June 10, 2007
FULLERTON, Calif. - Freshman left-hander Gavin Brooks (6-7) struck out a career-high 12 hitters in his third consecutive complete game to lead the UCLA baseball team in a 2-1 loss at Cal State Fullerton Sunday evening, as the Bruins were eliminated in a best-of-three Super Regional series.
Freshman center fielder Justin Uribe finished 2-for-4, including a leadoff double in the top of the ninth inning in a nine-pitch at-bat to keep the Bruins' postseason run alive. Freshman right fielder Gabe Cohen registered a 2-for-4 effort and scored one run.
Brooks absorbed the loss after surrendering just two runs and seven hits through eight innings. The southpaw from Vista, Calif., did not issue a walk and retired the first nine batters he faced.
Cal State Fullerton right-hander Adam Jorgensen (4-2) recorded his fourth victory, as he pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning. Right-hander Bryan Harris notched his third save after limiting UCLA to two hits through 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Cal State Fullerton (38-23) broke a 1-1 deadlock on an RBI-single to center by first baseman Matt Wallach, scoring catcher John Curtis from second base.
UCLA (33-28) assumed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded, catcher Ryan Babineau lined a base-hit into left field, scoring right fielder Gabe Cohen. The host Titans tied the ballgame, 1-1, on a solo home run by center fielder Clark Hardman in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Game Notes: Gavin Brooks finished the season with a 1.34 ERA in his last four starts - three complete games, 28 strikeouts, six walks and a .167 opponent batting average...UCLA's trip to the postseason marked the Bruins' 14th appearance and the program's second Super Regional berth...eight of UCLA's 10 starters from Sunday's lineup will return to the team in 2008.