May 10, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Right-hander Charles Brewer (7-4) logged his team-leading seventh win of the season, recording nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings, as the UCLA baseball team recorded an 11-4 win at Oregon State in a crucial Pac-10 contest Saturday afternoon before 2,539 fans at Goss Stadium.
The Bruins (25-22, 8-9 Pac-10) received home runs from shortstop Brandon Crawford, designated hitter Cody Decker and right fielder Raul Duran to power past the host Beavers (23-19, 10-10 Pac-10). Decker was 2-for-5 with a team-leading four RBI. Crawford was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and Duran belted his first career homer.
Brewer, a sophomore right-hander from Paradise Valley, Ariz., allowed four runs (two earned) and five hits in 7.1 innings of work. Junior right-hander Jason Novak registered his second save of the season, tossing 1.2 hitless innings in relief. Novak entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners aboard first and second base and induced an inning-ending double play from right fielder Daniel Robertson.
Eight Bruins each recorded at least one hit, and four players posted multi-hit efforts - Crawford, Decker, first baseman Casey Haerther and catcher Ryan Babineau. Crawford and Haerther each finished the day with two RBI.
Oregon State was led offensively by designated hitter Jason Ogata, who was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Second baseman Lonnie Lechelt was 1-for-5 at the plate with a solo home run, his fourth blast of the season.
Right-hander Greg Peavey (2-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering five runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings of relief. Peavey entered the game with two outs in the top of the first inning, after Oregon State left-handed starting pitcher Tanner Robles allowed three runs (two earned) off two hits and two walks.
The Bruins scored three runs in each of the first and third innings. With runners at second and third and nobody out in the first, Haerther laced a single to center, scoring both Bruins and handing UCLA a 2-0 lead. After advancing to second base on a wild pitch and stealing third, Haerther scored on a ball-four pass ball to left fielder Mickey Weisser.
Oregon State tied the contest, 3-3, in the bottom of the inning. Left fielder John Wallace led off by reaching safely on a fielding error by Crawford. After first baseman Jordan Lennerton drew a one-out walk, Ogata lined a single to left field, scoring Wallace from second. A double to left field by catcher Ryan Ortiz sent home Lennerton, and third baseman Drew George's sacrifice fly to center plated Ogata, tying the game, 3-3.
In UCLA's three-run third inning, Crawford belted a one-out double off the base of the right-field fence. Babineau and Weisser followed with walks to load the bases. Decker lined a single up the middle, scoring both Crawford and Babineau. Right fielder Gabe Cohen's sacrifice fly to right scored Weisser from third.
UCLA extended its lead to 8-3 on a two-run blast to left field by Crawford, his fifth home run of the season. In the top of the ninth, Decker registered his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field. Duran followed Decker, crushing the first pitch of his at-bat over the wall in left-center field to give UCLA an 11-4 lead.
The Bruins conclude their three-game series at Oregon State on Sunday at 1 p.m. UCLA left-hander Gavin Brooks (5-2) will start on the mound against Oregon State right-hander Jorge Reyes (3-2).
Game Notes: Cody Decker and Raul Duran became the first Bruins to belt back-to-back home runs since April 8, 2008, when Brandon Crawford and Casey Haerther accomplished the feat in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to UC Irvine...Haerther logged his 19th multi-hit game when he notched his second hit of the game in the top of the fourth inning - Haerther and Alden Carrithers are tied for the team lead with 19 multi-hit efforts.