UCLA Defeats Cougar Baseball
May 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning and went on to post a 2-1 victory over Washington State in Pacific-10 baseball at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Sunday.
With the win, the Bruins (29-23, 11-10 Pac-10) completed a three-game sweep of the Cougars (28-25, 6-15 Pac-10). With one out in the fifth, Gabe Cohen reached on an error by WSU third baseman Matt Argyropoulos and Tim Murphy was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. After Chad Arnold (2-6) struck out Jermaine Curtis, Brent Dean and Alden Carrithers delivered back-to-back RBI-singles to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the top of the ninth when Paul Gran hit a two-out solo home run, his 11th of the season. After Jim Murphy walked for the fourth time in the game to tie a WSU record, Jared Prince walked to put runners at first and second. Jason Novak came back to retire Alex Burg on a fly ball to left field to end the game and notch his third save of the season.
'You have to tip your cap to the Bruins,' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'They got two-out hits and we didn't. We had our opportunities and didn't take advantage of them.'
The Cougars received seven walks from UCLA starter Gavin Brooks (6-2) in five and two-thirds innings, but did not score off the southpaw due in part to a 2-for-18 day at the plate with men on base.
Arnold kept WSU in the game with his best outing as a Cougar. The redshirt-freshman went six innings, gave up six hits and struck out a season/career-high seven. Both runs charged to the right-hander were unearned.
The Cougars conclude their season with a three-game series against USC in Pullman that begins, Friday at 5:30 p.m.