No. 11 UCLA Baseball Drops Series Finale to No. 5 Miami, 7-3

Feb. 11, 2007

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Coral Gables, Fla. - The 11th-ranked UCLA baseball team lost to No. 5 Miami, 7-3, in the series finale at Mark Light Field on Sunday afternoon. The Hurricanes (3-2) used a four-run eighth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock and sweep the Bruins (2-4).

UCLA freshman Justin Uribe led the Bruins' offensive in just his second collegiate start, finishing 2-for-3 with his first career home run, two runs and one RBI.

Miami sophomore Dennis Raben initiated the Hurricanes' four-run eighth inning with a one-out double off UCLA senior Paul Schmidt. One batter later, senior Gus Menendez reached first via a hit-by-pitch. Senior Richard O'Brien loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single to right field. Raben scored and Menendez and O'Brien each moved up one base on a wild pitch by Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich.

Leading 4-3, Miami added two more runs on a base hit by sophomore Blake Tekotte and a base-hit by classmate Jemile Weeks. Schmidt (0-2) took the loss for UCLA. Hurricane right-hander Enrique Garcia (1-0) allowed one solo home run in 2.0 innings of relief to record the win. Miami starter Manny Miguelez allowed two runs off five hits and struck out two hitters in 7.0 innings.

Miami scored first, notching one run in the third inning and a second run in the fifth. Sophomore Blake Tekotte reached on a bunt single to second base, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Jemile Weeks, and reached third on a wild pitch. Tekotte scored on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore Yonder Alonso.

Two innings later, the Hurricanes extended their lead to 2-0 in similar fashion. Tekotte reached first on a base-hit to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Weeks. Freshman Ryan Jackson brought home Tekotte when he reached first base on a throwing error by Bruin shortstop Brandon Crawford.

The Bruins answered with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, 2-2. Sophomore Cody Decker led off with a base hit to left field, and freshman Justin Uribe followed with a single to center. Senior Nolan Rouse advanced both runners 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Alden Carrithers plated Decker on a groundout to second base, and senior Will Penniall brought home Uribe with a base-hit up the middle.

Miami jumped in front, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Dennis Raben tripled off the center-field fence and scored when pinch-hitter Roger Tomas singled past a diving Carrithers at second base. UCLA's Uribe tied the score with his first collegiate home run, a blast over the left-field fence with one out in the top of the eighth inning.

The Bruins return to action at home against UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Game time is 6 p.m.


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