No. 15 UCLA Edges UC Riverside, 3-2

Feb. 13, 2007

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Los Angeles - Sophomore right-hander Jason Novak (1-0) struck out seven batters in 4.0 innings of relief to earn the win as No. 15 UCLA defeated UC Riverside, 3-2, at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday night. Sophomore Brandon Crawford led UCLA's offense, finishing 3-for-4 with two singles, one triple and two runs scored.

Freshman Garett Claypool pitched three no-hit innings in his first collegiate start and recorded three strikeouts. The right-hander from West Hills, Calif., made just 13 pitches - 11 for strikes - in the first inning. Novak struck out the side on 12 pitches in the top of the fourth and allowed one hit in four innings.

Senior Kevin Brophy pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts, and redshirt junior Brant Rustich allowed two runs (one earned) in the ninth to notch his second save. UCLA's four pitchers combined for a team season-high 14 strikeouts.

Trailing 3-0 entering the ninth inning, UC Riverside scored two runs before the Bruins shut the door. Pinch-hitter Ryan Goetz singled to center, scoring Mark Samuelson from third base. Left-fielder Aaron Wible took third base on the single and scored on an ensuing pass ball. Rustich struck out the side in the ninth inning, retiring Jeff Dunbar on a 2-2 count to end the game.

Crawford started the Bruins' two-run first inning with a single to right-center and advanced to second on senior Tim Stewart's base-hit to left. Both runners advanced one base when UC Riverside first baseman Mark Samuelson made an errant throw to shortstop Jaime Pedroza. Sophomore Ryan Babineau plated both Crawford and Stewart on an 0-2 single to center field with two outs.

UCLA (3-4) added their third run in the seventh inning. With two outs, Crawford tripled down the right-field line and scored when Highlander third baseman Kyle Barratt misplayed a ground ball hit by Tim Stewart.

UC Riverside senior Taylor Bills (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing just two runs (both unearned) on six hits in 5.0 innings. After seven Bruins went to the plate in the first inning, Bills faced just 16 over the next four frames.

UCLA returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium this weekend to host a three-game series with East Carolina (2-1). First pitch on Friday is slated for 6 p.m. The Bruins and Pirates take the field Saturday at 2 p.m. and conclude the non-conference series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Jason Novak's seven strikeouts established his new career-high (previous high was four, in two games)...freshman Garett Claypool became the third Bruin to make his collegiate debut on the mound this season...UC Riverside head coach Doug Smith was ejected in the top of the fourth inning by home plate umpire Jeff Patterson after arguing a check-swing strike-three call against Kyle Barratt.


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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
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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