UCLA evened its three-game weekend series with Arizona State with an 8-3 victory on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. ASU had its chances but stranded 12 runners. The Sun Devils fell to 36-8 overall and 11-6 in Pac-10 play.
The Bruins were able to keep ASU at arm’s length all afternoon, as the Sun Devils could never pull even after falling behind early. UCLA starter Charles Brewer went 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out two.
ASU starter Josh Satow (5-3) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He walked five and struck out one.
UCLA scored off Satow in the first when Brandon Crawford singled home Blair Dunlap to put UCLA up 1-0. Casey Haerther made it 3-0 with a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the third.
ASU got on the board in the fourth, scoring on a Kiel Roling sacrifice fly that brought home Brett Wallace to make it 3-1. Marcel Champagnie’s pinch-hit single later in the inning scored Petey Paramore to cut the lead to 3-2. UCLA made it 4-2 on a Jermaine Curtis solo shot in the fifth.
ASU pulled to within 4-3 in the sixth when Ryan Sontag drew a bases-loaded walk to score Rocky Laguna. ASU was unable to get anyone else across, leaving the bases loaded. UCLA answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run off Dustin Brader to make it 5-3.
UCLA added some insurance in the eighth inning off Reyes Dorado, scoring three times to make it 8-3 heading to the ninth.
The Bruins closed out the Devils in the ninth to seal the win.
Two UCLA relief pitchers held the Sun Devils to two hits over the final 3 2/3 innings. ASU stranded seven runners over the final four innings.
Sun Devil pitchers issued eight walks and allowed nine UCLA hits.