No. 8 UCLA Baseball Falls to Cal State Northridge, 4-1

May 7, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team compiled 11 hits on the night, but it wasn't enough as they dropped a 4-1 decision to Cal State Northridge on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Oscar Sandoval picked up the win for the Matadors, pitching two scoreless innings in relief. Freshman Cody Poteet absorbed the loss for the Bruins, tossing just 0.2 innings and allowing three runs on two hits. Josh Goossen-Brown, who started the game at first base and moved to the pitcher's mound in the ninth, earned the save for Northridge.

The Matadors took the early lead by scoring three runs off of Poteet in the top of the first. After two walks and a single loaded the bases with nobody out, Poteet induced a 4-6-3 double play from Goossen-Brown to get two crucial outs. Michael Livingston would score from the third on the play though, giving Northridge a 1-0 advantage. In the next at-bat, Poteet hit Cal Vogelsang to put runners on first and third. The Matadors then attempted a delayed double steal and Kyle Attl made it safely to home plate in front of catcher Justin Hazard's tag, making it 2-0 Northridge. Alexis Mercado would double in Vogelsang later in the at-bat, making it 3-0 Northridge and chasing Poteet from the game.

The UCLA offense was mostly quiet for the first three innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a run to cut the deficit to two. Sophomore Eric Filia led off with a double to right, and two batters later came home when junior Kevin Williams singled to center. Junior Brenton Allen singled in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second with one out as the Bruins looked to find the tying runs. However, sophomore Chris Keck lined out to first and senior Cody Regis flied out to left to end the inning.

Neither side would score for the next three innings, until the Matadors tacked on another run in the top of the eighth. Chester Pak reached on an error and then stole second, putting a man in scoring position with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third, and on the next at-bat he scored on a wild pitch by junior Zack Weiss, bringing Northridge's lead back up to three. UCLA could not muster anything in the eighth or ninth innings and they went on to lose to the Matadors by a final of 4-1.

Junior Brian Carroll led the UCLA offense, hitting safely in three of his five plate appearances. Filia, Williams and Hazard each posted two hits on the night as well. On the mound, freshmen James Kaprielian and Jake Ehret did well to keep the game close, combining to pitch five innings of relief without giving up a run.

UCLA (31-14, 14-7 Pac-12) will play its final home weekend series of the regular season this weekend, hosting the Arizona Wildcats (29-17, 10-11 Pac-12) from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Game Notes: David Berg pitched a scoreless ninth inning in tonight's ballgame, extending his scoreless innings streak to 27.1 consecutive innings and lowering his ERA to 0.67...since April 16, Eric Filia is hitting .339 with 10 runs, five RBI and four doubles...with his 2-5 night, Filia also recorded his sixth multi-hit game in his last 13 appearances...James Kaprielian's 3.1 innings pitched was a new season-high for the freshman...UCLA's bullpen as a whole pitched 8.1 innings tonight, giving up just one unearned run...Pat Valaika has now reached base safely in 17 straight games.

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