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Ambriz's four-hitter boosts Bruins

6/2/2006

MALIBU, Calif. -- Hector Ambriz pitched a four-hitter,
Brandon Crawford drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in
the seventh, and UCLA beat UC Irvine 3-2 Friday in the opener of
the Malibu Regional in the NCAA tournament.
The Bruins (33-23) play a winner's bracket game Saturday
afternoon in the four-team, double-elimination tournament at
Pepperdine, while the Anteaters (36-23) play in a loser's bracket
game earlier in the day.
Ambriz (8-7) walked four and struck out six. Ben Orloff had two
of UC Irvine's four hits.
The Anteaters scored their runs in the fifth on a two-out,
bases-loaded error by third baseman UCLA third baseman Jermaine
Curtis, giving them a 2-1 lead. Ryan Babineau hit his sixth homer
in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
Blair Dunlap, who had two hits, singled to start the UCLA
seventh and stole second. Justin Cassel (7-9) struck out the next
two batters before Crawford came through with his big hit. Cassel
allowed 11 hits in 7 1-3 innings.