Murphy's Complete Game Sends No. 3 UCLA Baseball Past Bethune-Cookman, 2-0

March 1, 2008

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COMPTON, Calif. - Junior left-hander Tim Murphy registered a season-high 10 strikeouts and did not issue a walk, pitching a complete-game shutout as the No. 3 UCLA baseball team defeated Bethune-Cookman, 2-0, in an Urban Invitational game played at Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy on Saturday evening.

A fantastic pitcher's duel between Murphy (1-0) and Bethune-Cookman left-hander Gio Gauthier (0-1), neither team recorded a hit until UCLA senior left fielder Brady Dolan singled to right field to open the top of the third inning. Gauthier limited UCLA (4-1) to one run and two hits through seven innings, striking out seven without walking a batter.

Bethune-Cookman (2-3) managed seven hits off Murphy in nine innings.

Murphy became the first UCLA pitcher to hurl a complete-game shutout since right-hander Hector Ambriz tossed a four-hitter against Pacific on Feb. 25, 2005. The Bruins downed the Tigers in that home contest, 9-0.

Sophomore right fielder Gabe Cohen slugged a solo home run on a full count to lead off the top of the seventh inning, handing UCLA a 1-0 lead. The Bruins added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on an RBI-groundout by first baseman Casey Haerther, who advanced home shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Playing before a national stage on ESPN2, Murphy struck out the first six batters he faced. Bethune-Cookman sent four batters to the plate in three innings. The Vista, Calif., resident had enough gas in his tank to record two strikeouts in the ninth inning, rolling his total to 10 when he ended the game striking out shortstop Jose Lozada.

Dolan had two of UCLA's four hits against Bethune-Cookman. Third baseman Emmanuel Castro led Bethune-Cookman's offense, hitting 2-for-3 at the plate.

UCLA returns to action at USC on Sunday at 2 p.m., one hour later than originally scheduled. The game has been moved one hour due to traffic congestion resulting from the Los Angeles Marathon. UCLA southpaw Matt Drummond takes the hill against USC right-hander Brad Boxberger.

Game Notes: Saturday's game marked the first meeting between UCLA and Bethune-Cookman...UCLA last opened its season with four wins in five games in 2000...Tim Murphy's 10 strikeouts are the second most in his career - Murphy fanned 14 batters at Arizona State on May 12, 2007...UCLA improved its record in the inaugural Urban Invitational to 2-0...the Bruins' team ERA dropped to 2.25; Murphy's fell to 0.53 in 17.0 innings pitched this season.


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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
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 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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