UCLA 4, #13 Washington 3

Ryan McCarthy hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot with two outs in the eighth inning, to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory over the 13th ranked Huskies in the finale of a three game series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the loss in their final Pac-10 game of the season, the Huskies dropped to 15-9 in the conference and 34-18-1. They fell a half game behind top ranked Stanford (14-7) for first place in the Pac-10, as the Cardinal regained the top spot with an 8-2 home victory over USC.

After striking out Preston Griffin looking and getting Billy Susdorf to fly out to center, reliever Trent Baysinger went to a 3-2 count on McCarthy before he drove the next pitch well beyond the center field wall for his 12th homer of the season.

Earlier in the game McCarthy put the Bruins up 2-0 in the third against Husky starter Matt Kasser when he hit his 11th long ball of the season, a solo shot, into the trees beyond the left field wall.

The Bruins got on the board first with a run in the top of the second as Matt Thayer led off with a single, moved to second on a ground out by Mike Svetlic, took third on a wild pitch, and scored when Jarrad Page bounced into a fielder's choice.

Washington scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the third to cut the UCLA lead to 2-1. Taylor Johnson got hit on a two strike pitch from Bruin starter Wes Whisler, and after Brent Lillibridge lined a single to left center, scored on a single into center by Greg Isaacson. On the base hit, Lillibridge advanced to third, giving the Huskies runners at first and third, but they could not capitalize as Whisler retired Aaron Hathaway on a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Huskies threatened again in the fourth when Zach Clem reached on a ground rule double with one out and advanced to third on a fly out to center by John Otness. Whisler got out of the inning without any damage when Nick Batkoski lined out to center.

UCLA regained a two run advantage at 3-1 in the fifth when Brandon Averill led off with his eighth home run of the season.

The Huskies took advantage of an extra out to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Whisler struck out Lillibridge for the apparent third out of the inning, but the pitch bounced away from catcher Chris Denove, allowing Lillibridge to reach safely, and he scored when Isaacson blooped a double into shallow left field.

Then the Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Clem walked, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a base hit to left by Ben Johnson. Johnson had a terrific at-bat, fouling off four pitches on an 0-2 count before delivering the game tying single.

The Huskies got runners on against Bruin reliever Adam Simon in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth, but could not score. In the eighth, Clem led off with a walk and got sacrificed to second by Otness. Simon then struck out Batkoski looking on three pitches and retired Johnson on a pop up to third base. Then in the ninth, after Taylor Johnson struck out looking, Lillibridge reached on an infield single. Isaacson flied out to left for the second out, and with Hathaway at the plate, Lillibridge got caught stealing to end the game.

On the mound, both starters pitched well but came away with no-decisions. For the Huskies, Kasser went seven, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. His counterpart Whisler went six for the Bruins, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Simon got the win with three innings of two hit relief to earn the victory and improve to 2-3, while Baysinger suffered the loss to drop to 3-4.

The Huskies finish the season with a non-conference three game series against UC-Irvine at Husky Ballpark from Friday, May 28 to Sunday, May 30. They then await word on probable postseason play on Monday, May 31, when ESPN2 announces the field for the 64 team tournament at 9 a.m.

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