UCLA Baseball Loses Series Opener at Washington, 5-2

April 25, 2008

Box Score

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).


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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
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 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, May 03 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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