No. 21 UCLA Baseball Edged by No. 10 Arizona State, 5-4

May 12, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore left-hander Tim Murphy struck out a career-high 14 hitters in eight innings as No. 21 UCLA dropped a 5-4 decision at No. 10 Arizona State Saturday evening at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils overcame a 4-3 deficit in the ninth, scoring two runs to break a first-place tie in the Pac-10 Conference.

Murphy allowed three runs off six hits in a career-high eight innings and did not earn a decision. Sun Devil left-hander Ike Davis (1-1) earned the victory, inducing an inning-ending double play in the top of the ninth. Right-hander Brant Rustich (3-2) absorbed the loss, allowing two runs and one hit.

UCLA first baseman Cody Decker belted his team-leading 13th home run and finished the game 1-for-3. Shortstop Brandon Crawford and right fielder Gabe Cohen each tallied two hits for the Bruins, and second baseman Eddie Murray led UCLA with two runs.

Arizona State left fielder Matt Spencer posted a 3-for-3 effort, including two home runs and the game-winning base-hit in the bottom of the ninth.

With runners at first and second base and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Arizona State pinch-hitter Tim Smith singled through the left side, scoring pinch-runner Rocky Laguna to tie the contest, 4-4. The Sun Devils moved both runners to second and third, respectively, with a sacrifice bunt by Davis before catcher Petey Paramore drew an intentional walk. With the bases loaded, Spencer singled to center field, allowing second baseman Eric Sogard to score from third.

Arizona State got on the board with two runs in the second inning. Left fielder Matt Spencer skied a solo home run to straight-away center. Second baseman Eric Sogard drew a bases loaded walk with one out, sending home shortstop Andrew Romine.

UCLA first baseman Cody Decker cut the Sun Devils' lead in half with a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning. The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on a two-RBI double to left, bringing home third baseman Jermaine Curtis and second baseman Eddie Murray.

The Sun Devils tied the contest, 3-3, in the sixth inning on Spencer's second solo home run of the game. The Bruins regained the lead, 4-3, with one run in the top of the seventh inning when Murray scored from third base with two outs on a wild pitch.

UCLA and Arizona State conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Tim Murphy struck out the side in the bottom of the first and third inning before finishing with 14 strikeouts, the highest total by a Bruin since left-hander David Huff struck out 15 hitters at Pacific (Feb. 18, 2006)...freshman right-hander Charles Brewer made his collegiate debut; Brewer entered in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and second base and nobody out...with the loss, Arizona State captured a one-game lead in the Pac-10 Standings...Saturday's game can be viewed on FSN West on Sunday at 1 p.m.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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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