No. 14 UCLA Baseball Edges Maryland, 6-5

Feb. 18, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 14 UCLA baseball team defeated Maryland, 6-5, as three Bruin relief pitchers combined for four hitless innings on Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Bruins (1-1) picked up their first victory of the season and played in their second one-run game in less than 24 hours.

Cody Keefer went 3-for-4 at the plate and Beau Amaral went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

UCLA led the contest, 5-1, before Maryland tied the game with a four-run fifth inning. The Bruins added one run in the bottom of the fifth and held on for the win.

Scott Griggs secured his first collegiate save, recording three outs in the ninth inning on just nine pitches.

Griggs' strong relief effort came after Ryan Deeter and Grant Watson combined for three hitless innings out of the bullpen. Deeter threw 1.1 innings, inheriting two runners on base with no outs in the sixth inning and escaping the jam unscathed. Watson retired five consecutive hitters, notching two strikeouts, in relief of Deeter.

Nick Vander Tuig (1-0) earned the victory in his first collegiate start. The sophomore from Oakdale, Calif., led the Bruins with 28 appearances last season, all in relief, and allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits in five-plus innings Saturday.

Maryland's Tim Kiene provided the big hit for the visiting Terrapins (1-1), going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Charlie Haslup (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Maryland, allowing two runs and four hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

The Bruins scored a pair of runs in the first inning, claiming an early 2-0 lead. UCLA opened the frame with three consecutive singles to score one run before a sacrifice fly by Cody Regis brought home Keefer.

Maryland got on the board with one run in the top of the third inning, before UCLA answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to lead, 4.1

Amaral's RBI-single in the bottom of the fourth pushed the Bruins' cushion to 5-1.

Maryland scored four runs in the fifth inning, tying the contest, 5-5. After the Terrapins scored one run in the fifth, Kiene provided the key hit that inning with a three-run, two-out homer to tie the contest.

UCLA responded in the bottom of the fifth with one run to reclaim the lead. With runners on the corners, a wild pitch allowed Tyler Heineman to race home and score.

The Bruins conclude their three-game weekend series against Maryland on Sunday at 10 a.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.

Game Notes: UCLA's leadoff hitter reached base in five of the first six innings...the Bruins scored at least one run in four of the game's first five frames...Cody Keefer tied his career high with three hits (eighth three-hit game in his career)...freshmen infielders Shane Zeile and Kevin Kramer each made their collegiate debuts - Zeile as a pinch-hitter and Kramer taking over at second base for UCLA in the sixth inning...Vander Tuig made 14 pitches through the first two innings (seven in each) and finished having made 66 pitches through five-plus innings...UCLA's four pitchers combined for 107 pitches in nine innings.



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