April 15, 2007

UCLA-USC: It's over here. Bruins sweep.

UCLA wins this one 12-9.

Not only that, but they also bring their record to over .500 with the three wins, now 18-16 overall.

Also, with Arizona's loss at Stanford this afternoon, the Bruins move into a tie for first in the Pac 10 race at 8-1. You've gotta love teams with ugly overall records that lead their conference. Then again, according to our friend Boyd Nation, UCLA has played the third-toughest schedule in the country. No shocker there.

Nice weekend for the Bruins. The now-struggling Trojans are starting to show their youth as they have gone cold.

UCLA-USC: Two words- Grand. Salami.

New Trojan pitcher Hector Rabago was greeted into the game with a 4-stroke bomb by Bruin basher Cody Decker. The shot just cleared teh 395 sign at straightaway dead center field.

Goodness! It's now 11-6 Bruins.

I just looked over at a friend of mine who plays on my hockey team after the home run. He's a die-hard USC Trojan all decked out in Cardinal and Gold. But his wife is a UCLA grad. She was cheering wildly at the moment while my friend just sunk deeper into his seat. He's also been forced to sit on the UCLA side of the stadium. We know who wears the pants in that relationship... the baby blue pants.

UCLA-USC: Bruins go back up, 7-6 in 8th. USC angry at themselves.

An Alden Carrithers RBI single scored pinch runner Tim Murphy from 2nd base to put UCLA back up by one.

But on the play, Trojan 1st baseman J. J. Owen cut off the relay throw from right field, much to the anger of catcher Johnny Bowden and reliever Robert Stock. It was a great throw from Hector Rabago and probably would've cut down the speedy Murphy at home.

Stock just got pulled from the mound and moves to catcher. Rabago, so impressive with his throw from right, is now moved to the mound. Men on the corners with two out for UCLA.

UCLA-USC: on pace for 4.5 hours here. Maybe more.

It's all tied here in L.A., 5-5.

After UCLA fought back froma 4-0 hole, Ryan Babineaux, who came in hitting .277, smashed a two-run homer to put the Bruins ahead temporarily at 5-4. The Men of Troy came back to tie things up in the bottom of the 6th with a good bout of smal-ball.

17-year old phenom Robert Stock has come on in relief for USC. He's hitting mid-90s on the guns right now.

If form holds true, this will be a four and a half hour game. But then again, given the possibility of extra innings, we might want to get comfortable.

UCLA-USC: Bruins cut into lead. But torrential downpour of sunshine has ceased.

An RBI single by Jermaine Curtis (I always have to be careful not to write "Jermaine Stewart" who sang that gawd-awful "We don't have to take our clothes off to have a good time" song back in the mid-80s) cut the Trojan lead to 4-2, then a bloop single by Cody Decker made it a one-run game (4-3) here in the fifth inning.

Right now, relief pitcher No. 1 Kevin Couture has been pulled and reliever No. 2 Shawn Olsen has taken over to try to stem the tide.

Also, the freakin' lights have been turned on here at Dedeaux Field. It's getting so overcast, I guess USC administrators think it has becoming dangerously dark to play this game without lights on. Damn horrible weather. It's affecting SoCal too now.

UCLA-USC: Estrella gives Trojans 4-0 lead.

SC is now up by four after Hector Estrella just hit an RBI double to the wall here in the 3rd inning. By the way, UCLA starter Gavin Brooks has committed a pair of throwing errors for the Bruins too.

Meanwhile, I just looked and saw that the other SC, South Carolina, is now in front of Auburn by a nasty 18-4 count. Isn't there a point where a team can "tap out" as they say?

Uh-oh, it's actually starting to get a little cloudy here in Smogland. Which one of you cold weather snowbirds down south sent this horrible cloud-cover to Dedeaux Field?

UCLA-USC: SC strikes first. Up 2-0. But UCLA's athletic program is far better this year.

Matt Cusick and Grant Green both singled to start the Trojan lineup and ended up coming around to score on a sac fly by Lucas Duda and a bloop single by Hector Robago.

But I forgot to mention before the game, with UCLA's series clinching wins over USC on Friday and Saturday, that was enough to clinch the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. That's a year-long competition between the two sports programs. If you're keeping score at home, UCLA's point total has increased 57.5 "points" while USC has just 22.5. (Five points are awarded for whoever wins the baseball series).

So if you look at it points-wise in the Lexus Gauntlet, UCLA's athletic program is vastly superior to USC's. Man, half my friends out here are going to love that. Half are going to hate that.

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