April 1, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Loyola Marymount in a non-conference game at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Wednesday evening. Third baseman Casey Haerther and second baseman Eddie Murray each went 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Bruins (10-15).
Loyola Marymount (17-13) scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held on for the victory, the Lions' ninth win in their last 10 games. Left fielder Ryan Hawthorne went 2-for-5 with one double and third baseman Kyle Spraker went 2-for-3 with one run and one walk for the visiting Lions.
Right-hander Chris Eusebio (3-2) earned the victory in relief for Loyola Marymount, scattering two hits in four scoreless innings. Eusebio registered four strikeouts and did not walk any batters. LMU right-hander Xavier Esquivel recorded the final two outs in the bottom of the ninth to earn his team-leading fourth save. UCLA left-hander Matt Grace (2-2) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits in 1.2 innings.
LMU's three-run first inning began when Spraker reached on a single. With two outs, right fielder Angelo Songco took first base on catcher's interference. Catcher Ollie Enos' double to left field scored both runners. A bloop single to center by designated hitter Brad Bauer scored Enos.
UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the third on an RBI-double to left field by Haerther. The Bruins reduced their deficit to 3-2 with another run in the fifth inning. Shortstop Adrian Williams lined a double down the left-field line, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single through the left side by Murray.
The Bruins return to action at Washington State, opening a three-game Pac-10 series Friday, April 3. Game time at Washington State's Bailey-Brayton Field is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Left-hander Rob Rasmussen recorded a career-high seven strikeouts, scattering two hits in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief...UCLA's pitching staff recorded 12 strikeouts on Wednesday, marking the 12th contest this year in which the team's pitchers have logged 10 or more strikeouts...freshman Adrian Williams made his collegiate debut as UCLA's starting shortstop and reached base on his first at-bat, getting hit by a pitch...Williams finished 1-for-2 with one of the Bruins' two runs...left-hander Matt Grace exited the game in the top of the second inning with an apparent injury (status to be determined).