April 26, 2008
SEATTLE - UCLA first baseman Casey Haerther went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a three-run homer and starter Charles Brewer limited the Washington baseball team to one run over six and one-third innings as the Bruins beat the Huskies, 8-1, Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
A crowd of 1,743 on a sunny day watched as the Bruins (21-17 overall, 5-6 in the Pac-10) drew even in the three-game series with the UW (25-15 overall, 5-6 in the Pac-10). The Huskies won the opener, 5-2, on Friday.
UW starter Cam Nobles (3-3) suffered the loss despite holding the Bruins to only one hit through the first five and two-thirds innings. He finished having surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits over six and one-third.
Brewer, a sophomore right-hander, improved to 5-4 with the win. He gave up one run on five hits while striking out six over six and one-third. Matt Drummond threw the final two and two-thirds to pick up his second save of the season.
Nobles held the Bruins hitless through the first three and two-thirds until a two-out double from Haerther in the fourth, but a strikeout ended the inning with the game still scoreless.
The Huskies had only one hit and hadn't advanced a runner to second until the fifth. With one down, Andy Lentz walked and Doug Cherry singled to left. After a second out, Jake Rife reached on an error by UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford, but UW second baseman Bradley Boyer popped out to the end Huskies' best threat to that point.
The Bruins still had only one hit before rallying with two outs in the sixth. With two down, Jermaine Curtis walked and Brandon Crawford singled before Haerther, the UCLA cleanup hitter, belted a long home run to left, his seventh of the season, to stake the Bruins with a 3-0 lead. After the homer, Mickey Weisser continued the rally with a double to deep left. He scored on an errant throw from UW shortstop Doug Cherry.
Washington got its first run in the seventh as Lentz doubled off the fence in center and scored on a single from Cherry. But, the Bruins got that run back plus two more in the top of the eighth as Haerther doubled and scored on a Mickey Weisser single. UCLA went on to make it 7-1 when Weisser scored on a flyout to right and Niko Gallego drove in another with a single.
The Huskies and Bruins conclude the three-game series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game, which will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game UCLA 8, Washington 1 UCLA 000 004 031 -- 8 9 1 Washington 000 000 100 -- 1 6 3 Charles Brewer, Matt Drummond (7) and Brent Dean. Cam Nobles, Geoff Brown (7), Paul Dickey (8), Tyler Cheney (8), Josh Scofield (9) and Brett Wilcox, Pierce Rankin (9). W - Brewer (5-4). L - Nobles (3- 3). Sv - Drummond (2). 2B - UCLA, Casey Haerther, Mickey Weisser; UW, Andy Lentz. HR - UCLA, Haerther (7). T - 3:24. A - 1,743. Records: UCLA 21-17, 5-6 Pac-10; UW 25-15, 5-6 Pac-10.