March 22, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped a 5-1 decision at USC on Sunday afternoon under cloudy skies at Dedeaux Field. The Bruins (6-13, 1-1 Pac-10) managed four hits and one run, as USC (8-9, 1-1 Pac-10) scored one run in the second and added two more in the third to secure the Pac-10 victory.
USC right-hander Andrew Triggs (2-0) scattered three hits in seven scoreless innings to earn the victory, recording seven strikeouts and two walks. UCLA left-hander Rob Rasmussen (1-1) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs and five hits in 3.2 innings. Rasmussen logged a career-high six strikeouts and walked two batters.
The Trojans were led at the plate by right fielder Anthony Vasquez, who went 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI. USC also received 2-for-3 efforts from second baseman Joe De Pinto and shortstop Grant Green.
UCLA second baseman Eddie Murray went 1-for-4 with a double and scored the Bruins' only run of the day.
USC claimed a 3-0 lead through three innings. Third baseman Hector Rabago scored for the Trojans in the bottom of the second on an RBI-groundout by designated hitter Ricky Oropesa. One inning later, Vasquez brought home De Pinto and Green with a double into the right field corner.
The Trojans added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, extending their margin to 5-0. After consecutive ground ball singles up the middle, USC followed with an RBI-single through the left side of the infield by Vasquez and a sacrifice fly to center by Rabago.
The Bruins got on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Murray scored from third base on an infield groundout by third baseman Casey Haerther. Murray led off the frame with a double before advancing on a wild pitch.
UCLA and USC conclude their three-game series on Monday at USC's Dedeaux Field (6 p.m.). A live audio broadcast of the series finale will be available online at uclabruins.com, free of charge to the public.
Game Notes: With the loss at USC on Sunday, the Bruins their snapped streak of five victories at USC's Dedeaux Field - the Bruins last loss at USC came on April 10, 2005...senior right-hander Jason Novak allowed two runs off three hits in 2.2 innings of relief...senior left-hander Brendan Lafferty allowed one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.