March 22, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team lost at No. 7 Long Beach State, 10-3, in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday evening. Catcher Brent Dean and second baseman Alden Carrithers led the Bruins at the plate with two hits each, and shortstop Brandon Crawford registered his second home run of the season.
Long Beach State right-hander Vance Worley (3-0) earned the victory, recording seven strikeouts and one walk in a complete-game effort. Left-hander Gavin Brooks (1-1) absorbed the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) and five hits in five innings. The Bruins (10-8) dropped game one earlier in the afternoon by a 3-2 margin.
The 49ers (16-3) were led offensively by right fielder Jason Corder and first baseman Shane Peterson, each player finishing with one hit and two RBI. Seven players from Long Beach State each totaled one hit.
Long Beach State scored four runs in the second inning and once in the third. In the second inning, catcher Travis Howell initiated the charge with a ground-rule double to right field, sending home shortstop Danny Espinosa. With two outs, left fielder Steve Tinoco grounded an RBI-double down the left-field line before Corder smacked a two-RBI base-hit. In the third inning, the 49ers added a run on an RBI-single to left field by second baseman Devin Lohman.
The Bruins got on the board with an RBI-single to center field by Carrithers in the top of the second. Carrithers, who leads the Bruins with a .427 batting average, has hit safely in 15 of UCLA's 18 games this season. The Portland, Ore., native currently boasts a team-high 10-game hit streak.
The 49ers scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, as Peterson's single up the middle with the bases full sent home Lohman and center fielder Jonathan Jones.
Bruin shortstop Brandon Crawford circled the bases on a fly ball bouncing back off the outfield wall, racing home for an inside-the-park home run in the top of the seventh. Crawford's round-tripper cut Long Beach State's lead to 7-2.
Long Beach State added two runs in the seventh inning, taking advantage of three walks and one error. The 49ers added their first run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Rylan Sandoval. Long Beach State scored another run on an errant pickoff attempt by left-hander Brendan Lafferty, allowing Howell to score from second.
UCLA scored its third run in the top of the eighth, as Dean reached on a one-out infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. After stealing third base, Dean scored on a groundout by third baseman Jermaine Curtis.
A two-out RBI-double down the right field line by Sandoval in the bottom of the eighth handed Long Beach State a 10-3 cushion.
UCLA returns to action at San Diego State on Tuesday, March 25. Game time at Tony Gwynn Stadium is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Alden Carrithers extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a base-hit to left field in the top of the fourth inning...Brendan Lafferty made his team-leading ninth appearance on the mound (all in relief) in game two...Saturday's two-game affair marked UCLA's second doubleheader of the season - UCLA and Oklahoma split a doubleheader on opening day (Saturday, Feb. 23).