April 9, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 17 UCLA Baseball team got five strong innings on the mound from freshman Cody Poteet and another multi-hit game from sophomore Shane Zeile to claim a 5-1 victory over Hawai'i on Tuesday night.
Poteet earned his second win of the year after throwing five scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out two. Left-hander Scott Squier took the loss for the Rainbows to fall to 0-5 on the year after giving up three runs (two earned) in seven innings of work.
After Poteet held the Rainbows scoreless for the first three frames, the Bruins jumped ahead with a three-run bottom of the third. After freshman Tyler Scott drew a walk with one out, junior Brenton Allen came to the plate and laced a triple to the alley in right-center, scoring Scott and giving UCLA the 1-0 lead. After Brian Carroll walked and Trent Chatterton got hit by a pitch, sophomore Kevin Kramer came to the plate with the bases loaded. Kramer bounced a ball to second, but Hawai'i second baseman Stephen Ventimilia bobbled the ball, allowing Kramer to reach and Allen to score. Junior Pat Valaika hit a sacrifice fly to center in the next at-bat to score Carroll to make it 3-0 in favor of the Bruins.
Poteet cruised through the two innings to keep the game at 3-0, but the Rainbows scored one in the top of the sixth to cut into the UCLA lead. Freshman Jake Ehret relieved Poteet to start the inning, and with two outs gave up a single to Marc Flores that allowed Pi'ikea Kitamura to score from second, making the game 3-1. Ehret recovered though and got Conner George to ground out back to the pitcher to prevent any more runners from scoring.
Hawai'i again threatened in the top of the seventh, getting runners on second and third with two outs. Sophomore left-hander Max Schuh came in from the bullpen though and was able to strike out Alan Baldwin to keep UCLA's lead at two. The Bruins would then score some much needed insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a RBI double from junior Pat Gallagher and a RBI single from sophomore Shane Zeile, bringing UCLA's lead up to 5-1. Sophomore David Berg came on for the ninth and got a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory for the Bruins.
Zeile led the Bruins at the plate with a 2-4 night, which included a double and a RBI. Allen, Gallagher and Valaika each posted a run and a RBI as well while Kaprielian, Schuh, junior Zack Weiss and Berg combined to throw three innings of scoreless relief.
The Bruins (20-9) will host the Loyola Marymount Lions (17-15) in a three-game non-conference series this weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Game Notes: This was the first meeting between Hawai'i and UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium since the two sides played each other in the 1986 NCAA Western Regional...the Bruins' four hits tonight were the fewest they have had in a victory since they recorded four in a 3-2 win over Purdue on May 5, 2012...tonight's victory was the 15th in the last 16 midweek games for UCLA...Brenton Allen's triple in the third inning was the first of his UCLA career...Trent Chatterton's hit by pitch in the third inning brings UCLA's total to a Pac-12 leading 50 hit batsmen on the year...David Berg needed only six pitches to retire the side in the ninth inning...Berg also lowered his ERA to a team-leading 1.12 with his scoreless ninth inning...Shane Zeile posted his sixth-multi hit game in his last nine appearances with his two-hit night...the Bruins are now a perfect 17-0 when holding their opponents to three runs or fewer...tonight's game time of 2 hours and 34 minutes was the shortest game of the season thus far for the Bruins.