Los Angeles - Backed by five runs in the first two innings, senior Tyson Brummett (5-4) led the UCLA baseball team past Washington, 6-5, Thursday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Brummett struck out six, walking just one, in 8 1/3 innings and junior Brant Rustich ended a ninth-inning Huskie rally to earn his fifth save.
The Bruins extended their win streak to a season-high six games and have started Pac-10 play with a 4-0 mark for the first time since 1979. Right fielder Gabe Cohen and designated hitter Cody Decker continued their torrid hitting, as each Bruin blasted a home run in the first inning. Cohen finished the evening 2-for-3 at the plate with one run, one RBI and one walk. Shortstop Brandon Crawford scored three runs, posting a 1-for-2 effort with his fifth home run and two walks.
UCLA (14-14, 4-0 Pac-10) used home runs by Cohen and Decker in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. With shortstop Brandon Crawford aboard, Decker blasted his fourth home run in the last three games (team-leading sixth round-tripper). Right fielder Cohen followed with a solo home run to left.
With his first-inning home run, Cohen increased his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games. Crawford began the 2007 campaign with a 10-game hitting streak, and Cohen will have a chance to best that mark Friday evening.
The Huskies (15-12, 4-3 Pac-10) cut UCLA's lead to 3-1 in the top of the second when designated hitter Joey Linn advanced from third base on a balk by Brummett.
The Bruins added to their lead in the second inning when Crawford connected for a two-run home run to straight-away center field. Catcher Ryan Babineau scored on Crawford's blast after being hit by a pitch. UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the sixth on a groundout by Cody Decker and subsequent throwing error by Washington first baseman Curt Rindal, allowing Crawford to score after advancing to third.
Washington scored on a ground ball up the middle in the sixth inning by catcher Joey Dunn, allowing third baseman Matt Hague to score and reduce the Bruin advantage to 6-2. The Huskies tagged Brummett for three runs off three hits in the ninth inning before Brant Rustich nailed down victory for UCLA by inducing a fly out to left and a groundout.
Huskie left-hander Nick Haughian allowed five runs off three hits in 1.2 innings as the Washington's starter. Haughian issued one walk and hit four batters. Right-hander Jason Erickson limited the Bruins to one run off one hit in 6.1 innings of relief. Erickson struck out three batters without issuing a walk.
UCLA and Washington continue their three-game series Friday at 6 p.m. The Bruins will send left-hander Tim Murphy to the mound, and the Huskies will counter with right-hander Jorden Merry.
Game Notes: Tyson Brummett pitched into the ninth inning for the fourth time this season - the right-hander from Salem, Utah, has thrown three complete games, including last Friday night at Stanford...Brant Rustich needed just 10 pitches (six for strikes) in the ninth inning to nail down his fifth save...the Bruins' six-game win streak marks the longest such string of victories in the John Savage era - UCLA last won six in a row in 2004, when the Bruins reeled off seven-consecutive wins (Feb. 24 - March 5)...Friday's game marked the halfway point of UCLA's regular-season; the Bruins have played 28 of 56 games.