May 3, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Right-hander Charles Brewer (3-4) allowed one run and five hits in six innings as the UCLA baseball team defeated Oregon, 8-1, on Sunday afternoon to earn a Pac-10 series victory at PK Park. The Bruins (22-22, 13-8 Pac-10) secured their fifth Pac-10 series win of the season in seven attempts.
Brewer notched his second victory in as many Pac-10 starts, registering two strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander's effort helped UCLA collect its 12th win in its last 17 games. UCLA's bullpen combined for three shutout innings, as left-hander Matt Grace closed the game tossing two hitless innings.
Oregon right-hander Madison Boer (1-6) was tagged with the loss despite allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. Boer registered three strikeouts and issued two walks for the Ducks (14-31, 4-14 Pac-10).
The Bruins were led at the plate by left fielder Gabe Cohen, who went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Right fielder Justin Uribe went 2-for-3 with one pair of singles. Oregon catcher Mitch Karraker led the host Ducks with a 2-for-2 effort.
UCLA claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Cohen opened the frame with a solo home run that nailed the scoreboard structure above the left-center field fence. In the fifth inning, Cohen lined a single to left and scored on shortstop Niko Gallego's double to the gap in right-center field.
Oregon scored one run in the bottom of the fifth. First baseman Darrell Hunter led off the frame with a double to left field and advanced to third on a single to left by second baseman Josh Hogan. A ground-rule double to right field by right fielder Anthony Kreitz plated Hunter from third.
UCLA pushed ahead, 8-1, with a six-run seventh inning. The Bruins took advantage of two singles, four walks, one hit-by-pitch and two wild pitches with a runner at third base. After third baseman Gino Aielli and Gallego walked, catcher Steve Rodriguez loaded the bases with a one-out infield single. A sacrifice bunt by second baseman Eddie Murray scored the inning's first run. Uribe followed with a bases-loaded walk and designated hitter Casey Haerther was hit by a pitch, pushing UCLA's lead to 5-1. Decker's walk scored Rodriguez and two ensuing wild pitches plated Uribe and Haerther. Center fielder Blair Dunlap singled up the middle to score Decker from third base.
The Bruins return to action at home against Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday, May 5. Game time at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Tickets for adults and children cost two dollars at the gate. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast, free of charge, available online at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA improved its Pac-10 record to 13-8, equaling its conference win total from 2008 (finished 13-11, 3rd place)...UCLA has won seven of its 10 weekend series this spring (three-game series)...the Bruins have spent seven of their 11 weekends playing away from home (six trips via airplane away from southern California)...Eddie Murray was hit by a pitch for the 16th time this season - no Bruin ballplayer on record has been hit by a pitch 16 times or more in a single season...UCLA's pitching staff surrendered just six runs (four earned) in 27.0 innings in three games at Oregon.