No. 11 UCLA Baseball Falls to California, 6-5

May 20, 2012

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BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team dropped a 6-5 decision to California in a Pac-12 contest Sunday afternoon, snapping the Bruins' seven-game winning streak, before 1,087 at Evans Diamond.

California erased a 4-2 deficit with four runs (two earned) in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure a 6-4 lead. UCLA scored one run in the ninth before stranding runners at first and third base to end the game.

Joey Donofrio (6-1) earned the victory in relief for the Golden Bears (27-24, 10-17 Pac-12), limiting the Bruins (38-14, 17-10) to one unearned run and three hits in two innings.

Trevor Brown led the Bruins at the plate, collecting a career-high four hits in a 4-for-4 effort with two runs. Jeff Gelalich went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth inning.

UCLA right-hander David Berg (5-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs (two earned) and one hit in one-third of an inning in relief.

California's Chadd Krist went 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Vince Bruno went 3-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI.

The Golden Bears' four-run rally in the eighth inning began with Andrew Knapp's one-out run-scoring double that trimmed UCLA's margin to 4-3. The Golden Bears followed with consecutive run-scoring singles from Chad Bunting and Derek Campbell to take a 5-4 lead. With two outs, Bruno lined an RBI-single to center field, allowing Bunting to score California's fourth run of the inning.

With the game tied, 2-2, UCLA received consecutive two-out singles from Brown and Shane Zeile in the top of the fifth inning. Regis followed with a two-run double to the gap in left-center field, sending home both baserunners.

In the bottom half of the fifth, the Bruins escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam. Zack Weiss induced a double play as Mitch Delfino lined out to first baseman Matt Giovinazzo, who tagged out Tony Renda caught off first base. Krist popped up to Zeile at second base, ending the Golden Bears' inning.

Each team scored one run in the first and fourth innings.

Bruins' right-hander Zack Weiss limited California to two runs (one earned) and nine hits in six-plus innings.

UCLA has four games remaining on its regular-season schedule. The Bruins will play at UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. UCLA returns home for a three-game series against USC beginning on Friday, May 25. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday is 6 p.m.

Game Notes: The Bruins have gone 19-4 on the road and at neutral sites this season and saw their eight-game road winning streak snapped ... David Berg pitched in his 14th consecutive game and tied UCLA's single-season appearances record (39) ... UCLA enters the final week of the regular season two games behind first-place Oregon (19-8) in the Pac-12 standings - the Bruins are in third place, one game behind second-place Arizona (18-9).

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