March 9, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 12th-ranked UCLA Baseball team dropped the second game of their weekend series, falling to No. 17 Oklahoma, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With the loss, the Bruins fell to 10-3 on the year.
Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig took the loss to fall to 2-2, despite going 6.2 innings and giving up just three earned runs. Jonathan Gray earned the victory for the Sooners after throwing seven shutout innings and holding the Bruins to just eight hits. Gray also struck out eight in his seven innings of work.
Both teams failed to generate much offense through the first three innings, but in the top of the fourth, Oklahoma struck first after putting two runners on via a walk and a catcher's interference. Matt Oberste then stepped to the plate and hit a three-run opposite field home run off Vander Tuig to give the Sooners the 3-0 lead.
Oklahoma added to their lead in the top of the sixth, when Anthony Hemerlyn singled home Max White with two outs to make the game 4-0 in favor of the Sooners. The Bruins threatened in the bottom half of the inning, when Brian Carroll made his way to third on a single, a stolen base and a passed ball. After Kevin Kramer walked, Pat Valaika came to the plate with two on and two outs. However, Valaika flied out to left, ending the inning. UCLA could not muster any offense for the final three frames and Oklahoma went on to take the game, 4-0.
UCLA (10-3) will wrap up their weekend series tomorrow as they face crosstown rivals USC (7-7) at 3 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Notre Dame (9-3) and Oklahoma (12-3) will play each other at 10 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium as well.
Game Notes: This is the eighth straight start in which Nick Vander Tuig has pitched at least six innings...UCLA extended their hit batters streak to 14 consecutive games with Brett Urabe's hit by pitch in the eighth...Kevin Kramer extended his streak of reaching base safely to 13 games with his sixth-inning walk...Brian Carroll has successfully stolen a base in his last six attempts and is now 11-12 on stolen base attempts this year.