May 25, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - The UCLA baseball team dropped a 7-6 decision in 10 innings at No. 15 California in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon before 1,062 fans at Evans Diamond. California (33-19-2, 12-12 Pac-10) overcame a 6-4 deficit in the ninth inning, and second baseman Josh Satin belted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game.
Despite losing Sunday's game, UCLA (31-25, 13-11 Pac-10) concluded its regular season finishing in third in the Pac-10. The Bruins erased a 4-0 deficit in the top of the eighth on a pinch-hit grand slam by Casey Haerther before assuming a 6-4 lead with two runs in the top of the ninth. With the one out and the bases loaded, first baseman Cody Decker laced a single through the left side of the infield to score two runners.
California responded in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff solo homer by Blake Smith and an RBI-double by Mark Canha. Smith finished the ballgame 3-for-4 with two home runs, and Satin was 3-for-4 with a game-high three runs, two walks and one RBI. Smith (3-0) moved from the outfield to pitch, hurling 2.2 innings in relief to earn his third victory of the season.
California led 4-0 after seven innings, scoring once in each of the second, fourth, sixth and seventh frames.
Left-hander Brendan Lafferty (3-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and five hits in 2.2 innings. The Bruins used five pitchers in the 10-inning contest.
UCLA will await the NCAA baseball committee's selection of the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament. The college baseball NCAA Tournament selection show will air Monday at 9:30 a.m. (PT) on ESPN.
Game Notes: Casey Haerther extended his Pac-10 hit streak to 18 games...UCLA finished the 2008 regular season having won six of its final eight games...Alden Carrithers reached base via three walks...the Bruins look to earn their third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in program history...UCLA ended its 2008 season having posted a 7-5 record in Pac-10 road games.