March 23, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UCLA Baseball team (16-4, 4-1) rebounded from its loss last night to defeat the California Golden Bears, 8-3, on Saturday afternoon. Junior Pat Valaika led the way, going 3-5 while matching a career-high with four RBI.
Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig put together another strong outing, allowing two runs, neither of them earned, in seven innings of work. Vander Tuig also struck out four to improve to 4-2 on the year. Left-hander Justin Jones suffered the loss for the Golden Bears after giving up three runs, none of them earned, in 4.1 innings pitched.
After a scoreless first inning, California took the early lead starting when Andrew Knapp reached on an error by Ty Moore. After a single advanced Knapp to third, Vander Tuig induced a 6-4-3 double play from Chris Paul, allowing Paul to score to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead. Nick Halamandaris then hit a solo home run to right in the next at-bat, increasing Cal's lead to 2-0. The Bruins got one back in the bottom of the inning though, when Brett Urabe hit a groundout to shortstop with Shane Zeile on third, allowing Zeile to score and cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Vander Tuig held the Golden Bears scoreless for the next three innings, and in the bottom of the fifth UCLA went for three runs to take a 4-2 lead. With one out, Moore reached on an error by Jones and then advanced to third on a single by Brian Carroll. Trent Chatterton walked to load the bases, and two batters later Valaika cleared them with a triple to right-center to put the Bruins ahead.
UCLA broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four more runs to bring the lead to 8-2. After Zeile and Kevin Williams reached to start the inning, Eric Filia pinch hit for Urabe and hit a double to left-center to score Zeile and advance Williams. After a sacrifice fly by Moore made it 6-2, Carroll walked and Chatterton hit a groundout to short, scoring Filia to increase the lead to 7-2. Two batters later, Valaika singled home Carroll to give UCLA a six-run advantage.
California would add a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Devon Rodriguez, but that would be all and UCLA went on to claim the 8-3 victory.
Overall, Vander Tuig gave up just five hits in his seven innings of work, walking only one. Carroll and Zeile each scored two runs on the day, while Chatterton went 2-4 with a run and a RBI.
The Bruins and Golden Bears (14-9, 4-1) will play the rubber match of their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. out at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sophomore Grant Watson (4-0, 1.10 ERA) will take the mound for UCLA.
Game Notes: UCLA has now won eight of their last 11 games against California...six of the 11 runs scored in the game today were unearned...Nick Vander Tuig has not allowed an earned run in his last 17 innings pitched...Vander Tuig also lowered his season ERA to 1.50 with his zero earned runs in seven innings today...Ty Moore made back-to-back diving catches in the top of the third inning, one in foul territory and one to rob a hit...despite his 0-3 day, Kevin Kramer extended his streak of reaching base safely to 20 games with his two walks...David Berg threw 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief today, extending his streak of not giving up a run to 16 straight innings.