Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Drops Series With UCLA, 8-5
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 15, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The UCLA baseball team scored seven runs on six hits in the first two innings, and held off a late Arizona rally in a series-clinching 8-5 win at Kindall Field on Saturday. The victory improved the Bruins to 20-15 on the year and to 5-4 in the Pac-10, while Arizona dropped to 15-18 overall and to 3-6 in the conference with the loss.


            The Bruins took advantage of two walks, a hit batter and a key two-out, three-run triple by Jermaine Curtis to jump out to the 3-0 lead in the first inning, and then added four more runs in the second on four hits, a walk and UA’s seventh error in the series.


            The Wildcats battled back with a pair of runs on Bill Rhinehart’s second-inning triple and throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford to make it a 7-2 game, and chipped away at an 8-2 UCLA advantage with three runs in the eighth, but couldn’t pull any closer to drop their third straight Pac-10 series of the year.


            Arizona left-hander David Coulon (1-3) struggled with his control early on and was charged with the loss after giving up six earned runs on six hits in only two innings of work. He struck out two and walked three in his shortest start of the year.


            UCLA’s Tyson Brummett held the Wildcats in check nearly throughout the game before tiring and exiting in the eighth. The right-hander improved to 5-4 on the year after giving up four earned runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three on the afternoon.


            Josh Roenicke closed out the win for the Bruins on the mound to earn his third save of the year.


            Offensively, UCLA rapped out 17 hits in the game, including a 4 for 5, two-RBI-effort by Chris Jensen, and a 3 for 4, three-RBI-day by Tim Stewart. Colt Sedbrook and Rhinehart paced a nine-hit day for Arizona with a pair of hits each in the game. Jason Donald finished with two RBI on the day.


            Arizona will head to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on the University of Mexico at Isotopes Park in a non-conference game on Tuesday, and will then return home to take on Stanford at Kindall Field next Friday-Sunday. All four games next week will be broadcast live on the radio on 1290 AM.

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