Despite having missed the past six games with a hip injury, C Ryan Banineau came off the bench with a clutch pinch hit double Saturday afternoon. The junior's drive down the left field line brought in two runs and broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. RHP Dan Klein gave up a run in the eighth to allow the Gaels to within one, but closed out St. Mary's in the ninth as the Bruins won 7-6. Klein allowed one run and struck out four in three innings to pick up the win for the Bruins.
LHP Gavin Brooks struggled with his control in the first inning, walking two and allowing St. Mary's to load the bases with nobody out. He struck out the next two batters and looked like he would get out of the inning, however the next batter doubled to bring in all three base runners and the Bruins were down 3-0 early.
UCLA would make it 3-2 in the third inning when a single by 1B Casey Haerther scored 3B Jermaine Curtis from second and CF Justin Uribe doubled in 2B Alden Carrithers. One inning later, UCLA would tie the game when Haerther came though with another RBI. This time, he capped a two out rally when he singled up the middle to drive home Curtis again.
A two run home run to right by CF Kenny Fuglerud gave the Gaels a 5-3 lead, but the would not score again. Carrithers began the UCLA comeback when he capitalized on a error to make it 5-4. Carrithers singled to right stole second and was able to score when he stole third base and the attempt to throw him out sailed into left field. In the eight inning, SS Brandon Crawford made it 5-5 with an RBI single before Babineau's two run double gave UCLA the lead for good.
Carrithers continued to shine for the Bruins, going 2-3 with two walks and two runs. The senior second baseman has now reached base in eight of his last ten plate appearances. Curtis had a good game, going 2-5 with two runs while Haerther notched two RBI for the second consecutive game with his 2-5 game. In only his second start of the season, Brooks battled his blister as he lacked command of his offspeed pitchers. He went four innings, allowed three runs and walked five before giving way to RHP Charles Brewer, who gave up two runs in as many innings.
UCLA and St. Mary's will conclude their three game series on Sunday at 1 pm PST when UCLA's LHP Matt Drummond (0-0, 3.68 ERA) and St. Mary's RHP Scott Schneider (2-0, 1.38 ERA) square off. 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.