April 25, 2008
SEATTLE - The UCLA baseball team lost to Washington, 5-2, in the series opener at Husky Ballpark on Friday evening. Bruin left-hander Tim Murphy (3-5) absorbed the loss, despite limiting the Huskies to three runs and five hits in seven innings and totaling seven strikeouts.
UCLA (20-17, 4-6 Pac-10) was led at the plate by second baseman Alden Carrithers, who went 1-for-2 with two walks and scored both runs. The Bruins managed four hits, as third baseman Jermaine Curtis doubled and first baseman Casey Haerther and designated hitter Cody Decker each reached on singles.
Husky right-hander Jorden Merry (6-0) recorded nine strikeouts in eight innings, allowing just two runs and four hits. Washington (25-14, 5-5 Pac-10) belted two home runs in the first three innings, as right fielder Kyle Conley led the way with a 2-for-4 effort, including one solo homer and two runs scored.
Washington left-hander Nick Haughian, slated to start Sunday's series finale, notched his first save of the season by recording three strikeouts in the ninth inning.
UCLA scored the game's first run in the top of the first. Carrithers led off the game with a double to the gap in left-center field and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Curtis. Carrithers scored on a wild pitch by Merry.
Washington answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Center fielder Sean Meehan drew a two-out walk, and first baseman Troy Scott followed with a two-run home run to right field, handing the Huskies a 2-1 advantage.
The Bruins tied the game, 2-2, with a run in the top of the third inning. Carrithers led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a double to right-center field by Curtis. A groundout to first base by shortstop Brandon Crawford sent home Carrithers.
In the bottom of the third, Washington retained the lead for good with a solo home run to right field by Conley, his team-leading 10th round-tripper of the season.
The Huskies added to their lead with two runs in the eighth inning. Conley led off the frame with a walk and left fielder Aaron Russell drew a one-out walk. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a balk by left-hander Brendan Lafferty, and moved up one more base on a wild pitch, allowing Conley to score. Two at-bats later, pinch-hitter Jake Rife belted a full-count double to right of Bruin right-hander J.D. Haver, sending home Russell from third base.
The Bruins and Huskies resume their series Saturday at 2 p.m. UCLA's Charles Brewer (4-4) will take the hill for the Bruins, and Washington will counter with right-hander Cam Nobles (3-2).
Game Notes: Casey Haerther extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games...Tim Murphy has totaled 77 strikeouts in 69.2 innings this season...Alden Carrithers has hit safely in 31 of the Bruins' 37 games, and leads the team with a .403 batting average (60-for-149).