No. 12 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 13 Stanford, 7-2

April 29, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 12 UCLA baseball team lost to No. 13 Stanford, 7-2, in the final game of a Pac-12 series before 1,617 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Stanford (28-11, 10-8 Pac-12) erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the fifth inning before adding one in the seventh. The Cardinal clinched the Pac-12 series victory after having won Friday's ballgame, 7-2.

Sahil Bloom (2-0) earned the victory in relief for the visiting Cardinal, limiting UCLA (28-12, 12-9) to two hits in five scoreless innings.

UCLA's Zack Weiss (2-2) absorbed the loss as the Bruins' starting pitcher, allowing five runs and three hits in 4.2 innings. Weiss finished with three strikeouts, three walks and two hit batters.

Stanford was led offensively by Tyler Gaffney's 2-for-2 effort. Stephen Piscotty, Brian Ragira and Eric Smith each tallied one hit and two RBI for the Cardinal.

Stanford scored six runs, all with two outs, in the top of the fifth inning to lead, 6-2. After drawing a hit batsmen with the bases loaded to score one run, Brian Ragira delivered a two-run single to put Stanford ahead, 3-2. The inning continued with a two-run single to right field by Eric Smith and a run-scoring base-hit by Alex Blandino.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, before scoring one run in the second. In the first inning, Tyler Heineman was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on Cody Keefer's single to right and scored on a single through the left side by Jeff Gelalich.

Pat Valaika led off the bottom of the second with a triple to center field and scored on Beau Amaral's sacrifice fly.

Stanford starting pitcher AJ Vanegas allowed two runs and four hits through four-plus innings. Vanegas exited in the fifth inning after having recorded two strikeouts and issued four walks.

UCLA returns to action at Long Beach State on Tuesday, May 1. Game time at Blair Field is 6:30 p.m.

Game Notes: David Berg made his second-longest appearance in relief for UCLA, allowing one run and four hits in 3.1 innings ... Berg leads all Pac-12 pitchers with 27 pitching appearances ... Cody Keefer went 2-for-4, logging his team-leading 19th multiple-hit game of the season ... Beau Amaral made a spectacular leaping catch in front of the center field fence in the top of the ninth inning, potentially robbing Brian Ragira of a solo home run.

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