March 29, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - First baseman Casey Haerther led the No. 23 UCLA baseball team past No. 6 Arizona, 20-8, going 7-for-7 with career highs of four doubles, four runs and four RBI on Saturday night before 2,260 fans at Jerry Kindall Field. UCLA (12-9, 2-0 Pac-10) won the series against Arizona (13-9, 1-4 Pac-10), as five Bruins recorded two or more hits.
Haerther's 7-for-7 effort was the best single-game hitting performance by a Bruin baseball player on record. UCLA's first baseman became the first Bruin to record six hits or more in a game since Chase Utley went 6-for-6 on May 9, 2000.
Third baseman Jermaine Curtis went 4-for-6 with three RBI and one run, one night after going 4-for-5 with one run. Shortstop Brandon Crawford was 4-for-7 with three runs and two RBI. Center fielder Brady Dolan went 2-for-4 with three runs, and right fielder Gabe Cohen was 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs.
Right-hander Charles Brewer (3-2) earned the victory, allowing eight runs (five earned) and 12 hits in six innings. Arizona's David Coulon (4-2) absorbed the loss after surrendering nine runs (five earned) and eight hits in 2.1 innings.
Trailing 3-0 after one inning, the Bruins answered with four runs in the second and seven in the third to lead 11-3. After Arizona added one run in the bottom of the fourth, UCLA scored five times in the fifth inning and twice more in the sixth.
In UCLA's four-run second inning, the Bruins took advantage of two errors and two singles. Trailing 3-2, Cohen stroked a two-RBI single up the middle to hand UCLA the lead, 4-3.
In the top of the third, UCLA used eight hits - four singles, three doubles and one triple - to score seven times. The Bruins led off with doubles by Haerther and catcher Ryan Babineau followed by a single to right-center field by Dolan. With one out, Curtis blooped an RBI-single to left field, sending the Bruins ahead by a 7-3 margin. After a double to right by second baseman Alden Carrithers, Cohen singled and Crawford brought home two runners with a triple. Haerther continued the inning with an RBI-single to center field, allowing UCLA to lead 11-3.
The Bruins' five-run fifth inning began with a leadoff solo home run to left by designated hitter Cody Decker. Crawford followed with a base-hit and scored on a double to the left-center field gap by Haerther. After Babineau and left fielder Chris Giovinazzo each drew walks, Curtis brought home both runners with a single up the middle.
UCLA scored twice more in the top of the sixth and plated one run in each of the eighth and ninth innings. UCLA's 20 runs scored were the most in Pac-10 contest since defeating Washington State, 21-3, on May 23, 2003.
Arizona captured a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Second baseman Robert Abel advanced home on a balk after leading off the frame with a single to right field. Center fielder T.J. Steele handed the Wildcats a three-run cushion with a two-out, two-run homer to left field.
UCLA and Arizona conclude this weekend's three-game set at Jerry Kindall Field on Sunday at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Casey Haerther raised his batting average 73 points with his landmark 7-for-7 effort (.203 to .276)...Haerther became the first college baseball player to go 7-for-7 or better since Brad Bauder of Virginia Tech went 8-for-8 aqainst Georgetown on April 21, 2002...Jermaine Curtis has hit 8-for-11 in two games at Arizona this weekend...in Curtis' career, the third baseman is hitting at a .515 clip against Arizona (17-for-33)...freshman Chris Giovinazzo made his first collegiate start (second appearance), playing left field - Giovinazzo scored his first two runs as a Bruin and also tallied is first RBI at UCLA.