April 16, 2013
Irvine, Calif. - Junior Brenton Allen hit a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth and the Bruins scored two in the top of the 12th to defeat the UC Irvine Anteaters, 6-4, in 12 innings on Tuesday night. Sophomore David Berg earned the win after pitching four scoreless innings in relief.
Berg did not allow a base runner in his four innings of relief, picking up his fourth win of the year. Race Parmenter took the loss for the Anteaters after giving up two runs in 2.2 innings of work. Freshman Cody Poteet started the game for the Bruins, tossing 5.2 innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out four.
The Anteaters jumped ahead early with a three-run bottom of the first. Chris Rabago started the inning off with a double, and after a sacrifice bunt and a walk designated hitter Ronnie Shaeffer hit a double to left-center, bringing in two. Eventually Shaeffer would be brought home on a sacrifice fly by Jerry McClanahan, giving Irvine a 3-0 lead.
The Bruins got one back in the top of the third, when sophomore Kevin Kramer grounded into a double play with nobody out, allowing Allen to score from third. After a rough first inning, Poteet settled down and retired the next six hitters. However, Irvine brought its lead back up to three in the bottom of the fourth, starting when Taylor Sparks reached second due to a dropped fly ball by Kramer. A sacrifice bunt moved Sparks to third, and after a walk the Anteaters executed a double steal that allowed Sparks to score from third, giving them a 4-1 lead.
UCLA cut into the deficit again in the top of the sixth, as Pat Gallagher hit into a fielder's choice with runners on first and third, allowing Filia to score to make it 4-2 Anteaters. The Bruins continued the threat as Cody Regis singled in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second with two outs. Sophomore Shane Zeile came to the plate, representing the go-ahead run, but he flew out to center and the inning was ended.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Shaeffer led off with a ground ball between third and short that looked to be a surefire hit. But Valaika made an absolutely tremendous diving stop and throw to get the out. The Anteaters eventually put runners on first and second with two outs in the inning, chasing Poteet and bringing in junior Ryan Deeter from the bullpen. Deeter would quiet the threat quickly though, getting a lineout from Grant Palmer to end the inning.
In the ninth, things looked bleak for the Bruins as they were still down two runs and down to their final two outs. But then Kevin Williams hit a pinch-hit double and Allen crushed a two-run blast to right to tie things up at 4-4.
UCLA almost went ahead in the 10th when sophomore Eric Filia broke for home from third on a wild pitch. However, McClanahan recovered the ball quickly and threw out Filia at the plate. The Bruins also put runners on first and third in the top of the 11th with two outs, but again could not score and the game went to the 12th.
In the 12th, the Bruins got things going with a leadoff double from Valaika. Then on the next pitch, freshman Justin Hazard, who entered the game as a defensive substitution, attempted to bunt Valaika over. Parmenter picked up the bunt on the third base side and threw it over the head of the first baseman, allowing Valaika to score and giving the Bruins the lead. With Hazard having advanced on the error, Regis sacrificed him over to third to bring up Zeile. Zeile hit a fly ball to center, but Irvine center fielder Dominique Taylor dropped the ball and Hazard scored to make it, 6-4, Bruins. Berg then closed out the bottom half of the 12th to seal the win for UCLA.
Carroll, Kramer, Filia and Valaika all recorded two hits on the night, while Allen went 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Williams was huge off the bench as well, going 2-3 with a run scored.
UCLA (23-10, 7-5 Pac-12) returns to conference play this weekend as they head to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks (28-8, 12-3 Pac-12) from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21. Friday and Saturday's games will start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks. Sunday's game will be at 12:00 p.m.
Game Notes: David Berg lowered his season ERA to 0.92 with his four shutout innings tonight...Berg has also not allowed a run in his last 12.2 innings of work...Ryan Deeter, Zack Weiss and Berg combined to throw 6.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen tonight...Brenton Allen's homer in the ninth was the first of his UCLA career...tonight was the fifth extra-inning game of the season for the Bruins, the most since they had five back in 2010...UCLA's top four hitters (Carroll, Kramer, Filia and Valaika) combined to go 8-23 (.348) in tonight's game...Pat Valaika recorded four assists in the game to extended his consecutive games without an error streak to 23...UCLA is now 21-2 when scoring three runs or more in a ballgame...this is also now the 16th win in the last 17 midweek games for the Bruins...UCLA improved to 14-1 in their last 15 games against Big West opponents.