With their backs against the wall Bruin baseball team pull off a huge win against the defending national champions:
The Bruins (25-22, 8-9 Pac-10) received home runs from shortstop Brandon Crawford, designated hitter Cody Decker and right fielder Raul Duran to power past the host Beavers (23-19, 10-10 Pac-10). Decker was 2-for-5 with a team-leading four RBI. Crawford was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and Duran belted his first career homer.
Brewer, a sophomore right-hander from Paradise Valley, Ariz., allowed four runs (two earned) and five hits in 7.1 innings of work. Junior right-hander Jason Novak registered his second save of the season, tossing 1.2 hitless innings in relief. Novak entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners aboard first and second base and induced an inning-ending double play from right fielder Daniel Robertson.
Eight Bruins each recorded at least one hit, and four players posted multi-hit efforts - Crawford, Decker, first baseman Casey Haerther and catcher Ryan Babineau. Crawford and Haerther each finished the day with two RBI.
A win in this game will be a huge boost for our team’s chances for the post season. Not to mention it will give everyone in the team a much needed moral boost after last weekend’s dispiriting series loss against ASU which was followed by the tough loss against USD.
Let’s hope the boys get it done today.