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.


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