The Bruin bats came alive and they got another phenomenal performance from LHP Tim Murphy as UCLA defeated St. Mary's 14-0 Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA tallied 14 hits and four extra base hits, while Murphy held the Gaels to a single hit in his seven innings of work. In addition to his scoreless, one hit seven innings of work, Murphy added 11 strikeouts to his night's stat line.
The Bruins kicked off the scoring in the first inning when 1B Casey Haerther singled up the middle, allowing 2B Alden Carrithers and 3B Jermaine Curtis to score. Later in the inning, Haerther came around to score on a St. Mary's error as the Bruins took a 3-0 lead. St. Mary's RHP Brandon Berl managed to put zeros on the board the next three innings, but in the fifth inning UCLA added to their lead.
Following consecutive singles by Carrithers and Haerther, Haerther stole second and Carrithers came home on the throw dow to 2nd. A walk by DH Cody Decker and bunt single by CF Justin Uribe loaded the bases for the Bruins as RF Gabe Cohen came to the plate. Despite being mired in a terrible slump to start the season, Cohen game through, stroking a two RBI double to right field and making the score 6-0 Bruins. A passed ball two batters later allowed Uribe to score and extend the lead by a run as UCLA held a 7-0 lead after five innings.
In the sixth innings, Cohen came through again for the Bruins. He came to the plate with the bases loaded again and he went to right field again, but this time for a triple that plated three and stretched the lead to 10-0. Not content with their lead, UCLA added four more runs in the eight inning. SS Brandon Crawford picked up a two RBI double to make it 12-0 and pinch hitter Raul Duran reached on an error, allowing Crawford to score and make it 13-0. UCLA got their final run when pinch hitter Niko Gallego got his first career RBI on a single to left.
Cohen was the leader at the plate for the Bruins, going 2-4 with six RBI. Carrithers continued to his strong production at the plate, going 4-5 with three runs scored. Haerther found two to be his favorite number of the night, totaling two hits, two runs, two RBI and two stoled bases.
UCLA will next take to the field Saturday at 2 pm PST when UCLA's LHP Gavin Brooks (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and St. Mary's RHP Brian Justice (1-0, 1.42 ERA) square off. For those of you going to the basketball game versus Cal, you can hop over to JRS after the game and receive free admission just by showing your basketball ticket. Tickets for the season are $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for Wooden Club members. If you can't make it out to the game, you can listen to it or follow it on GameTracker via the official site.