UCLA Baseball Edged at Oregon State, 8-7, in Series Finale
May 11, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The UCLA baseball team lost an 8-7 decision at Oregon State on Sunday before 2,132 fans at Goss Stadium. A two-out grand slam by Beaver first baseman Ryan Ortiz in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted host Oregon State (24-19, 11-10 Pac-10) to a Pac-10 series victory over the Bruins (25-23, 8-10 Pac-10).
The Beavers' eighth-inning rally began with pinch-hitter John Wallace recording a base-hit to right field and pinch-hitter Jordan Lennerton drawing a five-pitch walk. Following a sacrifice bunt, moving runners to second and third, right fielder Daniel Robertson was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Bruin shortstop Brandon Crawford (1-2) stepped to the mound and induced a foul pop up before Ortiz unloaded a 0-and-1 count pitch over the left-center field fence.
Oregon State's Taylor Starr (3-1) earned the victory, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings of relief in the eighth inning. Kevin Rhoderick registered his team-leading 11th save, pitching a hitless ninth inning.
Both teams traded leads early in the game, but UCLA managed to capture a 6-2 lead in the fourth inning and hold a 7-4 lead through the seventh inning. Designated hitter Cody Decker led UCLA at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, two runs and two RBI.
The Beavers took the game's first lead, scoring two runs in the second inning. Following back-to-back walks to open the frame, left fielder Braden Wells lifted as sacrifice fly to center field, sending home second baseman Lonnie Lechelt. A single to right by shortstop Joey Wong plated third baseman Joey Wong.
The Bruins' first five batters reached base in the top of the fourth, as UCLA captured a 6-2 lead. Second baseman Alden Carrithers led off with a single through the left side, moved to second on a balk and took third on a wild pitch. First baseman Casey Haerther followed with a run-scoring single to left. Crawford belted a base-hit up the middle and took second base on a fielding error by center fielder Chris Hopkins, allowing Haerther to score from first base.
The inning continued for UCLA as Decker crushed his second homer in as many days, a two-run shot to left field, handing UCLA a 5-2 advantage. Right fielder Mickey Weisser drew a walk, took second base on a wild pitch and scored on a single past the first base bag by catcher Ryan Babineau.
Oregon State reduced the Bruins' lead to 6-4, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth. Following a lead-off single by Wells and a pass ball, Wong lined an RBI-single to center field. After Hopkins reached second base on a fielder's choice, Ortiz clubbed a run-scoring double to center.
UCLA added to its margin, scoring one run in the top of the sixth. Decker laced a one-out double inside the third-base bag and down the line before scoring on a double to right field by Weisser.
The Bruins return to action at No. 13 UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 13. Game time at Anteater Ballpark is 6 p.m.
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