No. 11 UCLA Baseball Cruises Past Pepperdine, 11-3
March 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team used a 14-hit attack, including three home runs, to defeat Pepperdine, 11-3, Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Designated hitter Cody Decker led the Bruins (8-4) at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, two runs and two RBI against the visiting Waves (10-4).
Shortstop Brandon Crawford hit 3-for-5, collecting three singles, one run and one RBI. Second baseman Alden Carrithers continued his torrid hitting, posting a 2-for-5 effort with one homer, one triple, one run and two RBI. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis finished 2-for-3 with one double, one run, one RBI and two walks.
Bruin left-hander Justin Uribe (2-0) limited Pepperdine to three hits in five scoreless innings. Uribe recorded two strikeouts and walked three in his first collegiate start (fourth career appearance). Right-hander Charles Brewer recorded five strikeouts in four innings of relief to record his first collegiate save.
Pepperdine left-hander Matt Bywater (2-1) absorbed the loss, allowing five runs and seven hits in four innings. Bywater registered one strikeout and issued two walks in his third start of the year.
The Bruins claimed a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. First baseman Casey Haerther led off the frame with a walk and scored from second on a single through the right side by Crawford. After catcher Ryan Babineau drew a walk, center fielder Blair Dunlap knocked home both Crawford and catcher Ryan Babineau with a double to left field, handing UCLA a 3-0 advantage.
Left fielder Brady Dolan's base-hit to left field scored Dunlap. Dolan stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Pepperdine right-hander Keven Inman before scoring on a single down the left-field line by Curtis.
Decker's two-run blast to left field in the bottom of the fifth extended the Bruins' advantage to 7-0. UCLA added another run in the seventh, as Babineau lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Decker from third base.
The Waves scored three runs in the eighth inning, cutting UCLA's advantage to 8-3. Third baseman Bryce Mendonca led off with a bunt single, stole second base, and scored on a double to left-center field by left fielder Eric Thames. Catcher Trent Diedrich's sacrifice fly to right field scored shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, who reached on a walk. A single to center plated Thames from second base.
UCLA answered with a three-run eighth. Carrithers delivered his first home run of the season, the third of his career - a two-run shot to center field, scoring Curtis. Three hitters later, right fielder Gabe Cohen lined an 0-and-2 count pitch over the left field fence, his third round-tripper of the season.
The win marked UCLA's fourth consecutive victory against Pepperdine. Last season, the Bruins won both regular-season contests and defeated Pepperdine, 7-3, in the opening game of the Long Beach Regional.
The Bruins play a three-game non-conference series at Cal Poly (6-6) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., beginning Thursday, March 13. First pitch on Thursday and Friday is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Making his first career start on the mound, Justin Uribe earned the victory - his second in as many appearances this season...Casey Haerther drew a career-high three walks and tied his season and career-highs with two runs...UCLA swatted two home runs in the eighth inning Tuesday evening (Alden Carrithers and Gabe Cohen), marking the Bruins' first two-homer inning since March 5, 2006 when Sean Smith, Chris Jensen and Hector Ambriz belted three round-trippers in the top of the third inning of a 13-2 series-sweeping win at N.C. State.