April 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The No. 23 UCLA baseball team was downed by USC, 6-1, Friday evening in the series opener between the crosstown rivals at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Left-hander Tim Murphy (2-2) was tagged with the loss, striking out 10 hitters and allowing three runs (two earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings for the Bruins (13-11, 2-2 Pac-10).
Left-hander Tommy Milone (4-2) allowed one run and scattered five hits in eight innings for USC (14-14, 3-4 Pac-10). Milone totaled a career-high 14 strikeouts before exiting the game with a 6-0 lead and nobody out in the ninth inning.
UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers went 2-for-4, registering his team-leading 12th multi-hit effort of the season. USC first baseman Derek Perren led the Trojans at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs. Catcher Robert Stock belted a three-run homer, going 1-for-5 with a team-high three RBI.
In a hotly-contested pitcher's duel, each starting pitcher recorded six strikeouts through the first four innings. Through five innings, Milone had totaled 11 strikeouts and Murphy had fanned seven batters. USC snapped UCLA's six-game winning streak in the series between the crosstown, Pac-10 foes.
USC scored its first run in the top of the sixth inning. Perren's base-hit to left sent home shortstop Grant Green from second base before Babineau threw out Perren advancing to second base on the throw home.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Trojans claimed a 3-0 lead, taking advantage of two doubles and one single. Third baseman Joe De Pinto led off the frame with a double to left field, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a double down the left-field line by Green. Perren lifted a base-hit into center field, plating Green from second base.
The Trojans expanded their cushion to 6-0 in the top of the ninth with a three-run homer by Stock.
UCLA loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with one out and added its run on a sacrifice fly to center field by catcher Ryan Babineau, scoring Carrithers from third.
The Bruins and Trojans resume their three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Tim Murphy recorded 10 strikeouts or more for the third time this season - Murphy struck out 11 against Saint Mary's (March 7) and 10 against Bethune-Cookman (March 2)...Alden Carrithers has hit safely in 20 of the 24 games this season...UCLA struck out a season-high 15 times at the plate...Friday's game featured 26 strikeouts between both teams.