UCLA Baseball Downs Cal State Fullerton, 11-4, in NCAA Regionals

May 31, 2008

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 with one home run, three RBI and two runs and right-hander Charles Brewer (9-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings to lead the UCLA baseball team past Cal State Fullerton, 11-4, Saturday evening at Goodwin Field.

The win advanced the Bruins (33-25) to the Fullerton Regional championship, where they will await the winner of Sunday's first game between No. 3-seed Virginia (39-22) and the top-seeded Titans (38-20). UCLA will play Sunday at 8 p.m. Both games Sunday will be televised live on ESPNU.

Eight of the nine Bruins in the starting lineup registered at least one hit. Center fielder Blair Dunlap went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, and third baseman Jermaine Curtis helped key UCLA's offense with a 2-for-5 effort and three RBI. Second baseman Alden Carrithers went 1-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.

Brewer picked up his team-leading ninth victory of the season. Right-hander Jason Novak limited the Titans to one unearned run and four hits in four innings of relief to record his team-leading fourth save. Novak compiled four strikeouts and issued just one walk.

Titan right-hander Jeff Kaplan (11-2) was tagged with his second loss of the season, his first since a 12-5 defeat at Stanford on Feb. 29. Kaplan allowed seven runs (six earned) and six hits in three innings. Cal State Fullerton used three relief pitchers, as left-hander Jason Dovel finished the game for the Titans, hurling 1.2 hitless innings.

UCLA's offense struck early and often, totaling 10 runs through the first four innings. First baseman Casey Haerther started the charge with a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the first, handing UCLA a 2-0 advantage.

The Bruins' lead swelled to 5-0 with a three-run second. Catcher Ryan Babineau and designated hitter Tim Murphy began the inning with consecutive walks and Dunlap reached safely on an infield single to load the bases. Curtis drilled a double to left field, scoring Babineau and Murphy, before Carrithers' sacrifice fly plated Dunlap.

Cal State Fullerton scored its first run in the top of the third on an RBI-double by shortstop Christian Colon, who finished the game going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

UCLA added two runs in the bottom of the third, the first off a solo homer to deep center by Crawford. The Bruins' starting shortstop belted the eighth pitch of his at-bat to the deepest part of Goodwin Field, handing UCLA a 6-1 advantage. The Bruins tacked on one more run in the inning on a double down the left-field line by Dunlap, scoring right fielder Brady Dolan from second base. Brady Dolan from second base.

The Titans added another run in the top of the fourth on an RBI-single by catcher Dustin Garneau.

The Bruins responded with a three-run fourth. Left fielder Mickey Weisser opened the frame with a double to right field and Carrithers followed with a single to center. After Weisser was caught in a pickle between home and third on a fielder's choice by Haerther, putting Haerther at second and Carrithers at third, Crawford doubled off the left-field wall, scoring both runners. Crawford scored from third base on an ensuing wild pitch, handing UCLA a 10-2 lead.

Cal State Fullerton scored in the top of the fifth on an RBI-single to left field by designated hitter Brian Wilson. UCLA added its final run in the seventh inning on a run-scoring base-hit by Curtis. The Titans scored their fourth run of the evening in the eighth inning.

Game Notes: Charles Brewer became just the fourth UCLA pitcher in the last 11 years to record nine or more wins in a single - Jim Parque (13 in 1997), Josh Karp (10 in 2000) and Tyson Brummett (10 in 2007) are the other three pitchers...Crawford's belted his first career postseason homer and doubled his career postseason RBI total to six...UCLA has totaled 33 wins for the third consecutive season - the Bruins last registered 33 wins or more in three straight seasons from 1985-1987...the Bruins snapped a seven-game losing streak to Cal State Fullerton, recording the victory at Goodwin Field as the designated home team.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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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