Decker's Slam Helps UCLA To Complete Series Sweep With 12-9 Win

April 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Cody Decker's grand slam capped a five-run eighth inning Sunday as the UCLA Bruins recorded the Pac-10 Conference series sweep with a 12-9 victory against the host USC Trojans. Decker hit his third home run in the series and finished the weekend with a 7-for-13 performance and 10 RBI against the Trojans.

Decker finished the day with a 3-for-5 performance and six RBI. Ryan Babineau went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.

Hector Estrella led the Trojans with a 3-for-5 day and three RBI while freshman shortstop Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-3 showing.

UCLA (18-16, 8-1 Pac-10) is now tied for first place in the conference with Arizona, which lost by a 6-3 count at Stanford. USC is 19-18 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-10 after losing its fifth straight game.

Brent Rustich threw 2 1/3 innings in relief to improve to 2-1 on the season. Rustich gave up three runs on two hits with three walks.

The Trojans took a 4-0 lead after the third before the Bruins answered with five runs in the middle innings. Babineau's two-run shot to right gave UCLA a 5-4 lead in the sixth before Darren Gemoll's pinch-hit RBI groundout tied the game at 5-5.

Both teams traded a run before the Bruins' big inning with most of the runs coming against freshman Robert Stock (2-1). Stock's walk to Brandon Crawford loaded the bases for Decker, who then faced reliever Hector Rabago. With a 3-1 count, Decker drilled the grand slam to center.

USC did not go quietly and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth with two outs and runners at first and second. Freshman pinch hitter Keith Castillo hit a long fly ball to center. UCLA center fielder Tim Murphy stumbled to the grass, but got up and made the catch to end the game.

The Trojans' next game will be Tuesday (April 17) at UC Irvine before a Pac-10 series on the road at Washington next weekend (April 20-22). All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

UCLA 000-122-151---12-15-2USC 211-001-112---9-12-1

WP - Rustich (2-1) LP - Stock (2-1)T - 3:52 ATT - 1,175Records: UCLA (18-16, 8-1), USC (19-18, 2-7)

Brooks, Novak (7), Lafferty (7), Rustich (7) and Babineau.Vasquez, Couture (4), Olsen (5), Stock (7), Rabago (8), Koss (9) and Bowden, Stock (8).

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