Los Angeles - Freshman Gavin Brooks recorded a career-best eight strikeouts to lead UCLA past Pacific, 8-3, Monday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Second baseman Alden Carrithers finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to help give UCLA (10-14) the series victory over the visiting Tigers (7-19-1).
Brooks (2-3) allowed just two runs off three hits through 5.2 innings to earn his second victory of the season. Freshman right-hander Garett Claypool allowed one run off three hits in 3.1 innings of relief to earn his second save. Pacific right-hander Jake Wild (1-4) absorbed the loss, allowing six runs off five hits in 2.0 innings.
Designated hitter Will Penniall, first baseman Cody Decker, third baseman Eddie Murray and right fielder Gabe Cohen all finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Cohen tallied two RBI and one run, and Penniall scored two runs for the Bruins. Shortstop Brandon Crawford delivered with a 2-for-3 effort, his 12th multi-hit game of the season.
UCLA jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning and led 8-0 after three. Carrithers doubled to left-center field, plating Penniall from second. Crawford brought home Carrithers with a double to the right-center field gap.
In UCLA's six-run third inning, Penniall led off with a single to right. Carrithers followed a two-run blast over the right field fence. Crawford walked, and Decker reached on an infield single. Left fielder Mickey Weisser was safe at first with on a sacrifice bunt when Pacific pitcher Brett Manning bobbled the ball. With the bases loaded, Cohen lined a double to left, scoring Decker and Crawford. Weisser gave UCLA a 7-0 cushion when he scored on a wild pitch. Catcher Ryan Babineau brought home Cohen with a sacrifice fly to right.
Pacific answered with two runs in the top of the fourth. Third baseman Justin Baum put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run to right. Designated hitter Joey Centanni reached first on a walk, and scored on right fielder Zach Chamberlin's double to left field. Pacific added its third run in the top of the ninth.
The Bruins return to action at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, when they begin Pac-10 play at Stanford University. UCLA and Stanford continue the three-game series Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Gavin Brooks topped his previous career high of five strikeouts when he fanned his sixth batter of the afternoon - Dennis Hill - in the top of the second...Brooks made 106 pitches in 5.2 innings...five Bruins tallied multi-hit games, and Alden Carrithers led all players with three RBI...UCLA evened its record against Pacific to 6-6 (since 1975)...with two hits in three at-bats, Brandon Crawford raised his team-leading batting average to .358 (34-for-95)...Gabe Cohen and Alden Carrithers both finished 5-for-11 (.455 avg) in three games against Pacific.