Los Angeles - Trailing 8-1 in the bottom of the eighth, the UCLA baseball team used a 14-run inning to defeat Pacific, 15-8, Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First baseman Cody Decker initiated the Bruins' late heroics with a grand slam and finished the day 2-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and two runs.
The Bruins (9-14) trailed by as many as eight runs (8-0), after Pacific (7-18-1) added two runs to a 6-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning. UCLA scored four runs in the eighth inning before the Tigers recorded an out.
UCLA began the 14-run inning with three consecutive singles from Will Penniall, Alden Carrithers and Brandon Crawford. Decker followed with a blast to left field, his second home run of the season (first collegiate grand slam). Gabe Cohen followed with a walk, Tim Murphy was hit by a pitch and Tim Stewart singled to shortstop, scoring Cohen to cut Pacific's lead to 8-6.
The Bruins' rally continued with a two RBI-single by Casey Haerther, a walk by Carrithers and a three-RBI triple to left field by Crawford to give UCLA an 11-8 advantage. Decker followed with a base hit to left, scoring Crawford. With two outs, Mickey Weisser walked and Murphy drove home Decker from second base. Weisser scored and Murphy took second on a balk by left-hander Curtis Pasma. Ryan Babineau reached on a throwing error by third baseman Justin Baum, allowing Murphy to score UCLA's 15th run.
Pacific took a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run to left field by first baseman Kurt Wideman in the top of the second. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to assume a 6-0 advantage. Pacific added two runs in the top of the seventh on RBI-singles by shortstop Dennis Hill and catcher Joe Oliveira.
UCLA got on the board with a solo home run from right fielder Gabe Cohen, his third round-tripper of the season, in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich allowed six runs (five earned) off four hits in 4.0 innings. The El Cajon, Calif., resident recorded five strikeouts and walked two in his first collegiate start since May 24, 2005.
The UCLA bullpen allowed two runs off five hits through 5.0 innings, registering four strikeouts in relief. Senior right-hander Kevin Brophy logged 1.1 scoreless innings, and sophomore lefty Brendan Lafferty recorded one out against the one batter he faced. Sophomore right-hander Jason Novak (2-0) pitched 2.1 scoreless to earn the victory.
Pacific right-hander Hunter Carnevale allowed four runs off seven hits as the Tigers' starting pitcher. Right-hander Jason Haar (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs off three hits in 0.1 innings pitched.
The Bruins conclude their three-game series Monday at 1 p.m. Bruin left-hander Gavin Brooks will start for UCLA, while Pacific sends right-hander Jake Wild to the mound.
Game Notes: UCLA's 14-run inning marks a school record...the Bruins scored 13 runs in the fourth inning of a 19-5 victory against Winthrop earlier this season (Feb. 4); UCLA also tallied 13 runs in the eighth inning of a 16-5 win against Arizona State on Feb. 28, 1997...four Bruins finished the afternoon with multi-hit performances.