-leading seventh save on Sunday afternoon, becoming the first UCLA pitcher since 1998 to record seven or more saves in one season (Bobby Roe)...Steve Rodriguez tied his career high with three hits on Sunday - Rodriguez went 3-for-5 against Rice at Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas) on Feb. 28, 2009...with his infield single in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gabe Cohen extended his hitting streak to a season-long nine games.