Feb. 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 UCLA baseball team split a doubleheader against Oklahoma on Saturday, dropping a 3-2 decision to the visiting Sooners in game two. Oklahoma broke a 2-2 deadlock in the top of the 12th inning with a sacrifice fly. Earlier in the day, the Bruins toppled the Sooners, 7-5.
Junior left-hander Brendan Lafferty limited the Sooners to three hits in four scoreless innings of relief. Freshman right-hander Dan Klein (1-1) allowed one run and two hits in two innings out of the bullpen and was tagged with the loss. In game one, Klein recorded the victory in his first collegiate game.
Oklahoma designated hitter Spencer Selby lifted a fly ball to center field, deep enough to score catcher J.T. Wise from third base for the game-winning run in the 12th inning.
After UCLA tied the contest, 2-2, in the fifth inning, both bullpens flourished. Oklahoma's Andrew Doyle limited the Bruins to two hits in 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out seven and walking two. Jake McCarter recorded two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to earn his first save of the season.
Bruin left-hander Tim Murphy allowed just two runs (one earned) and five hits in six innings as the starter. Murphy recorded four strikeouts and issued three walks. Oklahoma's Michael Rocha held the Bruins to two runs and five hits, striking out five in five innings.
Oklahoma struck first, adding one run in the top of the second and another in the top of the fifth. Designated hitter Spencer Shelby's solo home run handed the visiting Sooners a 1-0 lead in the second frame. Left fielder Jamie Johnson's sacrifice fly to right field sent home shortstop Bryan Hernandez in the fifth inning.
UCLA tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth by leading off the inning with four consecutive hits. Left fielder Brady Dolan led off the frame with a double down the left field line, and catcher Ryan Babineau followed with a single to left, sending Dolan to third. Center fielder Blair Dunlap's infield hit scored Dolan and third baseman Jermaine Curtis' single up the middle drove home Babineau.
Earlier in the day, UCLA opened its season with a thrilling 7-5 victory highlighted by right fielder Gabe Cohen's two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game-ending round-tripper by Cohen was the first by a Bruin since Tim Stewart hit a solo shot at home against Stanford, leading UCLA to an 8-7 victory in the team's final regular-season home game (May 21, 2006).
The Bruins and Sooners conclude their three-game series Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA last played an extra inning game on April 29, 2006 - the Bruins dropped a 3-2 decision in 11 innings at California in that contest...the Bruins last played a game of 12 innings or longer on April 20, 2004 - UCLA won in 12 innings at Cal State Fullerton that evening, 5-4...Ryan Babineau led UCLA with two hits (2-for-5)...through both games, Brady Dolan led the way at the plate, finishing 3-for-8 with two runs and one RBI...the first game of the doubleheader featured a 35-minute rain delay; the second game saw light showers in the first two innings.