No. 9 UCLA Baseball Loses to No. 5 UC Irvine, 7-4, in Houston

March 1, 2009

Box Score

HOUSTON - The No. 9 UCLA baseball team dropped a 7-4 decision to No. 5 UC Irvine in both teams' final contest of the weekend's Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. First baseman Casey Haerther recorded his sixth multiple-hit game of the year, going 4-for-5, while extending his career-long hitting streak to 19 games.

Senior Gino Aielli went 3-for-3 in his first career start as UCLA's catcher. Left fielder Justin Uribe and designated hitter Cody Decker were the other two Bruins to register multiple-hit efforts.

UC Irvine right-hander Eric Pettis (1-0) earned his first win of the season, limiting the Bruins (2-6) to two runs and seven hits in four innings of relief. Pettis recorded two strikeouts and did not issue any walks.

UCLA right-hander Charles Brewer (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs (two earned) and five hits in four innings. Brewer recorded four strikeouts and issued one walk.

UC Irvine led from the third inning on, assuming a 1-0 advantage on an RBI-double by left fielder Ryan fisher in the bottom half of the frame. The Anteaters plated three runs in the fifth to lead 4-0, scoring two runs on a double to the left-center field gap by shortstop Ben Orloff, who advanced to third on an errant relay throw home by shortstop Niko Gallego. Fisher followed with a single off the leg of pitcher Brendan Lafferty to score Orloff.

UCLA reduced its deficit to 4-2 with a two-run sixth inning. With runners at first and second, designated hitter Cody Decker singled up the middle to score Justin Uribe and Casey Haerther, who extended his career-long hitting streak to 19 games with a base-hit in the fourth inning.

UC Irvine took advantage of two errors, three hit batters and one wild pitch, all with two outs, to score three runs in the sixth and increase its margin to 7-2.

The Bruins added two runs in the ninth inning, pushing the score to 7-4, with a two-run home run to right field by Uribe. Uribe's homer brought home Brett Krill, who reached base with a one-out pinch-hit single.

UCLA returns home to Jackie Robinson Stadium to face No. 17 Pepperdine on Tuesday, March 3. Game time against the Waves is slated for 6 p.m. Admission to Tuesday's game costs two dollars for adults and children, as part of the Bruins continuing 'Two-Dollar Tuesday' promotion.

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