Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UCLA Ties Series With 13-8 Win Over Baseball
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 15, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Left-hander Dave Huff gutted out a complete game performance on the mound, the bottom two hitters in the UCLA batting order combined for four hits, six RBI and two runs scored and Arizona committed four errors on defense in a 13-8 Bruin win at Kindall Field on Friday.


            The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for Arizona, and dropped it to 15-17 on the year and to 3-5 in the conference race. The Bruins improved to 19-15 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10 with the series-tying win.


            Battling a stiff wind blowing in from right field, the two schools struggled in the early-going and combined to exchange the lead four different times through the first four innings.


            Arizona jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first on RBI-single by David Plante and a throwing error by UCLA left fielder Tim Murphy on the play for a 2-0 advantage.


            The Bruins countered with a four runs on three hits and pair of UA errors in the second to take its first lead in the game, 4-2. Ryan Babineau and Blair Dunlap picked up RBI-singles in the frame.


            Arizona came back with four runs on four hits for a 6-4 advantage in the bottom of the third, as four different players contributed with run-scoring hits. The lead was short lived however, as UCLA tied the game at 6-6 with two runs in the top of the fourth.


            The Bruins then went on to take the lead for good with a run in the fifth on a sac-fly by Babineau, and added three more runs in the sixth and eighth innings for a 13-6 advantage.


            After getting roughed up in the through the first three innings, Huff settled down to blank Arizona over the next five innings before giving up a pair of runs in the ninth. The left-hander improved to 4-2 on the year with the full-nine effort, and finished with 11 strikeouts against just one walk. He surrendered eight runs on the night, six earned.


            UA starter Brad Mills (3-3) was charged with loss after giving up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five and walked three.


            Offensively, UCLA rapped out 15 hits in the game, with eight of the nine starters finishing with at least one base knock. No. 8 hitter Josh Roenicke and No. 9 hitter Babineau led the way for the Bruins, with each player collecting two hits, a stolen base and three RBI. Roenicke also chipped in with two runs scored in the winning effort.


            UA’s Jon Gaston extended his hitting streak to nine straight games in the loss, finishing 2 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored. Plante added three RBI on two hits, and Brad Boyer went 3 for 5 with three runs scored for the Wildcats.


            Arizona and UCLA will meet up for the rubber game of the Pac-10 series on Saturday at 12 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon will take the mound as the starter for the Wildcats. The game will be broadcast live on the radio in Tucson on 1290 AM.

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