April 14, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Beau Amaral went 4-for-6 with two triples, four runs and four RBI to lead the No. 17 UCLA baseball team past No. 4 Arizona, 15-3, before 2,380 at Hi Corbett Field in a Pac-12 game Saturday night.
Nick Vander Tuig (4-2) earned the victory for UCLA, allowing three runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings.
Tyler Heineman went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, raising his batting average to a conference-leading .443 mark. Keefer went 3-for-5 with one run for the Bruins (23-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who remain one game behind conference co-leaders Arizona (24-9, 10-4) and Oregon in the Pac-12 standings.
Amaral extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games, while Heineman stretched his hitting streak to 13 games.
Cody Regis went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in a ballgame that marked the 250th win at UCLA for head coach John Savage, who is midway through his eighth season with the Bruins. Pat Valaika went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
Arizona starting pitcher Konner Wade (4-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in three-plus innings.
UCLA led 5-0 after the first inning and jumped ahead, 10-2, with a four-run fifth inning. The Bruins pounded out 14 hits through the game's first four innings and took advantage of five Arizona errors.
Leading 6-2 in the top of the fifth, UCLA added four runs to secure an eight-run advantage. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Beau Amaral grounded into a fielder's choice to send home Valaika. Regis scored from third and Amaral from first on Heineman's bunt single and a subsequent throwing error by pitcher Vincent Littleman. The error allowed Heineman to advance to third base. Gelalich followed with a two-out single to center field, scoring Heineman.
UCLA's five runs in the top of the first came courtesy of four hits and three Arizona errors. With Amaral at second base and Heineman aboard first, Keefer reached on a bunt single and took second base on a throwing error by third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean that allowed both runners to score. With one out, Trevor Brown was hit by a pitch before Valaika lined a run-scoring single up the middle. Regis followed with a two-run, two-out single to center field.
A two-run sixth inning put UCLA ahead of the Wildcats, 12-2. Arizona scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, before UCLA extended its margin with a three-run eighth inning.
The Bruins conclude their three-game series against Arizona on Sunday at 12 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA recorded a season-high 20 hits, its highest single-game total since logging 22 hits in a 12-2 victory over San Jose State (Feb. 27, 2011) in the second game of a doubleheader ... UCLA has gone 10-5 against top-25 ranked teams this season (as ranked by Baseball America) ... Beau Amaral's 17-game hitting streak is the longest by a UCLA player since 2005, when outfielder Chris Jensen compiled a 19-game hitting streak ... Amaral scored four runs, pushing his conference-leading total to 40 runs ... Tyler Heineman lifted his on-base percentage to a conference-best .538 mark ... David Berg scattered two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Nick Vander Tuig ... Zack Ortiz recorded the final three outs in the top of the ninth inning.