Another Beatdown of Trojans

Man, looks like I missed all the dramatics in South Central. For the first time this season I got to watch the UCLA baseball team on TV, and they promptly fell behind 0-4 after the first three innings. It looked like our starting pitcher Tim Murphy was really laboring out there. And it wasn't a lot of fun listening to two Trojies - McDonald and Jackson - blabbering on and on TV. Anyways, I didn't get to watch the game after second baseman Alden Carrithers hit a home run to cut the Trojan deficit to 1-4. Too bad for me I missed out on all the fun from a beatdown of Trojies:

Down to their last strike, the UCLA baseball team rallied behind clutch two-out hits from sophomores Brandon Crawford and Cody Decker in the top of the ninth to overcome a 6-4 deficit and defeat crosstown rival USC, 7-6, at Dedeaux Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins won the season series against the Trojans, extended their win streak against USC to four games and captured the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy.

With two outs and runners at second and third, Crawford lined an 0-and-2 base hit to left field, scoring sophomores Eddie Murray and Ryan Babineau to tie the score, 6-6. Crawford took second base on left fielder Lucas Duda's fielding error. Decker squirted a ground ball to the right side of the infield, bringing home Crawford from second to hand UCLA a 7-6 lead.

USC (19-17, 2-6 Pac-10) stranded runners at first and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth after Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich struck out USC shortstop Grant Green to record his team-leading sixth save. Left-hander Brendan Lafferty (3-0) threw 3.0 scoreless innings for UCLA (17-16, 7-1 Pac-10) and allowed just one hit while striking out one.

Decker finished 3-for-4 and second baseman Alden Carrithers hit 2-for-5. Each Bruin tallied one run, two RBI and one solo home run. Green posted a 3-for-5 effort at the plate to lead USC. Trojan right-hander Ryan Cook allowed four runs off eight hits through 6.2 innings, and right-hander Paul Koss (2-3) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs off three hits in the top of the ninth.
Exciting stuff. Obviously it couldn't happen on a more perfect weekend. This is the first time UCLA baseball has won a series in South Central since 1999. And per UCLA's historical records, the Bruins have never began their conference slate with a 7-1 or better mark after their first eight games (since 1967).

Rye was at the game. He took some pictures. He will try to post them and give us a recap later tonight or tomorrow am. Bruins go for the sweep this afternoon at 1 pm.

The pressure will be on the Trojies to avoid the humiliation of a Bruin sweep. It doesn't matter on our end. We now official own those clowns from Southern Cal in all sports.

BTW I can't help but note how great coaching (John Savage) has made a tangible different in yet another key UCLA athletics program elevating it to a different level in less than three years. Dorrell are you paying attention?

GO BRUINS.
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