UCLA Defeats USC, 17-2, To Win Pac-10 Series
March 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Casey Haerther went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while Justin Uribe hit a grand slam Monday as the UCLA Bruins beat the USC Trojans, 17-2, to win the Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. UCLA led 15-0 at one point during the game after posting six runs in the third and seven runs in the fifth as USC tied a season high with six errors in the game.
Charles Brewer (1-2) lasted 6 1/3 innings for the Bruins (7-13, 2-1), allowing two runs on six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Cody Decker, Gabe Cohen and Niko Gallego also had two hits each on the evening.
UCLA tagged USC starter Kevin Couture and reliever Daniel Cooper with six runs each as Couture lasted just 2 1/3 innings (five hits, six runs, four earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts). Joe De Pinto and Kevin Roundtree had the lone RBI for the Trojans, who fell to 8-10 on the season and 1-2 in Pac-10 play.
The Trojans were forced to change their defensive lineup before the game due to a sprained ankle suffered by shortstop Grant Green during warm-ups. Green would leave the game in the second after striking out in his only at-bat.
In the bottom of the second, Hector Rabago singled and Ricky Oropesa walked to put runners at first and second against Brewer. Billy Pinkerton's sacrifice attempt failed as Brewer was able to throw to third for the out. Brewer then got Brandon Garcia to fly out and Mike O'Neill to ground out to keep the Trojans off the scoreboard before the Bruins countered with six in the top of the third. Haerther hit a three-run homer to left center, his fourth on the year, for a 3-0 lead. Cohen hit a two-run double down the left field line and a passed ball charged to Robert Stock scored the sixth run of the inning.
With runners at first and third in the fifth, Steve Rodriguez hit a long fly ball to center, but Trojan center fielder Anthony Vasquez slipped, allowing Decker to score from third. Gallego singled home Cohen and later scored on Rabago's throwing error. Uribe made it a 13-0 advantage with the grand slam to right off reliever Chris Mezger.
USC continues its 13-game homestand with a nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday (March 25) against Brown, starting at 3 p.m. with the second game scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. Both games will be broadcast via a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
UCLA 006-071-102---17-16-0USC 000-000-200---2-8-6
WP - Brewer (1-2) LP - Couture (3-2)T - 3:26 ATT - 405Records: UCLA (7-13, 2-1), USC (8-10, 1-2)
Brewer, Grace (7), Brooks (9) and Rodriguez.Couture, Cooper (3), Mezger (5), Douthit (7), Oropesa (8), Mount (9) and Stock, Roundtree (7).