UCLA Edged at Oregon State, 8-7, in Series Finale

May 11, 2008

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - The UCLA baseball team lost an 8-7 decision at Oregon State on Sunday before 2,132 fans at Goss Stadium. A two-out grand slam by Beaver first baseman Ryan Ortiz in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted host Oregon State (24-19, 11-10 Pac-10) to a Pac-10 series victory over the Bruins (25-23, 8-10 Pac-10).

The Beavers' eighth-inning rally began with pinch-hitter John Wallace recording a base-hit to right field and pinch-hitter Jordan Lennerton drawing a five-pitch walk. Following a sacrifice bunt, moving runners to second and third, right fielder Daniel Robertson was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Bruin shortstop Brandon Crawford (1-2) stepped to the mound and induced a foul pop up before Ortiz unloaded a 0-and-1 count pitch over the left-center field fence.

Oregon State's Taylor Starr (3-1) earned the victory, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings of relief in the eighth inning. Kevin Rhoderick registered his team-leading 11th save, pitching a hitless ninth inning.

UCLA right-hander Jason Novak hurled four scoreless innings in relief of left-handed starter Gavin Brooks, before allowing one run in the bottom of the eighth. Novak surrendered four hits and one walk while totaling four strikeouts. Brooks allowed four runs and three hits, walking five and striking out two in three innings.

Both teams traded leads early in the game, but UCLA managed to capture a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning and hold a 7-4 cushion through the seventh inning. Designated hitter Cody Decker led UCLA at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs and two RBI.

The Beavers took the game's first lead, scoring two runs in the second inning. Following back-to-back walks to open the frame, left fielder Braden Wells lifted as sacrifice fly to center field, sending home second baseman Lonnie Lechelt. A single to right by shortstop Joey Wong plated third baseman Joey Wong.

UCLA got on the board with one run in the third inning. Center fielder Tim Murphy led off with a double to left and scored from third on a groundout by third baseman Jermaine Curtis.

The Bruins' first five batters reached base in the top of the fourth, as UCLA captured a 6-2 lead. Second baseman Alden Carrithers led off with a single through the left side, moved to second on a balk and took third on a wild pitch. First baseman Casey Haerther followed with a run-scoring single to left. Crawford belted a base-hit up the middle and took second base on a fielding error by center fielder Chris Hopkins, allowing Haerther to score from first base.

The inning continued for UCLA as Decker crushed his second homer in as many days, a two-run shot to left field, handing UCLA a 5-2 advantage. Right fielder Mickey Weisser drew a walk, took second base on a wild pitch and scored on a single past the first base bag by catcher Ryan Babineau.

Oregon State reduced the Bruins' lead to 6-4, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth. Following a lead-off single by Wells and a pass ball, Wong lined an RBI-single to center field. After Hopkins reached second base on a fielder's choice, Ortiz clubbed a run-scoring double to center.

UCLA added to its margin, scoring one run in the top of the sixth. Decker laced a one-out double inside the third-base bag and down the line before scoring on a double to right field by Weisser.

The Bruins return to action at No. 13 UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 13. Game time at Anteater Ballpark is 6 p.m.

Game Notes: Cody Decker became the second Bruin this season to homer in back-to-back days - Alden Carrithers accomplished the feat against USC on April 5-6...Casey Haerther finished the week going 7-for-17 in four games...Decker was 4-for-9 with six RBI in UCLA's final two games at Oregon State...Matt Drummond allowed two runs in 0.1 innings of relief, issuing one walk and hitting one batter.

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