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.
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