No. 11 UCLA Baseball Drops Series Opener to No. 7 Long Beach State, 13-3

March 21, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team fell to No. 7 Long Beach State, 13-3, in the series opener Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Long Beach State right-hander Andrew Liebel (2-0) limited the host Bruins (10-6) to three runs (one earned) and four hits in seven innings before 1,013 fans.

UCLA left-hander Tim Murphy (2-1) absorbed the loss, allowing seven runs and seven hits in five innings. Making his fifth start of the season, Murphy tallied nine strikeouts in five innings. Alden Carrithers, Gabe Cohen and Ryan Babineau each registered an RBI for the Bruins.

Long Beach State catcher Travis Howell led the charge for the 49ers (14-3), as he finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Right fielder Jason Corder hit 2-for-5 for Long Beach State, collecting two runs and two RBI.

The 49ers claimed a 5-1 lead with a five-run third inning before UCLA closed the gap to 5-3 with one run in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth inning. Long Beach State added to its margin with eight runs in the final four innings.

Long Beach State's five-run third inning included five singles, one hit-by-pitch and one wild pitch. 49er shortstop Danny Espinosa began the frame, singling through the left side to score Howell from third with one out. After a hit-by-pitch, Corder knocked a single to right field, scoring two more runs. Long Beach State added another run on an RBI-single by first baseman Shane Peterson and on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

The Bruins reduced their deficit with a solo blast to left field by Cohen in the third inning. UCLA cut Long Beach State's advantage to 5-3 with another run in the fifth inning, as Carrithers brought home Babineau with an RBI-groundout.

Long Beach State scored twice in the top of the sixth. Shortstop Steve Tinoco drew a leadoff walk and scored on Howell's double to right-center field. A single up the middle by second baseman Robert Burk plated Howell from second. In the seventh, the 49ers added one more run on an RBI base-hit by Howell.

Long Beach State's four-run eighth inning featured four walks, two base-hits and one wild pitch. The 49ers plated another run in the ninth inning, grounding into a double play with the bases loaded.

UCLA plays a doubleheader at Long Beach State on Saturday, March 22. First pitch of game one at Blair Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. Game two of the doubleheader will begin 30 minutes following game one.

Game Notes: Alden Carrithers extended his hitting streak to eight games...Tim Murphy struck out the first four hitters he faced...freshman catcher Chris Giovinazzo made his collegiate debut, pinch-hitting for Ryan Babineau in the ninth inning - Giovinazzo drew a walk on four pitches.


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Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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