After dropping the series opener, UCLA bounced back to beat Oregon yesterday and were able to defeat the Ducks 8-1 today in Eugene, OR to capture the series. Charles Brewer earned his third win of the season for the Bruins with six innings of work in which he allowed only one run and six hits.
With Brewer cruising, Gabe Cohen came to the plate to leadoff the third and promptly hit the second pitch he saw out to left center. It was Cohen's third home run of the season and it gave UCLA a 1-0 lead.
Cohen got the offense going again in the fifth when he hit a one out single to left and was picked up by Niko Gallego, who hit a 2-2 pitch into the right center gap. The hit was good for a double and allowed Cohen to score all the way from first.
Oregon got that run back in the bottom half of of the inning and threated for more, but Brewer got some help from his defense. After a ground-rule double cut the UCLA lead to 2-1, the Ducks still had runners on second and third with only one out. Gino Aielli was able to scoop up a grounder to him at third though and get the runner on third into a rundown before recording the out. A simple grounder to short then was all it took for Brewer to get out of the fifth, still leading 2-1.
The Bruins put the nail in the Ducks' coffin in the seventh, even if they didn't do much hitting. A pair of walks had runners on first and second for the Bruins with one out. Steve Rodriguez reached on an infield single to load the bases and Eddie Murray got a squeeze down to score a run. Now up 3-1, pinch-hitter Chris Giovinazzo walked to load the bases again and Casey Haerther was hit by a pitch to force a run in. Then, Cody Decker was walked to make it 5-1 and the bases were still loaded. A pair of wild pitches scored two runs and Blair Dunlap brought a close to the scoring with a single to make it 8-1.
The pair of Bruins who followed Brewer were a little shaky as Jason Novak and Rob Rasmussen combined to throw one inning, allowing a combined one hit and four walks. Neither allowed a run though before turning the ball over to Matt Grace who retired the six batters he faced in order to finish out the game.
UCLA's corner outfielders led the way at the plate as Cohen went 2-3 with a homer, two runs and a RBI, while Justin Uribe was also 2-3
The Bruins are now 22-22 on the year, which has them at .500 for the first time since the season's fourth game. They are 13-8 in Pac-10 play and thanks to Stanford's series win at Washington St., UCLA is now second place in the conference.
The Bruins will look to get back over the .500 mark on Tuesday when they return home for a game versus a 9-30 Cal St. Bakrsfield club. First pitch is at 6:00 pm and admission is only $2. As always, you can follow along with the Bruins on GameTracker via the official site. You can also get game updates, Bruins in the pros updates, updates on UCLA commits, thoughts on the program, key information and regional updates on my UCLA baseball twitter.
Pac 10 Standings
1) Arizona St..........16-5
2) UCLA................ 13-8
3) Washington St...11-7
6) Southern Cal....10-11