No. 15 UCLA Baseball Sweeps East Carolina With 7-6 Win
Feb. 18, 2007
Los Angeles - Freshman left-hander Gavin Brooks (1-0) allowed two runs off six hits in 5.0 innings to record his first collegiate win as No. 15 UCLA defeated East Carolina, 7-6, to earn a series sweep Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (6-4) scored seven runs off 12 hits to record their fourth-consecutive victory. Sophomore Ryan Babineau led UCLA's offense with a 3-for-4 performance and one RBI.
Junior Brant Rustich made one pitch in the ninth-inning to earn his third save. The hard-throwing right-hander entered the ninth inning with one out and Dale Mollenhauer aboard at first base. Rustich made one pitch to Corey Kemp, who grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the game.
Junior Alden Carrithers finished the afternoon hitting 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one walk. Brandon Henderson led East Carolina (2-4) with two solo home runs - one in the fourth inning and a second in the eighth frame. Henderson posted a 3-for-3 performance at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI.
UCLA used a four-run sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead. The Bruins entered the sixth with a 3-2 advantage and scored one run when senior Tim Stewart was hit in the back with the bases loaded, scoring junior Alden Carrithers. Pinch-hitting for Mickey Weisser, sophomore Cody Decker cleared the bases with a double down the left field line, giving UCLA a 7-2 cushion.
The Bruins led from the second inning on - East Carolina jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the frame when sophomore Brandon Crawford reached on a fielder's choice, plating Carrithers.
UCLA added two more runs in the second inning to assume a 3-2 lead. The Bruins began the inning with four consecutive hits. Right fielder Gabe Cohen scored on Tim Murphy's double to center, and Murphy scored the Bruins' third run on Babineau's base-hit to left field.
The Pirates cut UCLA's lead in half, 3-2, when Henderson delivered a home run over the left-field fence on a 1-and-1 count in the top of the fourth.
East Carolina could not capitalize in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Bruin right-hander J.D. Haver induced a 6-4-3 double play from designated hitter Stephen Batts to end the inning. The Pirates added two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth - on Henderson's second homer - to cut the deficit to 7-5. David Forbes blasted a home run in the top of the ninth inning, reducing UCLA's margin to one before Rustich closed the game.
UCLA returns to action at Long Beach State on Tuesday, Feb. 20. First pitch at Blair Field is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Left-hander Gavin Brooks has started each of UCLA's three Sunday contests...Brooks set a career high with 5.0 innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 4.05...East Carolina right-hander Bailey Daniels surrendered three runs off six hits in one inning (16 pitches); Daniels faced four batters in the second inning...J.D. Haver made four pitches in the sixth inning, recording a scoreless 0.2 innings pitched.