The Bruins evened the three game series at a win apiece and improved to 5-6 in the Pac-10 and 21-17 overall while the Huskies dropped to 5-6 in conference and 25-15.
Cam Nobles, the Husky starter, shut out the
Bruins on only one hit through five innings but then
got into trouble with two outs in the sixth. Jermaine
Curtis walked and Brandon Crawford lined a single into
right field before Haerther stepped up to the plate
and launched a towering fly ball on the first pitch
from Nobles well over the scoreboard in left field for
his seventh home run of the season and a 3-0 Bruin
lead. The next batter, Mickey Weisser, lined a double
to right field and scored on a throwing error by
shortstop Doug Cherry on a grounder by Tim Murphy.
The Huskies got their only run in the bottom of
the seventh to make the score 4-1. With one out Andy
Lentz lined a double over the head of center fielder
Chris Giovinazzo and scored on a single into center by
Cherry. Pinch hitter Julien Pollard followed with
another single to give the Huskies runners at first
and second. At that point the Husky rally fizzled as
the next batter, Ty Rasmussen struck out into a double
The Bruins broke the game open and made it 7-1
with three runs in the top of the eighth. Haerther
lined his second double of the game into right center
field, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Geoff
Brown, and scored on a single by Weisser. Murphy then
sacrificed pinch runner Raul Duran to second but
catcher Brett Wilcox threw the ball away after
fielding the bunt, allowing Duran to take third.
Brent Dean then drove in Duran with a sacrifice fly to
right field, but in attempting to get Duran at home,
first baseman Troy Scott threw the ball past Wilcox,
allowing Murphy to move to second and he eventually
scored on a single to center by Niko Gallego.
UCLA completed the scoring in the ninth. With
one out Brandon Crawford walked, moved to second on a
wild pitch by Tyler Cheney, took third on another wild
pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by
On the mound, Nobles suffered the loss for the
Huskies to drop to 3-3. He gave up four runs, three
earned, on five hits and two walks in six and one
third innings. He struck out four. For UCLA Charles
Brewer got the win to improve to 5-4. He gave up the
one run on five hits and two walks in six and a third
innings. He struck out six. Matt Drummond pitched two
and two thirds innings for UCLA to earn his second
save of the season. He gave up one hit and three walks
while striking out three.
The Huskies and Bruins return to Husky Ballpark
for the finale of the three game series on Sunday
afternoon at 1 p.m. In a matchup of left handers Nick
Haughian will start for the Huskies and Gavin Brooks
for the Bruins.
UCLA 8, UW 1
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