Cal Drops No. 22 UCLA, 9-4

April 30, 2006

Berkeley, Calif. - California rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning for a 9-4 win over No. 22 UCLA on Sunday afternoon at Evans Field. The loss drops UCLA to 24-18 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-10 while Cal improves to 21-22 and 8-10 in the Pac-10.

Freshman Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and freshman Ryan Babineau went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Curtis got things going with a single up the middle, and senior Chris Jensen followed with a single up the middle to advance Curtis to third. Junior Hector Ambriz then struck out swinging on a wild pitch that went to the backstop to score Curtis from third for the first run of the game.

The Bruins went up 2-0 in the top of the third inning. Babineau led off with a double down the left field line, and freshman Brandon Crawford followed with a single through the right side to advance Babineau to third. Curtis then scored Babineau on a sacrifice fly to center field to put UCLA up by two.

UCLA scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Freshman Tim Murphy reached on an infield single, and senior Sean Smith followed with a single to center field to advance Murphy to third base. Senior Josh Roenicke then grounded to second base but Cal second baseman Kyle Spraker booted the ball to allow Murphy to score from third and Roenicke to reach first base.

Crawford drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but Curtis flied out to center field to end the inning.

Cal scored in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Bruin lead to 3-1 on a RBI single by Mike Van Winden with two outs.

The Golden Bears put up a three spot in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Cal tied the game on a two-run single to center field by Allen Craig, and took a one-run lead on a sacrifice fly to left field by Brennan Boesch.

UCLA scrapped for a run to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning. Roenicke led off with a single to left field, and Babineau singled through the right side to put runners at first and second for UCLA. Crawford laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third, and Curtis followed with a ground out to second base to score Roenicke from third.

Cal would score three more runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Cal catcher Travis Howell broke the 4-4 tie with a double to center field to put the Golden Bears up by one. Roenicke came in from center field to relieve UCLA starter Tyson Brummett, and walked Spraker and hit Rob Nesbitt with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Craig then hit a two-run double down the left field line to put Cal up by three.

The Golden Bears added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 9-4 advantage over UCLA. Cal went up 8-4 on a RBI single by Craig, and 9-4 on a RBI double by Boesch.

UCLA will next travel to UC Riverside on Tuesday, May 2 to finish a suspended game with the Highlanders from March 28.

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