UCLA Registers Second Straight Shutout at No. 15 Cal With 7-0 Win

May 24, 2008

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BERKELEY, Calif. - The UCLA baseball team registered its second shutout at No. 15 California in as many days, posting a 7-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond. Bruin right-hander Charles Brewer (8-4) earned his team-leading eighth win, scattering just three hits while striking out four in 5.2 scoreless innings.

UCLA (31-24, 13-10 Pac-10) handed California (32-19-2, 11-12 Pac-10) its first home series loss of the season, registering back-to-back shutouts for the first time in program history since 1978. Friday afternoon, left-hander Tim Murphy hurled a complete-game shutout as UCLA won the series opener, 8-0.

The Bruins, who have won each of their last five Pac-10 contests, took advantage of 10 walks and three hit-by-pitches issued by the host Golden Bears. Shortstop Brandon Crawford led UCLA's offensive charge, going 3-for-4 with one double, three RBI and two runs. Catcher Ryan Babineau was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and second baseman Alden Carrithers went 2-for-4 with two runs. Center fielder Blair Dunlap went 2-for-5, and designated hitter Cody Decker reached base safely in three of six plate appearances.

UCLA scored four two-out runs in the top of the first, chasing starting pitcher Craig Bennigson (4-4) in the opening frame. Bennigson absorbed the loss, allowing four runs and three hits, issuing two walks and two hit-by-pitches in 0.2 innings.

In the top of the first, Crawford lined an RBI-single, bringing home third baseman Jermaine Curtis. The Bruins took advantage of two hit-by-pitches and two walks. After Decker was plunked on the foot, left fielder Mickey Weisser was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Carrithers. Two ensuing four-pitch walks plated Crawford and Decker to give UCLA a 4-0 cushion.

The Bruins added one run in each of the fourth, sixth and eighth innings. Crawford drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning, allowing third baseman Jermaine Curtis to score. Two frames later, Crawford singled home Carrithers from second base, as UCLA claimed a 6-0 advantage. In the eighth inning, Crawford reached on a one-out double and scored on a single to right field by Babineau.

UCLA has won 31 games, the program's highest total in regular-season action since 2006, when the Bruins posted a 32-23 record prior to the NCAA Regional in Malibu, Calif.

The Bruins conclude their regular season at No. 15 California on Sunday at 1 p.m. The final regular-season contest will be broadcast live online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.

Game Notes: Saturday's victory marked the 200th win of John Savage's head coaching career (88 wins at UC Irvine, 112 wins at UCLA)...Casey Haerther extended his Pac-10 hitting streak to 17 games with his team-leading 22nd double in the top of the sixth inning...Brandon Crawford registered his seventh game with three hits or more this season (five three-hit efforts, two four-hit games)...UCLA became the first team to hurl back-to-back shutouts against California since North Carolina accomplished the feat in 2004 (March 11-12) in Chapel Hill, N.C...the Bruins logged their fifth shutout of the season, the most by UCLA since totaling five shutouts in 1992.


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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
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 - 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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