May 23, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 15-ranked California baseball team was shutdown by UCLA junior left-hander Tim Murphy, losing an 8-0 shutout Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears, who only got five hits on the day, including a double and a single from junior first baseman David Cooper, dropped to 32-18-2 overall and 11-11 in the Pac-10. The Bruins improved to 30-24 and 12-10 in conference play.
Murphy threw a complete game shutout to improve his record to 5-6, going 9.0 innings with five hits, four walks and 10 strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Cal was junior right-hander Tyson Ross, who saw his record drop to 7-3 (6.2 innings, six hits, four runs, four walks, six strikeouts).
UCLA got two runs off of Ross in the third inning when Jermaine Curtis led-off with a double, and later scored on Casey Haerther's two-out double down the right field line. Haerther then scored on Brandon Crawford's single up the middle.
The Bruins took control of the contest by scoring six runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Alden Carrithers' two-run homer to left center field, a RBI single by Brady Dolan, a bases loaded walk by Ryan Babineau and a two-run single by Brent Dean.
Besides Cooper's single in the first inning and double in the fourth inning, Cal's other hits were singles by junior left fielder Charlie Cutler, sophomore right fielder Blake Smith and freshman pinch hitter Austin Booker.
The Bears will next try to rebound in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series versus UCLA, Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
UCLA: Carrithers, two-run homer in the seventh inning.