Cal Baseball Falls at No. 11 UCLA, 7-2
May 5, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - Both California and No. 11-ranked UCLA had four hits apiece, but three of the Bruins' four hits happened to be home runs as UCLA defeated the Golden Bears, 7-2, Saturday afternoon in a Pac-10 contest at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Golden Bears, dropped to 23-24 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 27-18 and 12-2 in conference play.
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Cody Decker hit a two-out, two-run homer to center field off of Cal junior right-hander Alex Rollin (7-4, 5.0 innings, three hits, five runs, six walks, four strikeouts). Decker again did two-out damage to the Bears, this time in the third inning when he hit a three-run homer to left field off of Rollin.
Down 5-0, Cal scored a run in the top of the seventh inning off of UCLA winning pitcher Tim Murphy (4-2, 7.0 innings, four hits, one run, three walks, nine strikeouts). With two outs, freshman right fielder Blake Smith hit a double to left-center field, and then scored on senior third baseman Brett Munster's RBI single to left.
The Bruins came back to give themselves a 7-1 cushion when Gabe Cohen hit a two-run homer off of Cal sophomore right-hander Dane Ferguson, who yielded just the one hit in 3.0 innings with a strikeout. The Bears tallied the days' final run when sophomore left fielder Ryan Hanlon had a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, scoring junior pinch-hitter Mike Van Winden, who had led-off the inning with a walk.
The Bears next play UCLA in the third game of the three-game Pac-10 series Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins had won Friday night's game, 13-6.
UCLA: Decker, two-run homer in the first inning. Decker, three-run homer in the third inning. Cohen, two-run homer in the eighth inning.