UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 10 Stanford, 4-1, in Series Opener

April 18, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped its series opener to No. 10 Stanford, 4-1, Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Stanford (20-11-2, 7-3 Pac-10) scored three runs in the top of the first, before the Bruins (18-15, 3-4 Pac-10) limited the visiting Cardinal to one run through the final eight innings.

Left-hander Tim Murphy (3-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings. Murphy logged four strikeouts and issued a career-high seven walks.

Stanford's David Stringer (1-0) earned his first victory of the season, limiting UCLA to two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Stringer finished the evening with four strikeouts and two walks. Stanford's Drew Storen recorded his fourth save of the year, holding UCLA hitless in the eighth and ninth innings.

Bruin left-hander Matt Drummond allowed one unearned run and two hits in four innings of relief. The Paso Robles, Calif., resident registered a career-high five strikeouts and issued two walks.

First baseman Brent Milleville led the Cardinal at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a game-high two RBI. Second baseman Cord Phelps was 2-for-2 with one double, three walks, one run and one RBI.

Stanford claimed a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After drawing consecutive walks to open the game, catcher Jason Castro singled home Phelps to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. A double to the gap in left-center field by Milleville plated two runners, handing Stanford a 3-0 cushion.

UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher Ryan Babineau opened the frame by reaching first base safely on a fielding error by third baseman Zach Jones. After stealing second base, Babineau moved to third on a bunt single by second baseman Niko Gallego. A fielder's choice by left fielder Alden Carrithers plated Babineau.

Stanford added its fourth run of the evening in the top of the eighth. Shortstop Jake Schlander reached second base on a fielding error by right fielder Chris Giovinazzo. With one out, Phelps followed with a single up the middle to drive home Schlander.

UCLA and Stanford resume their three-game series Saturday, April 19, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. Right-hander Charles Brewer (4-3) takes the hill for UCLA, as Stanford will send right-hander Erik Davis (5-1) to the mound.

Game Notes: Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak in the series against UCLA...the Bruins last lost to Stanford on May 20, 2006...UCLA escaped a second-inning jam, as Tim Murphy recorded a strikeout and induced a ground ball double play with the bases loaded and the Bruins trailing, 3-0...Bruin pitchers have allowed just eight earned runs in the last 27.0 innings (three games), posting a 2.67 ERA and a .228 opponent batting average in that span.


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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
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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