Feb. 4, 2007
Los Angeles - The 13th-ranked UCLA baseball team used a 13-run fourth inning to defeat No. 23 Winthrop, 19-5, in the rubber match at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Gabe Cohen led the Bruins' offense with a 3-for-4 performance, highlighted by a grand slam, five RBI and two runs scored in his first collegiate start.
UCLA (2-1) tallied seven singles, five doubles and one home run in the 13-run explosion. The Bruins' first 11 batters reached base safely - the first seven hitters either singled or doubled. UCLA scored 19 runs against Winthrop (1-2) in a three-inning span - five in the second, one in the third and 13 in the fourth.
Center fielder Tim Murphy established career highs with four hits, six at-bats and three runs scored. Cohen, catcher Ryan Babineau and second baseman Alden Carrithers each collected three hits for UCLA. Carrithers finished the day with four RBI and three runs scored, and Babineau registered three RBI and three runs scored. Seven Bruins recorded multiple-hit performances, and six players totaled two or more RBI.
Leading 12-2 with no outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Cohen clubbed a pitch from Winthrop's Tyler McBride over the left-field fence for his first career home run, a grand slam. UCLA added two more runs that inning after Cohen's blast.
The Bruins led 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth. UCLA used a five-run second inning to assume a 5-1 lead and tacked on their sixth run in the third frame.
Trailing 1-0 with no outs in the second inning, Babineau clubbed a double to center field to bring home Murphy from first base. Senior Will Penniall (2-for-3) singled to right-center, scoring Babineau. With one out and Penniall at second base, sophomore Alden Carrithers was hit by a pitch.
Leading 2-1, the Bruins continued to pad their lead. Sophomore Brandon Crawford (2-for-5, 3 RBI) flew out to center, advancing Penniall to third. Senior Tim Stewart (1-for-3) reached first base after a pitch grazed his chest. Outfielder Mickey Weisser plated Carrithers and Penniall with a single to center. Cohen reached safely on a dribbler down the third-base line to score Stewart. Winthrop starter Jason Franzblau (0-1) was replaced by right-hander Josh McDonald, who retired Murphy with a groundout to shortstop.
The Eagles used seven pitchers, with no hurler lasting longer than 2.0 innings.
UCLA's Brooks allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits in 4.0 innings. The Vista, Calif. native struck out three batters in his first collegiate appearance. Redshirt sophomore Brendan Lafferty (1-0) picked up the victory. He allowed three runs off four hits in 2.0 innings. Freshman J.D. Haver struck out two batters in 2.0 innings, and redshirt junior Brant Rustich recorded one strikeout in the ninth inning.
UCLA opens a three-game series at No. 2 Miami on Friday at 4 p.m. (PST). Last season, the Hurricanes won two of three contests against the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The UCLA-Miami games on Friday (4 p.m. PST) and Saturday (4:30 p.m. PST) can be viewed at ACCSelect.com (subscription required).
Game Notes: UCLA's 19 runs were the most in the John Savage era - the Bruins last scored as many as 19 in a 21-3 win at Washington State on May 23, 2003...the Bruins last won by 14 or more runs on March 14, 2006, when UCLA downed UNLV, 16-2...the 3-hour, 40-minute contest featured 12 batting lineup substitutions, 11 pitchers, and 40 players (UCLA 20, Winthrop 20)...the Bruins collected 32 total bases...UCLA sent 18 batters to the plate in the 13-run fourth inning.