UCLA Cruises Past Cal State Northridge, 22-2, in Resumed Game
April 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team concluded its previously-suspended game against Cal State Northridge this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium, defeating the Matadors, 22-2. Both teams played the first seven and one half innings at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 26 before the game was suspended due to darkness.
Jermaine Curtis, Brandon Crawford and Justin Uribe each tallied three hits in the non-conference win. Alden Carrithers, Brady Dolan and Casey Haerther each recorded two hits. Dolan went 2-for-3 with a game-high and career-best five RBI. Curtis went 3-for-3 with three walks and one hit-by-pitch - the Bruins' third baseman reached base safely in each of seven plate appearances.
Uribe finished the game going 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI before the game was suspended on Feb. 26. Crawford was 3-for-6 with four RBI, and Casey Haerther went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.
UCLA crossed the plate at least once in each of the first eight innings, scoring more runs than any Bruin team since May 25, 1997, when the Bruins defeated Oklahoma State, 22-2, in an NCAA Regional Final. In the resumed game this afternoon, UCLA's offense featured 21 hits, 11 walks and 34 total bases.
Dolan, Cohen and Mickey Weisser each connected for home runs. Weisser's solo homer in the top of the seventh marked his first round-tripper at UCLA. Dolan cashed in with five RBI - two off a second-inning double that handed UCLA a 3-0 lead, and three from his home run to right field in the third inning.
Left-hander Matt Drummond earned the win, allowing two runs and three hits in five innings. Right-hander Charles Brewer pitched two perfect innings in relief. Cal State Northridge right-hander Drew Muren was tagged with the loss in his collegiate debut, allowing five runs (two earned) and four hits in 2.1 innings.
UCLA led the entire way, scoring once in the first inning and four times in the second frame. Following's Dolan's second-inning double, UCLA plated two more runs on a single by shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Leading 5-0, the Matadors cut into UCLA's lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the second by third baseman Matt Warr. UCLA added five runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and two in the fifth. Cohen's two run homer to straight-away center field in the top of the fifth handed the Bruins a commanding 16-1 lead.
Cal State Northridge added their second run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a fielder's choice. The Bruins added four more runs in the sixth and one in each of the seventh and eighth innings to assume a 22-2 lead.
Game Notes: Freshman outfielder Brett Krill made his collegiate debut, pinch-hitting for Cody Decker in the sixth inning - Krill reached base with an infield hit in the top of the sixth ...freshman infielder Niko Gallego collected his first two at-bats at UCLA...Raul Duran's infield single marked his first collegiate hit...the No. 5 through No. 9 slots in UCLA's lineup scored 16 of the team's 22 runs.