May 8, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Tyler Heineman and Trevor Brown each went 3-for-5 with one RBI to lead the No. 11 UCLA baseball team past Pepperdine, 6-2, in a non-conference game at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
UCLA (32-13) improved its record to 9-0 this season in midweek games, receiving another impressive performance from starting pitcher Grant Watson, who did not earn a decision.
Watson, a freshman left-hander from Bakersfield, Calif., limited Pepperdine (26-19) to two runs and six hits through 5.2 innings. Watson had four strikeouts and no walks in his team-leading 13th start of the spring.
Opening a stretch of nine consecutive road games, the Bruins overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring three two-out runs in the top of the seventh. UCLA took advantage of a key two-out wild pitch and three fielding errors by Pepperdine to score three runs, all unearned, in the inning.
UCLA added one run in the eighth inning, and Jeff Gelalich's solo home run in the ninth extended the Bruins margin to 6-2. Gelalich went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.
Pepperdine's Joe Sever led the Waves at the plate, going 3-for-5 with one run.
In UCLA's three-run seventh inning, Kevin Kramer scored from third base on a two-out wild pitch, tying the game, 2-2. Beau Amaral reached on a single and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error during a failed pickoff attempt. Heineman's single to left field scored Amaral. Cody Keefer reached on a fielding error by third baseman Austin Davidson. Gelalich followed with a base-hit up the middle, and Heineman's tremendous slide into home plate jarred the base loose from catcher James Grandpre for UCLA's fourth run of the game.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on Brown's two-out single, sending Heineman home from second base.
Pepperdine scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to secure a 2-1 advantage. Sever scored from first base on Sam Meyer's double to left field. After a sacrifice bunt pushed Meyer to third base, Bryan Langlois lined a run-scoring single to right field, giving Pepperdine a 2-1 lead.
Eric Jaffe (1-0) notched his first career victory, pitching one-third of an inning in relief of Watson. Jaffe induced an inning-ending groundout with runners on the corners in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Pepperdine's Mat Snider (0-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering two runs (both unearned) and two hits in one-third of an inning. Left-hander Matt Maurer limited UCLA to two runs (one earned) and six hits in 6.1 innings as the Waves' starting pitcher.
UCLA returns to action with a three-game Pac-12 series against Washington this weekend. The Bruins will face Washington at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, on Friday at 6 p.m. The second and third games of the series will be played at Washington's Husky Ballpark on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), respectively.
Game Notes: The Bruins have gone 13-3 away from home this season (includes on neutral-site victory against USC at Dodger Stadium) ... UCLA improved its record in non-conference games to 20-4 ... the Bruins have posted a 12-1 record in games in which Grant Watson has started ... Trevor Brown made his debut in the outfield for UCLA, moving to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning - Brown has played at first base, second base, third base, right field and as the team's catcher in his three seasons at UCLA ... the Bruins have won their last six games against Pepperdine ... Jeff Gelalich's brother, freshman Matt Gelalich, started in center field for Pepperdine.