Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
The third ranked Bruins took to the field before a national TV audience and LHP Tim Murphy made sure the nation got a show. Murphy, a junior, dazzled the country with a complete game shutout and struck out 10 to lead UCLA to a 2-0 win over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. Murphy did not walk a Wildcat batter all game as he shut down the Bethune-Cookman offense with a low 90's fastball and nasty curveball that Wildcat batters couldn't touch all night. The last time a Bruin threw a complete game shutout was over 2 years ago when Hector Ambriz shutdown the Pacific Tigers over 9 innings.
Murphy was also backed by a superb defense, which turned three double plays, caught a runner stealing and did not commit an error. With their win tonight and win Friday night versus Southern, the Bruins improved to 2-0 in the Urban Invitational and will win the tournament with a win over USC tomorrow at Dedeaux Field.
The game was a pitcher's duel and Bethune-Cookman's starter Gio Guathier nearly matched Murphy, striking out 7 and giving up only 1 run in 7 innings. The two teams combined for a mere 11 hits and the first run didn't cross the plate until RF Gabe Cohen hit a solo home run in the 7th inning. On a 3-2 count, Gauthier made his first mistake of the game when he left a fastball up and over the plate, which Cohen stroked over the fence in left center to put the Bruins up a run. The Bruins gave themselves an extra run of cushion in the 9th inning when 1B Casey Haerther grounded out, allowing SS Brandon Crawford to score from third.
3B Jermaine Curtis extended his slump, going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and left 2 men on 3rd base for the night, but others continued to shine at the plate. LF Brady Dolan kept on hitting, going 2-4 tonight as he continues his campaign to ensure himself a spot in the everyday lineup.
Tomorrow's game versus USC will be on the USC campus at Dedeaux Field and will see USC send ace Brad Boxberger to the hill, while UCLA sends LHP Matthew Drummond to the bump. If you are going to the game Sunday, make sure to check the LA Marathon street closures. If you can't make it to the games, you can listen to it or follow it on GameTracker via the official site.