No. 8 UCLA Baseball Edges Rivals USC, 2-1

May 17, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team won its sixth in a row over its crosstown rivals on Friday night, defeating USC, 2-1, at Dedeaux Field. Freshman Brett Urabe scored the winning run in the top of the ninth for the Bruins, coming home on an error by USC second baseman Adam Landecker.

Junior Zack Weiss picked up the win in relief for the Bruins, moving to 2-1 on the year after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Brent Wheatley took the loss for the Trojans to fall to 1-3 while sophomore David Berg earned his 14th save with a clean ninth inning. Junior Adam Plutko started the game for the Bruins, pitching six innings and allowing just one run on four hits in a no-decision. Plutko also struck out four in his six innings of work.

USC got on the board first when James Roberts doubled home Landecker in the bottom of the first, making it 1-0 Trojans. The Trojans looked to continue the threat in the inning, as Greg Zebrack reached on an error to put runners on first and second with one out. However, sophomore Shane Zeile got the crucial second out of the inning by gunning down Roberts at third as he attempted to steal the base. Another error allowed Kevin Swick to reach, but two batters later Plutko got Blake Lacey to fly out to right to end the inning.

The Bruins responded in the top of the fourth, tying things up with a run off of USC starter Bob Wheatley. After back-to-back singles by Eric Filia and Pat Valaika and a walk to Zeile loaded the bases, senior Cody Regis stepped to the plate with two outs. He swung at the first pitch and hit an infield single to second, plating Filia and leveling the game at 1-1.

USC threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, getting runners on first and second with one out via two walks by Plutko. A balk moved the runners to second and third, but Plutko battled and got a pop up from Zebrack before striking out Swick to retire the side.

In the bottom of the seventh, freshman James Kaprielian came in to pitch and got into some trouble by putting runners on first and second with two outs. Zebrack then came to the plate and hit a soft liner that looked to be a sure base hit over the head of Valaika at shortstop. Valaika backpedaled though and robbed Zebrack of a hit, leaping up and snagging the ball for the final out of the inning.

The game remained tied until the top of the ninth when the Bruins took the lead with a run. With one out, junior Pat Gallagher walked and freshman Brett Urabe came in to pinch-run for him. Two batters later, Carroll singled with two outs to put runners on first and second. Sophomore Kevin Kramer then grounded a ball to second, but Landecker bobbled the ball, allowing Kramer to reach and Urabe to score to give UCLA the lead.

Berg entered in the bottom of the ninth and retired the Trojans in order to seal the 2-1 victory for the Bruins.

Overall, eight UCLA players recorded one hit in the game. Filia went 1-5 with a run scored while Regis posted a 1-4 night with a RBI.

UCLA (35-15, 18-7 Pac-12) and USC (19-31, 10-15 Pac-12) will continue their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.

Game Notes: Kevin Kramer and Eric Filia each extended their hitting streaks to a career-high 10 games...with his 1-3 night, Pat Valaika has now reached base safely in 21 of his last 22 games...UCLA has now won the last six meetings over the Trojans...the Bruins also have won their 11 of their last 13 Pac-12 games, including the last his last seven starts, Adam Plutko has posted an ERA of 1.77...David Berg extended his scoreless innings streak to 31 consecutive innings without giving up a run...Berg's 14 saves also are just one shy of tying the school record set by Scott Griggs last year...the Bruins improved to 13-1 in one-run ballgames, giving them the best winning percentage in one-run games in the country (min. 10 one-run games played)...UCLA's pitchers did not allow a hit to the Trojans past the third inning.

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