UCLA Tops UC Irvine In Home Finale, 10-1

May 23, 2006

Los Angeles - The UCLA baseball team cruised to a 10-1 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night in the final home game of the season for the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win improves UCLA to 31-22 overall and drops UC Irvine to 34-21, as the Bruins sweep the home-and-home season series from the Anteaters.

In the final game of their careers at Jackie Robinson Stadium, senior Sean Smith hit a three-run home run, senior Chris Jensen celebrated his birthday with a 2-for-4 performance with a RBI double, and senior Brett McMillan went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Freshman Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, and junior Tim Stewart finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.

Junior LHP Brain Schroeder (4-2) earned the win tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts.

UCLA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Crawford led off with a single to left, and Jensen scored him from first with a double to left center.

UC Irvine tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by Cody Cipriano to lead off the inning.

The Bruins went up 3-1 in the fifth inning on a two-run home run to right by Crawford with two outs.

UCLA ran away with the game in the sixth inning with a four spot to take a commanding 7-1 lead over UCI. Smith nailed a three-run home run to left field to give the Bruins a 6-1 advantage. Senior Anthony Norman then singled, stole second base, and scored from second on a wild pitch that rolled around the back stop to put UCLA up 8-1.

The Bruins took advantage of some free passes to score three runs in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Smith was hit by a pitch to score Jensen from third, and Norman followed with a walk to score McMillan. Junior Hector Ambriz would come around to score from third as senior Josh Roenicke hit into a 5-3 double play.

Seniors Scott Botterman and Garett White took the mound one last time at Jackie Robinson Stadium and combined to throw a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win for the Bruins.

UCLA will finish the season with a 19-12 record at home as the Bruins have won 16 of their last 22 games at JRS. The Bruins have now scored eight-or-more runs in six of the last seven games, and have recorded 11-or-more hits in seven of their last eight games.

UCLA next travels to Corvallis, Ore., to play No. 5 Oregon State in a three-game series with a shot at a share of the Pac-10 Conference Title beginning Friday, May 26.

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