May 12, 2007
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.