Bruins Sweep Dawgs With 6-3 Win

April 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES - UCLA used a four-run seventh inning to break open a tight game and completed a three-game sweep with a 6-3 win over the Washington baseball team Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Bruins, who won 4-2 on Friday and 13-0 Saturday, improved their record to 17-19 overall and 9-6 in Pac-10 play while the Huskies dropped to 14-22 overall and 4-8 in league play.

Bruins reliever Rob Rasmussen (3-2) came on in the seventh and picked up the win as UCLA took the lead back for good in the bottom of the seventh. Gavin Brooks recorded the final four outs to pick up his fifth save of the season.

UW freshman starter Andrew Kittredge (1-3), who had allowed only three hits through the first six innings, suffered the loss, having allowed the go-ahead run to come across in the seventh.

UCLA scored the game's opening run in the bottom of the third. The inning began with Kittredge hitting each of the first three batters with a pitch, loading the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, Cody Decker drove in a run with a flyout to center. A foul popout ended the inning with the Bruins in front, 1-0.

Washington came back in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 1-1 as Doug Cherry singled and eventually came around on a two-out single from catcher Brett Wilcox.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins got the lead back. After back-to-back singles from Decker and pinch hitter Marc Navarro put runners at the corners, a double-play groundout from Gino Aielli pushed a run across, giving UCLA a 2-1 edge.

Again, the Huskies answered in their next at bat in the seventh as freshman Caleb Brown belted a one-out triple and scored from third on a passed ball, knotting the score at 2-2.

However, in the bottom of seventh, Niko Gallego doubled off the wall in right and then scored on an Eddie Murray single, putting UCLA back on top, 3-2. Brian Pearl replaced Kittredge and, after walking the first batter he faced, gave up a three-run homer to Blair Dunlap, making it a 6-2 game.

Washington got one run back in the eighth when first baseman Troy Scott hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season.

The Huskies, who had struggled at the plate, collecting only three hits in the first two games of the series, out-hit the Bruins 10-9 on Sunday as all nine Husky starters had at least one hit. Brown led the way with a pair.

The UW returns to Husky Ballpark for a game vs. Portland Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Next weekend, the Huskies travel to Eugene for a three-game series with Oregon. Live video of the Portland game will be available at gohuskies.com while all three Oregon games will air on KKNW AM-1150. Additionally, the Saturday and Sunday games against the Ducks will air live on Comcast SportsNet television.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameUCLA 6, Washington 3Washington    000 100 110 -- 3 10 2UCLA          001 001 40x -- 6  9 0Andrew Kittredge, Brian Pearl (7), Seth Haehl (7) andBrett Wilcox. Charles Brewer, Rob Rasmussen (7), GavinBrooks (8) and Gino Aielli. W - Rasmussen (3-2). L -Kittredge (1-3). Sv - Brooks (5). 2B - UW, Andy Bethel,Justin Gunn; UCLA, Niko Gallego, Cody Decker, Eddie Murray.3B - UW, Caleb Brown. HR - UW, Troy Scott (4); UCLA, BlairDunlap (5). T - 2:54. A - 763.
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