No. 21 UCLA Baseball Drops Series Opener at No. 10 Arizona State

May 12, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. - In a contest featuring four lead changes, the No. 21 UCLA baseball team lost at No. 10 Arizona State, 16-14, Friday evening in the series opener at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils overcame a 14-7 deficit with nine unanswered runs after having blown a 7-1 lead earlier in the contest.

With the loss, UCLA's sixth defeat in its last 26 games, the Bruins (28-20, 12-4 Pac-10) fall into a first-place tie with Arizona State (35-12, 12-4 Pac-10). Both teams combined for 30 runs - a season high for UCLA - and 35 hits in the nine-inning affair.

UCLA scored the game's first run, an inside-the-park home run by left fielder Will Penniall, before surrendering two runs in the second and five runs in the third. Trailing 7-1, the Bruins added four in the fourth and three in the fifth to assume an 8-7 advantage. UCLA tacked on six more runs in the sixth inning. Trailing 14-7 in the middle of the sixth, Arizona State scored once in the sixth, added five runs in the seventh and assumed the lead for, 16-14, with a three-run eighth inning.

Arizona State trailed 14-13 headed to the bottom of the eighth, when shortstop Andrew Romine's bloop hit on a full count landed just inside the left-field line and bounced to fence, allowing both runners to score before Romine slid into third base with his first triple of the season. Third baseman Joe Persichina singled up the middle to score Romine and hand the Sun Devils a 16-14 advantage.

Penniall finished the game 3-for-5 and scored a career-best four runs. Center fielder Justin Uribe hit 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI. Second baseman Alden Carrithers and shortstop Brandon Crawford each recorded three-hit efforts for the Bruins. Catcher Ryan Babineau hit 2-for-4, and tallied a career-high four RBI (including a bases-clearing double).

Arizona State's Dustin Brader (2-0) earned the victory, striking out two and allowing one run and two hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Freshman right-hander Garett Claypool (3-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and two hits in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Left fielder Matt Spencer led the Sun Devils offensively, hitting 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. First baseman Brett Wallace belted a two-out, three-run home run in Arizona State's five-run seventh inning to cut UCLA's lead to 14-13. Wallace finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.

UCLA and Arizona State resume their three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. Barry Tompkins and Jerry Kindall will call the action live on FSN Arizona from Packard Stadium. Saturday's game will be aired on FSN West in the Los Angeles area on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Justin Uribe finished one home run shy of hitting for the cycle...Brandon Crawford extended his hit streak to eight games when he singled through the right side in the top of the first inning...Ryan Babineau's four RBIs established his new career high...right-hander Tyson Brummett exited the game with the Bruins ahead, 14-8; Brummett allowed 12 runs (eight earned) off 14 hits in 6.2 innings...Sun Devil starter Mike Leake allowed 10 runs (seven earned) off 15 hits in 5.1 innings...Friday's loss snapped UCLA's six-game Pac-10 road win streak, the Bruins' longest such streak since 1969...temperature at first pitch hit 98 degrees at Packard Stadium.


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