No. 8 UCLA Baseball Defeats Arizona, 7-1, to Clinch Series

May 11, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior Cody Regis had another great day at the plate and junior Nick Vander Tuig continued his great season on the mound as the eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Regis went 4-4 with two RBI and three runs scored while Vander Tuig allowed just one run in 7.1 innings pitched.

Vander Tuig earned the win by scattering six hits in his 7.1 innings of work, striking out three and walking none to move to 9-3 on the year. Konner Wade took the loss for the Wildcats, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 12 hits in 7.1 innings pitched. Sophomore David Berg picked up his 13th save of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Bruins gave Vander Tuig some run support early on, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. After back-to-back singles by Regis and junior Pat Gallagher with one out, sophomore Shane Zeile stepped to the plate and hit a single to right, scoring Regis and giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. After a fielder's choice moved Gallagher to third, junior Brian Carroll hit a double to left, bringing home Gallagher and making it 2-0 UCLA.

The Bruins tacked on two more in the bottom of the third when Regis laced a double to center, scoring juniors Pat Valaika and Kevin Williams to increase UCLA's lead to four. The Wildcats then got one back in the top of the fourth, when Kevin Newman singled in Trent Gilbert from third to cut the Bruins' lead to three. That would be all that Arizona would get off of Vander Tuig though, as he kept the Wildcats off the board for the next three innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, Regis again led off with a double before advancing to third on a wild pitch two batters later. Zeile then brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center, giving UCLA a 5-1 lead. The Bruins scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore Kevin Kramer plated Gallagher and Regis with a two-run single to right, making it 7-1 in favor of the Bruins. Berg made that score hold up in the ninth to give UCLA a 7-1 series-clinching victory.

Overall, the UCLA offense totaled 13 hits on the afternoon, with Regis, Kramer and Valaika each recording multi-hit games. Kramer went 2-5 with two RBI while Valaika went 2-4 with a run scored. Zeile drove in two runs as well while Gallagher posted a 1-3 afternoon with two runs scored.

UCLA (33-14, 16-7 Pac-12) and Arizona (29-19, 10-13 Pac-12) will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. out at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sophomore left-hander Grant Watson (5-3, 3.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Bruins.

Game Notes: Cody Regis is now 6-7 in the series with four doubles and eight RBI...his four hits today also matched a career-high...Nick Vander Tuig won his fifth consecutive decision and is now 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his last five starts...Vander Tuig also moved into a tie for ninth-place on UCLA's all-time career wins list, notching his 22nd career victory eight Pac-12 starts, Vander Tuig is 6-1 with a 1.56 ERA...he has also gone at least six innings in 12 of his 13 starts this season...Kevin Kramer has now hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games...David Berg extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 29 straight innings without giving up a run...Berg also lowered his ERA to 0.65 on the year with his 1.2 scoreless innings...the Bruins improved to 25-3 when they score first and 27-0 when they hold their opponent to three runs or fewer.

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