March 30, 2013
Tempe, Ariz. - In a wild game that went back and forth all day, the seventh-ranked UCLA Baseball picked up a 12-10 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils in 10 innings at Packard Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Williams hit a game-winning two-run single in the top of the 10th to help UCLA earn the win.
Sophomore David Berg earned his third win of the season, pitching four innings in relief for the Bruins. Eric Melbostad suffered the loss for Arizona State, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Grant Watson started the game for UCLA, lasting 2.1 innings and allowing six runs on nine hits.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning, starting when junior Brian Carroll drew a leadoff walk. After a single to freshman Trent Chatterton, Sun Devil starter Adam McCreery threw a wild pitch to the backstop with Carroll on third, allowing him to score and giving UCLA a 1-0 lead. McCreery would be pulled two batters later and with the bases loaded, the Bruins got another run across when Chatterton scored on a double play hit by junior Kevin Williams, making it 2-0 Bruins.
Arizona State struck back in the bottom of the inning, tying the game with two runs. After Casey Koffman doubled to start the inning, James McDonald brought him home with a single to center to cut UCLA's lead to 2-1. A balk by Watson moved McDonald to second, and two batters later Jake Peevyhouse singled in McDonald to tie the game up at 2-2.
The tie would be short-lived though, as UCLA took the lead back in the top of the second with a four-run frame. With senior Cody Regis on second, Carroll singled up the middle with one out to bring in Regis and make it 3-2 Bruins. Two batters later, sophomore Kevin Kramer came to the plate with two runners on and blasted a three-run shot to right for his first home run of the year, bringing UCLA's lead up to 6-2.
Once again the Sun Devils would not go away, tying the game in the bottom of the third with four runs, all of which came off of Watson. Arizona State looked poised to take the lead when Drew Stankiewicz singled to left with runners on second and third and the score at 6-5, but freshman Brett Urabe gunned down Jake Peevyhouse at the plate as he tried to score from second to keep the game tied. Junior Zack Weiss relieved Watson after that play and was able to get the final two outs of the inning to prevent any further damage.
Arizona State would take the lead eventually in the bottom of the fourth, when Max Rossiter hit a sacrifice fly to give the Sun Devils a 7-6 lead. However, UCLA battled back and tied it up in the top of the fifth. With Chatterton on second and Kramer on first, junior Pat Valaika grounded to shortstop in what looked to be an easy double play. Kramer was thrown out at second, but McDonald's throw to first went wild and allowed Chatterton to score to tie the game at 7-7.
Yet again the game would not remain tied for long as Arizona State went back ahead in the bottom of the fifth. After Weiss allowed runners to reach first and second, junior Ryan Deeter came in to pitch and gave up a double down the left field line to Johnny Sewald. RJ Ybarra scored on the play to put the Sun Devils ahead 8-7.
After a scoreless sixth, the Bruins fought back and grabbed the lead in the top of the seventh. With Valaika on first and Kramer on second, Williams drew a walk, but the runners were going on ball four and Rossiter threw the ball away in his attempt to throw out Kramer at third. Kramer went home on the error to tie the game at 7-7 and Williams and Valaika moved to second and third respectively. Sophomore Shane Zeile then came to bat and hit a sac fly to center to score Valaika to give the Bruins a 9-8 advantage.
Valaika added to UCLA's lead in the top of the eighth, hitting a single to left with the bases loaded to bring home Carroll and give the Bruins an insurance run. In the bottom of the ninth, the Bruins were one out from earning the win, but Sun Devil first baseman Dalton DiNatale hit a two-out, two-run home run off of Berg to tie the game at 10-10.
In the top of the 10th, Chatterton led off the inning with a single before Kramer got hit by a pitch, putting two runners on with nobody out. After Valaika sacrificed the runners to second and third, Williams came up and hit a line drive single back up the middle to score Chatterton and Kramer, putting the Bruins on top again, 12-10. This time there would be no Arizona State comeback, as Berg shut the door in 10th to seal the win.
Overall, Chatterton led the UCLA offense, going 3-3 with a career-high four runs. Kramer and Zeile each posted multi-hit days, combining to go 4-7 with four RBI and four runs. Carroll chimed in with a 1-4 day, scoring three runs in the victory.
UCLA (18-6, 6-3 Pac-12) will open up an eight-game homestand at Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning on Tuesday against Southern California rivals Cal State Fullerton (24-4). First pitch will be at at 6 p.m.
Game Notes: The game featured six lead changes and five ties...the two sides combined to use 12 pitchers in the ballgame...Trent Chatterton reached base in all five of his plate appearances today...the Bruins matched a season-high by drawing 10 walks...David Berg's consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 19 with the home run he allowed in the ninth...this was the fourth extra inning game the Bruins have played this year (3-1 record in extra inning games)...UCLA has not been swept in a series since Arizona State swept the Bruins from April 30-May 2 of 2010...UCLA finished with a record of 13-4 in the month of March.