March 16, 2007
San Diego - The UCLA baseball team lost at San Diego State, 8-2, Friday evening in the series-opening contest at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Bruins managed two runs off five hits, as first baseman Casey Haerther led the team with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Shortstop Brandon Crawford hit 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his third round-tripper of the season.
San Diego State right-hander Steven Hirschfeld (3-1) recorded eight strikeouts and walked two, giving up one run off two hits in 5.0 innings. UCLA's Tyson Brummett (3-3) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) off eight hits in 4.1 innings.
The Aztecs (13-11) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second and led the rest of the way. With two outs, left fielder Cameron Johnson singled to center, took second on a balk and scored on a double by second baseman Garett Green. Catcher Chris Anderson plated Green and took second on a wild throw by Bruin left fielder Brady Dolan.
San Diego State increased its lead to three when center fielder Brandon Glover led off the third inning with a triple to right-center field and scored on right fielder Josh Chasse's sacrifice fly to center.
The Bruins (8-11) trimmed San Diego State's lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Second baseman Alden Carrithers began the frame with a double to left field and reached third base on a wild pitch. Shortstop Brandon Crawford brought home Carrithers with a groundout to second base.
San Diego State added another run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. In the fourth inning, catcher Chris Anderson reached first base on a throwing error by Bruin third baseman Eddie Murray, took second on a groundout to first and scored on a double by Glover.
Chasse led off the seventh inning with a base hit to left field and shortstop Troy Hanzawa followed with a walk. Third baseman Nick Romero drove home Chasse and sent Hanzawa to third base with a single to right field. With one out, Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. Green flied out to right in foul territory, allowing Hanzawa to score and the other two runners to advance on the throw home.
The Aztecs added two more runs in the eighth inning after loading the bases with two outs. Designated hitter Brian Lucas singled to center, scoring Chasse and Hanzawa before getting tagged out on a relay (center fielder to first baseman to catcher to second baseman). UCLA's Brandon Crawford skied a solo home run over the right-field wall to lead off the top of the ninth inning, cutting the Bruins' deficit to 8-2.
The Bruins and Aztecs resume the weekend series Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. UCLA left-hander Tim Murphy takes the mound Saturday against San Diego State right-hander Bruce Billings.
Game Notes: Jason Novak relieved Brummett in the fifth inning, striking out Cameron Johnson and Garett Green on eight pitches to escape a one-out jam with runners at second and third...Brent Dean made his first career start as a Bruin (catcher)...with his ninth-inning home run, Brandon Crawford has hit safely in 17 of UCLA's 19 games.