May 21, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team closed out the regular season home schedule on Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Freshman Cody Poteet allowed just one run in six innings to earn the win while sophomore David Berg picked up his 17th save of the year.
Poteet also gave up just one hit in his six innings of work while striking out three. Justin Jacome took the loss for the Gauchos after giving up two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
UC Santa Barbara scored its only run of the ballgame in the top of the first when Tyler Kuresa singled home Joey Epperson from third to make it 1-0 Gauchos. The Bruins responded in the bottom of the second though, starting when junior Pat Valaika tripled to right to lead off the inning. Junior Kevin Williams then stepped to the plate and singled to left, scoring Valaika and tying the game at 1-1.
Poteet found his groove after the first inning, retiring 14 consecutive batters at one point as he kept the Gauchos off the board for five straight innings. UCLA then took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth, beginning with a leadoff single from junior Brian Carroll. After sophomore Kevin Kramer singled on a bunt and sophomore Eric Filia moved the runners up with a sacrifice, Valaika came up with runners in scoring position and one out. On a 0-1 count, Valaika lifted a fly ball to right that was plenty deep enough to score Carroll, giving the Bruins a 2-1 advantage.
Freshman James Kaprielian held UC Santa Barbara scoreless in the seventh, and in the eighth junior Zack Weiss entered out of the bullpen. With one out, Gaucho right fielder Luke Swenson hit a ball down the right field line that looked to be extra bases. But Filia came up with the ball and gunned Swenson down at second as he attempted to turn the single into a double. Weiss retired the next batter and the Bruins took their lead to the ninth. In the ninth, Berg allowed an infield single to the leadoff man but that would be all and UCLA went on to claim a 2-1 victory.
Carroll and Williams each posted multi-hit games, with Carroll going 2-4 with a run scored and Williams going 2-2 with a RBI and a walk. Valaika and Kramer each recorded a hit as well.
The Bruins (38-15, 20-7 Pac-12) will wrap up the regular season this weekend as they travel to the Bay Area to take on the Stanford Cardinal (30-21, 14-13 Pac-12) in a three-game series from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26. Game times are 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively and all three games will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: David Berg extended his UCLA single-season record for saves to 17 and is now three saves shy of matching UCLA's all-time career saves record...Berg also extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 35.2 straight innings without giving up a run, the longest streak in the nation this season...this is the 25th time in 53 games this season that UCLA has held its opponent to two runs or fewer...the Bruins also improved to a national-best 15-1 in one-run ballgames with their win tonight...Kevin Kramer extended his career-long hitting streak to 13 games...Eric Filia's 12-game hitting streak was snapped but he has reached base safely in his last 19 games...the game time of 2 hours and 26 minutes marked the shortest game of the season for the Bruins...Cody Poteet matched a career-high with his six innings tonight and allowed just three baserunners in his six innings of work...UCLA finished the regular season with a record of 24-9 at home.