UCLA Baseball Edged by No. 7 UC Irvine, 6-5, in 10 Innings

April 8, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped a 6-5 decision in 10 innings to No. 7 UC Irvine on Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (14-13) tied the game, 5-5, after having trailed, 5-0, before the visiting Anteaters (21-5) added one run in the top of the 10th inning in the non-conference tilt.

Second baseman Niko Gallego and shortstop Brandon Crawford each went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Left fielder Alden Carrithers was 1-for-5 with a key two-RBI single.

UC Irvine's Eric Pettis (3-0) held UCLA scoreless through the final three innings, recording two strikeouts while allowing one hit and two walks. Bruin left-hander Tim Murphy (2-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering one run and two hits in the top of the 10th inning.

Catcher Aaron Lowenstein led UC Irvine at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run. In all, eight Anteaters each recorded at least one hit and six different players each scored one run.

The Anteaters took the game's final lead in the top of the 10th inning after center fielder Ollie Linton drew a leadoff walk. A sacrifice bunt moved Linton to second base, and first baseman Jeff Cusick drove home the go-ahead run with a single up the middle.

UCLA trailed 5-0 after UC Irvine added two runs in the third inning and three in the fourth. Yet the Bruins clawed their way back into the ballgame, scoring one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

The Bruins got on the board on a two-out RBI-single to center by Gallego in the fifth inning. UCLA closed the gap to 5-3 in the sixth, as Crawford and first baseman Casey Haerther belted back-to-back solo home runs.

UCLA tied the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, right fielder Chris Giovinazzo singled up the middle and advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Gallego. Carrithers grounded a base-hit into center field, sending home both Giovinazzo and Gallego.

The Bruins' bullpen held UC Irvine scoreless from the fifth inning through the ninth inning. Right-hander Jason Novak hurled 2.1 hitless innings of relief, registering one strikeout.

UCLA returns to action Friday, April 11, opening a three-game series against UC Riverside at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins and Highlanders continue their weekend series Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

Game Notes: UCLA played its fourth game in extra innings Tuesday - the Bruins did not play any extra-inning ballgames in 2007...Brandon Crawford recorded his 11th multi-hit game of the season, the second-highest total on the team...UCLA belted back-to-back home runs for the first time since April 5, 2007 (Cody Decker and Gabe Cohen versus Washington, bottom of the first inning)...Garett Claypool allowed two runs and four hits in three innings, making his second start of the season...Alden Carrithers extended his hitting streak to eight games and has hit safely in 23 of 27 contests.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
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 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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