UCLA Rallies With Three In The Ninth For 7-6 Win
April 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Cody Decker's infield single in the ninth scored the go-ahead run while Brent Rustich struck out Grant Green with the tying run on third Saturday as the UCLA Bruins rallied to record the 7-6 victory over the USC Trojans. The Bruins came back from a 6-2 deficit after the sixth inning as Brandon Crawford tied the game with a two-strike, two-run single before scoring on Decker's hit.
UCLA (17-16, 7-1) remains one game back of first-place Arizona in the Pac-10 Conference standings. USC falls to 19-17 on the season and 2-6 in conference play.
Decker went 3-for-4 with a home run, his second in as many games, and two RBI while Crawford went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Brendan Lafferty threw three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit to go to 4-0 on the season for the Bruins.
Senior Paul Koss dropped to 2-3 on the season for the Trojans after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits in the ninth. Green finished the game with a 3-for-5 day, including his seventh triple of the year. He is one triple away from tying the USC single-season record. Green also extended his season-high hitting streak to nine games.
USC took a 3-0 lead in the first when Matt Cusick walked, followed by Green's double. Owen brought them home with a two-run single to left and scored on Lucas Duda's RBI double. Hector Rabago led off the second with a home run to left, his second of the season for a 4-0 USC lead.
Alden Carrithers put the Bruins on the board with a solo home run in the third and Decker hit his homer in the sixth. Carrithers and Crawford hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh, cutting the Trojan lead to 6-4. Koss entered the game in the ninth and walked pinch hitter Mickey Weisser to lead off the inning. Ryan Babineau singled, advancing pinch runner Eddie Murray to second. Jermaine Curtis then sacrificed as both runners advanced. Koss struck out Carrithers for the second out and worked Crawford to an 0-2 count before he tied the game. Decker hit a ground ball that first baseman Derek Perren knocked down, but was unable to make a play as Crawford scored the eventual game winner.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Cusick singled to left on an 0-2 count as pinch runner Will Rice moved to second. Rice stole third, but Rustich entered the game for the Bruins and struck out Green to end the game.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
UCLA 001-001-203---7-12-1USC 310-011-000---6-10-1
WP - Lafferty (3-0) LP - Koss (2-3) S - Rustich (6)T - 3:24 ATT - 1,147Records: UCLA (17-16, 7-1), USC (19-17, 2-6)
Murphy, Claypool (5), Lafferty (6), Rustich (9) and Babineau.Cook, Stock (7), Koss (9) and Bowden.