Decker's Grand Slam Helps UCLA Sweep USC with 12-9 Victory

April 15, 2007

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Los Angeles - Designated hitter Cody Decker blasted a two-out grand slam to center field in UCLA's five-run eighth inning to lift UCLA past USC, 12-9, and allow the Bruins to sweep the host Trojans for the first time since 1987. Decker finished the afternoon 3-for-5 at the plate with a career-high six RBI and hit one home run in each game at USC (19-18, 2-7 Pac-10) over the weekend.

UCLA (18-16, 8-1 Pac-10) won its 10th game in its last 12 contests and, at 8-1 in the Pac-10, has posted its best-ever conference start (through nine games). The Bruins have won six-consecutive road games, all Pac-10 contests, and overcame a four-run deficit for the second time in as many days.

The Bruins were led offensively by catcher Ryan Babineau (2-for-5), who totaled one home run and three RBI. Shortstop Brandon Crawford hit 2-for-4 with two runs, and third baseman Jermaine Curtis finished 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

Brant Rustich (2-1) picked up the victory for UCLA, and Robert Stock (2-1) absorbed the loss for USC.

USC's Hector Estrella led the Trojans with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate, one run and three RBI.

UCLA trailed 4-0 after three innings and clawed its way back with one run in the fourth and two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, to lead 5-4. USC tied the contest, 5-5, in the sixth, before both teams traded runs in the seventh inning. Decker's grand slam came with two outs in the top of the eighth, when UCLA led 7-6.

USC got on the board first, scoring two runs in the first inning before adding one run in each of the third and fourth innings. Designated hitter Matt Cusick and shortstop Garrett Green led off the first inning with singles and each runner moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice fly to right by first baseman J.J. Owen. Cusick scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Lucas Duda, and Green came home on a base hit by second baseman Hector Estrella.

The Trojans scored their second-inning run on a walk, two errors and a pass ball. USC added its fourth run using back-to-back two-out doubles by Estrella and right fielder Roberto Lopez in the fourth inning.

The Bruins took their first lead of the afternoon when catcher Ryan Babineau blasted a two-run home run to right, giving UCLA a 5-4 advantage in the top of the sixth. USC answered with one run in the bottom of the sixth, tying the contest, 5-5.

Trailing 4-3, UCLA regained its lead with a run in the top of the seventh. Right fielder Gabe Cohen's double to left field brought home Crawford from first base, handing the Bruins a 6-5 cushion. The Trojans responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Estrella singled to second base to send home Green from third.

In the top of the eighth, Carrithers lined a base-hit to right field, scoring pinch-runner Tim Murphy from second and sending third baseman Jermaine Curtis to third before Decker's heroics lifted UCLA to a five-run cushion.

The Bruins return to action Tuesday, April 17, to host Pepperdine in a non-conference tilt at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

Game Notes: With the series win over USC, the Bruins earned five points in the 2006-07 Lexus Gauntlet Challenge to reach the 57.5-point total needed to win the trophy - UCLA leads USC, 57.5 to 22.5 this season; UCLA has not yet won the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge, as the final result is pending the outcome over several remaining spring sports...the Bruins have hit 20 home runs through their last 13 games...Decker has totaled eight of his nine home runs in UCLA's last 13 contests...Gavin Brooks allowed five runs (four earned) off nine hits in 6.0 innings as the Bruins' starting pitcher - Brooks struck out three and walked one.


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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 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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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