In what was a wild back-and-forth game that saw the lead change hands four times, the 18th-ranked UCLA Baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to Arizona State, losing 6-5 to the Sun Devils in 10 innings.
Ryan Burr (2-2) earned the win for Arizona State with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Junior David Berg (3-1) suffered the loss for UCLA, allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings pitched. Sophomore Cody Poteet started the game for the Bruins and allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five in a no-decision. Darin Gillies started for the Sun Devils and lasted six innings, allowing three runs on four hits.
For the first time in four games, the Bruins were the ones who got on the board first, getting a run off of Gillies in the bottom of the first. Senior Brian Carroll led off the inning with a single to left. Up next was sophomore Christoph Bono, who laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Carroll over to third. On the same play Carroll took advantage of an Arizona State mental mistake, taking third when the Sun Devils failed to cover the bag. Carroll then came home on a wild pitch from Gillies in the next at-bat to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
UCLA tacked on another run in the bottom of the second to give itself a 2-0 advantage. Senior Kevin Williams and freshman Kort Peterson led off the inning with a walk and a hit by pitch respectively before moving up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Pat Gallagher. Two batters later, the bases got loaded via a hit by pitch by junior Chris Keck, bringing up Carroll. Carroll was then able to draw a walk on five pitches to score Williams and make it 2-0 Bruins.
The next two innings went scoreless but UCLA added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Carroll led off the inning with a bunt single, eventually moving to third with two outs. Sophomore Ty Moore then stepped in and ripped a single through the right side to score Carroll and increase UCLA’s lead to three. Arizona State would get one back in the top of the sixth though as Brian Serven hit a solo home run with two outs to cut the Bruin lead to two. Poteet managed to limit the damage, however, holding the Sun Devils to just one in the inning.
Arizona State would grab the lead though in the top of the seventh with three runs. Dalton Dinatale and Drew Stankiewicz led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with nobody out. On the next at-bat, Christopher Beall laid down a bunt in an attempt to move the runners up. Junior catcher Shane Zeile came up with the ball but his throw to first went wide, allowing Dinatale to score to make it 3-2 UCLA. Berg then entered and after striking out Colby Woodmansee, got Johnny Sewald to ground to first. Gallagher went home with the ball but Stankiewicz beat the throw to tie the game. The next batter was Trever Allen, who grounded the ball to short. Sophomore Trent Chatterton bobbled the ball but was able to get Sewald at second. However, Beall was able to score on the play and Arizona State took a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the seventh.
UCLA fought back in the bottom half of the inning, taking back the lead with a pair of runs. With one out, Bono and Zeile reached base via a hit by pitch and a walk to bring up Moore. Bono was picked off at second, but Moore drew a walk to bring up Williams. Williams came through for the Bruins, lacing a triple to the left-center gap to score Zeile and Moore and give the lead back to UCLA.
In the top of the ninth, the Sun Devils were able to scratch a run across of Berg to tie the game at 5-5. With two outs and runners on second and third, Allen hit a chopper to Keck at third. Keck bobbled the ball, allowing Allen to reach base via the error and Woodmansee to score to even the game.
The Bruins failed to score in their half of the ninth and Arizona State tacked on a run in the top of the 10th to take a 6-5 lead. After a double by Jake Peevyhouse and a walk by Stankiewicz put runners on first and third with two outs, pinch-hitter RJ Ybarra stepped in and hit a single to center, scoring Peevyhouse and giving the Sun Devils the lead. UCLA went down in order in the bottom of the 10th and Arizona State took the series victory with a 6-5 win.
Carroll led the Bruins at the plate, going 2-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Williams followed that up by going 1-3 with two RBI and a run while Moore went 1-3 as well with a run and a RBI.
UCLA (16-10, 6-3 Pac-12) will hit the road this Tuesday as the Bruins head down the 405 freeway to face Loyola Marymount (17-11) at 6 p.m. at Page Stadium on the LMU campus.
Game Notes: UCLA had five batters get hit by a pitch in today’s game, marking the second time in the last two seasons that they have had five batters draw a hit by pitch in a single game (Feb. 26, 2013 at UCSB)…in the three-game series, UCLA had 12 batters get hit by a pitch, bringing its season total to 43 batters hit by a pitch through 26 games…Kort Peterson made his first collegiate start in today's game, starting as the designated hitter...David Berg suffered his first loss in a ballgame since May 20, 2012, snapping a streak of 11 straight winning decisions…Berg's four innings pitched today also matched a career-long...today’s loss snapped of streak of 54 consecutive games that the Bruins won when leading after the seventh inning…the loss also snapped UCLA's streak of seven straight extra-inning victories dating back to last year...Kevin Williams finished the three-game series going 7-11 with three runs scored and three RBI…Shane Zeile reached base safely for the 10th straight game.