UCLA Baseball Edges Virginia, 3-2 in Fullerton Regional Opener

May 30, 2008

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Bruin left-hander Tim Murphy limited Virginia to two runs (one earned) and eight hits in 7.2 innings to lead the UCLA baseball team past Virginia, 3-2, Friday evening in an NCAA Regional opener at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field.

UCLA (32-25) scored the game-winning run on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning. With runners aboard and first and second, pinch-hitter Cody Decker grounded a ball to Virginia third baseman Tyler Cannon, whose throw to first base sailed past Cavalier first baseman Jeremy Farrell, allowing Bruin pinch-runner Chris Giovinazzo to score.

The Bruins led off the inning with consecutive singles before a force-out at third base on an attempted sacrifice bunt by right fielder Brady Dolan left runners at first and second base.

UCLA left-hander Brendan Lafferty (4-3) earned the victory, tossing one scoreless inning of relief. Virginia's Matt Packer (6-3) was tagged the loss, allowing one unearned run on three hits in 2.1 innings of relief.

The Bruins were led at the plate by left fielder Mickey Weisser, who went 3-for-4 with one of UCLA's two RBI. Jermaine Curtis was 2-for-4 with one double and one run.

The victory moves UCLA into the winners' bracket, where the Bruins will face the winner of Friday evening's game between Cal State Fullerton and Rider at Goodwin Field. UCLA will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Cavalier designated hitter Phil Gosselsin led Virginia (38-22) at the plate, going 3-for-4. Second baseman David Adams finished the night with two hits.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After leading off the frame with a double to the gap in left-center field, third baseman Jermaine Curtis scored from third on an infield groundout by second baseman Alden Carrithers. The Bruins added one run in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded single to center by left fielder Mickey Weisser, who plated Carrithers from third.

Virginia cut UCLA's lead in half with one run in the top of the sixth. With runners in scoring position, Adams lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring shortstop Greg Miclat. The Cavaliers tied the contest, 2-2, with one run in the top of the eighth inning. Cannon scored from second base on a sacrifice fly to right field after having reached on a two-base fielding error in left field.

UCLA's defense helped keep the Bruins in the ballgame. The Bruins successfully caught Cannon stepping off third base, using the hidden-ball trick, with one out in the sixth inning. Virginia's run-scoring sacrifice fly in the eighth inning came on a superb diving catch by Dolan, saving another run from scoring.

Virginia right-hander Jacob Thompson surrendered two runs and seven hits in six innings, making the start for the Cavaliers.

Game Notes: Tim Murphy recorded four strikeouts, moving into a seventh-place tie on UCLA's single-season strikeout list with Tyson Brummett (2007) and Tim Leary (1979)...Murphy's consecutive scoreless inning streak was snapped at 22.0 innings when Virginia scored with one out in the top of the sixth...Brendan Lafferty made his team-leading 32nd appearance of the spring and has appeared in more games than any Bruin since Rob Henkel pitched in 34 games in 1997...UCLA improved to 3-0 in NCAA Regional openers under fourth-year head coach John Savage (2006, vs. UC Irvine; 2007, vs. Pepperdine).


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