April 26, 2008
SEATTLE - Right-hander Charles Brewer allowed one run and five hits, striking out six in 6.1 innings, and first baseman Casey Haerther went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, two doubles, three RBI and two runs to lead the UCLA baseball team past Washington, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Brewer (5-4) picked up his team-leading fifth victory of the season, as the Bruins (21-17, 5-6 Pac-10) evened the three-game Pac-10 series against Washington (25-15, 5-6 Pac-10). Right fielder Mickey Weisser went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, and second baseman Niko Gallego went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Bruin left-hander Matt Drummond recorded his second save, recording three strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings. The sophomore left-hander allowed one hit and three walks. Washington's Cam Nobles (3-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) and five hits in 6.1 innings. Nobles totaled four strikeouts and issued two walks.
In a game that turned into a fantastic pitcher's duel through the first five innings, Haerther helped UCLA break the game open in the top of the sixth. UCLA scored four runs in the inning, as Haerther's three-run homer to left put the Bruins ahead, 3-0. After two first-pitch groundouts to begin the inning, third baseman Jermaine Curtis drew a walk and shortstop Brandon Crawford singled through the right side. Haerther belted the first pitch of his third at-bat over the scoreboard above the left-field wall.
UCLA continued the inning with a double to the left-center field gap by Weisser. Designated hitter Tim Murphy was safe at first on a throwing error by Husky shortstop Doug Cherry, allowing Weisser to score from second base.
Washington added one run in the bottom of the seventh. Right fielder Andy Lentz doubled off the center field wall with one out and scored on the next at-bat, as Cherry singled up the middle. UCLA ended the Huskies' threat to score later in the inning, as left-hander Matt Drummond struck out pinch-hitter Ty Rasmussen on a check swing with a full count and Cherry was caught stealing.
The Bruins raced to a 7-1 lead, scoring three runs in the top of the eighth. Haerther led off the frame with a double to right-center field and scored on a single to right by Weisser. Murphy reached first base on a sacrifice bunt and throwing error by catcher Brett Wilcox. Brent Dean's sacrifice fly to right plated Raul Duran, who entered the game to pinch-run for Weisser. Murphy scored on a two-out base-hit up the middle by Gallego.
UCLA added one more run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Raul Duran, scoring Crawford from third.
The Bruins and Huskies conclude their series Sunday 1 p.m. Left-hander Gavin Brooks (4-2) will start for the Bruins, as the Huskies will counter with left-hander Nick Haughian (4-3).
Game Notes: Casey Haerther has belted seven home runs, tied for the team lead with Gabe Cohen...Haerther has recorded an 11-game hitting streak...Charles Brewer limited Washington to just two hits through the first six innings...Cam Nobles surrendered one hit in the first five innings...UCLA and Washington are tied with conference records of 5-6 in a hotly-contested Pac-10 race.