Feb. 17, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 2 ranked UCLA Baseball team equaled their run total from yesterday as they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 14-1, on Sunday, giving them the series win. Sophomore Grant Watson earned the victory after throwing six scoreless innings and striking out a career-high eight batters.
Left-hander Jordan Jess took the loss for the Golden Gophers after giving up six earned runs in 2.2 innings.
Once again UCLA's offense led the way, getting three-hit efforts from junior Brian Carroll and freshman Trent Chatterton. Both sophomore Kevin Kramer and junior Pat Gallagher chimed in with three RBI apiece while sophomore Eric Filia had a game-high three runs.
Just as in yesterday's game, UCLA got on the board early, putting up six runs in the bottom of the first. After loading the bases with the first three batters, junior Pat Valaika singled to center to bring home the first run of the game. Sophomore Shane Zeile then grounded out to first to bring home another run before Gallagher drove in two runs with a double down the right field line. The Bruins weren't done though, and after Darrell Miller Jr. doubled to send Gallagher to third, freshman Ty Moore reached on an error, scoring Gallagher and giving UCLA a 5-0 lead. After Chatterton singled to load the bases, Carroll knocked in Miller with a single to increase the lead to 6-0.
That would be all the run support that Watson needed, as he allowed just two hits in his six innings of work. At one point, Watson retired 16 straight Minnesota batters from the first to the sixth inning.
After picking up runs in the sixth and seventh innings, UCLA's offense exploded again in the eighth, scoring five runs in the inning, all coming with two outs. After Brenton Allen singled and Moore reached on an error, Chatterton laced a double down the left field line to score both runners and put UCLA ahead 11-1. Two batters later, freshman outfielder Christoph Bono and Kramer hit back-to-back doubles to put three more runs on the board for the Bruins to make the score 14-1.
Freshman James Kaprielian made his collegiate debut in the ninth, throwing just nine pitches and setting down the Golden Gophers in order to secure the victory.
UCLA will be on the road all of next week, traveling to Santa Barbara on Tuesday to face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 6 p.m. The Bruins will then make their first ever visit to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears in a three-game set starting on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4:35 p.m. PT.
Game Notes: With the win, Grant Watson improved to 9-1 as a starter...UCLA's six runs in the first inning are the most they have scored in one inning since the 2012 squad put up seven runs vs. Cal State Northridge on April 17...today marked the first time since March 23 and 24 of 2012 that the Bruins have scored double digit runs in back-to-back games...the Bruins' total of 30 runs this weekend was the most they have scored in a three-game series since the 2012 team scored 30 at Utah from March 30 to April 1.