UCLA Baseball Rallies Late to Defeat Washington, 4-3
April 27, 2008
SEATTLE - Left-hander Gavin Brooks (5-2) limited Washington to three runs (two earned) and seven hits in seven innings, and southpaw Brendan Lafferty pitched two scoreless innings of relief to notch his second save as the UCLA baseball team edged the host Huskies, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Brooks recorded eight strikeouts and issued five walks against Washington (25-16, 5-7 Pac-10), earning his fifth victory of the season - his fourth consecutive win, all in Sunday afternoon starts. Lafferty recorded four strikeouts without allowing any hits or walks.
The victory allowed UCLA to rebound from Friday evening's 5-2 loss and take the series against Washington, two games to one. The Bruins downed the Huskies, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Washington left-hander Nick Haughian (4-4) absorbed the loss, despite limiting UCLA (22-17, 6-6 Pac-10) to four runs (two earned) and seven hits in nine innings. Haughian registered eight strikeouts and issued two walks.
First baseman Casey Haerther continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high two RBI. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-3 with a team-best two runs. UCLA also received one hit from left fielder Alden Carrithers, right fielder Mickey Weisser and second baseman Niko Gallego.
The Huskies were led offensively by left fielder Aaron Russell, who was 2-for-5. Catcher Joey Dunn and center fielder Sean Meehan each recorded one RBI for Washington.
Trailing 3-1 after seven innings, the Bruins scored three runs in the eighth to lead, 4-3. Carrithers led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a pass ball before Curtis reached on an infield single. Shortstop Brandon Crawford lined a grounder up the middle and was safe at first on a fielding error by shortstop Doug Cherry, allowing Carrithers to score. A single through the left side by Haerther plated Curtis, tying the ballgame, 3-3. After stealing third base, Crawford scored on a sacrifice bunt up the first-base line by Weisser to hand the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
UCLA took the game's first lead, scoring one run in the top of the first. Curtis drew a one-out walk and stole second base, before Haerther drove home the baserunner with a single up the middle.
Washington claimed a 2-1 lead with two outs in the fourth. With runners aboard first and second, catcher Joey Dunn singled through the left side, allowing designated hitter Ty Rasmussen to score from second. The throw home bounced past home plate, rebounding off a sliding Rasmussen and allowing first baseman Troy Scott to score.
The Huskies scored another run in the bottom of the fifth. Meehan lined a ball off Brooks' foot and the ball deflected behind the mound, sending home second baseman Bradley Boyer from third with two outs.
The Bruins return to action at Pepperdine on Tuesday, April 29. Game time at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif., is slated for 3 p.m. In a non-conference contest recently added to the schedule, UCLA will host Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, April 30, at 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Casey Haerther extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games, the longest such streak by a Bruin since Gabe Cohen hit safely in 12 contests during the 2007 season...Gavin Brooks struck out the side in a scoreless second inning, as the Huskies stranded the bases loaded.