UCLA Wins First Game Of Series, 14-4
March 21, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Casey Haerther went 2-for-6 with a grand slam while Blair Dunlap went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Saturday as the UCLA Bruins defeated the host USC Trojans, 14-4, in the Pac-10 Conference series opener for both teams. Haerther's grand slam capped an eight-run ninth inning for the Bruins.
Freshman Gerrit Cole (2-2) got the win for UCLA (6-12, 1-0) with five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Trevor Bauer earned his second save of the year with four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Junior right-hander Brad Boxberger (2-2) took the loss for USC (7-9, 0-1), giving up six runs (three earned) on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Boxberger walked eight batters and struck out five.
Dunlap led off the game with a double to center and scored when Eddie Murray laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt on the third base side. Boxberger fielded the ball, but threw the ball away to score Dunlap from second. Murray later scored on Justin Uribe's RBI single for a 2-0 lead. USC got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Grant Green hit his 16th career triple and scored on an RBI single from Robert Stock.
Both teams scored a run in the second as USC freshman Ricky Oropesa hit his second home run of the season with an opposite-field shot to left off Cole.
With the 3-2 lead heading into the sixth, the Bruins took advantage of Boxberger's control issues. Boxberger walked three to load the bases and then walked Murray on a full count pitch to bring home a run. Haerther then hit a ground ball that third baseman Hector Rabago could not handle to score two more runs and give UCLA the 6-2 lead.
The Bruins were able to load the bases again in the ninth after three runs had already crossed the plate. Murray drew a bases-loaded walk again from reliever Ryan Cabral before Haerther blasted his round tripper to center to complete the scoring.
The series continues with a 2 p.m. start and a 6 p.m. start for Monday's finale. Both games will be broadcast live by video webcast on usctrojans.com.
UCLA 210-003-008---14-11-4USC 110-000-002---4-10-3
WP - Cole (2-2) LP - Boxberger (2-2) S - Bauer (2)T - 3:22 ATT - 842Records: UCLA (6-12, 1-0), USC (7-9, 0-1)
Cole, Bauer (6) and Rodriguez.Boxberger, Cooper (6), Grijalva (9), Cabral (9) and Stock.