April 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team overcame an early 2-0 deficit by scoring six runs in the first three innings to defeat No. 10 Stanford, 8-2, Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First baseman Casey Haerther went 2-for-4, belting his sixth home run of the season, and totaled two runs and one RBI to help the Bruins (19-16, 4-5 Pac-10) snap a three-game losing streak.
Left-hander Gavin Brooks (4-2) recorded his third consecutive victory, limiting Stanford (21-12-2, 8-4 Pac-10) to two runs and four hits in six innings while recording six strikeouts. Left-hander Matt Drummond recorded his first collegiate save, hurling three shutout innings in relief. Drummond scattered four hits and totaled four strikeouts.
Stanford right-hander Jeffrey Inman (5-1) absorbed his first loss of the season, allowing six runs and four hits in 2.1 innings. Inman issued two walks, hit two batters and recorded one strikeout.
Stanford raced to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as left fielder Toby Gerhart reached on a one-out ground-rule double to center. A single into center field by catcher Jason Castro sent home Gerhart. First baseman Brent Milleville's double down the left-field line moved Castro to third. Center fielder Sean Ratliff lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, deep enough to score Castro.
UCLA answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Carrithers led off the frame with a single through the right side and moved to third base on an errant pickoff attempt by Inman. With two outs, Haerther belted his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot over the right-field fence, tying the score at 2-2.
The Bruins captured a 3-2 lead with one run in the bottom of the second. Right fielder Brady Dolan led off the innings getting hit by a pitch and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Mickey Weisser. Carrithers followed with a base-hit to left field, sending home Dolan from second base.
UCLA took advantage of two walks in the bottom of the third and score three runs in the inning and assume a 6-2 cushion. After a leadoff walk by shortstop Brandon Crawford, Haerther lined a double to left field, advancing Crawford to third base. Designated hitter Cody Decker drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Center fielder Tim Murphy's groundout in front of home plate scored Crawford. Dolan followed with an RBI-groundout to second base, allowing Haerther to score. Weisser followed with a single to left-center field, sending home Decker.
UCLA scored two more runs in the eighth inning, extending its lead to 8-2. Consecutive singles from Murphy, Dolan and left fielder Blair Dunlap loaded the bases with one out. A double to left field by catcher Ryan Babineau plated Murphy and Dolan.
The Bruins return to action against UNLV at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, April 22. Game time is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: John Savage recorded his 100th victory as UCLA's head coach, becoming just the third head coach in school history to lead the Bruins to 100 wins...Gavin Brooks has won each of his last three starts, posting a 2.42 ERA in those three games (22.1 innings, 18 strikeouts, .173 opponent batting average)...Alden Carrithers, who leads UCLA with a .390 batting average, notched his team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season...in the three-game series against Stanford, the Bruins' bullpen allowed just one unearned run in 11.1 innings - Matt Drummond recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings, and Brendan Lafferty logged four strikeouts in 4.1 scoreless innings.