No. 9 UCLA Baseball Takes Down No. 11 Arizona State, 4-2

March 18, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 UCLA baseball team earned a Pac-12 series victory against Arizona State with a 4-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Grant Watson (5-0) limited the visiting Sun Devils (12-7, 1-2 Pac-12) to two runs and four hits in six-plus innings, recording his team-leading fifth victory of the season. UCLA's 12-game winning streak was snapped earlier in the day with a 4-3 loss to ASU.

David Berg, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs each threw one hitless inning in relief. UCLA's four pitchers limited Arizona State to four hits.

Griggs logged two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to register his fifth save.

"Grant did an unbelievable job for us today," catcher Tyler Heineman said. "He has no fear on the mound, which is rare for a freshman. He pounded the strike zone early and got ahead of hitters."

Eric Filia-Snyder led UCLA at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run. Beau Amaral reached safely in each of his five plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with two walks, two hit-by-pitches, one run and one RBI.

Alex Blackford (0-2) absorbed the loss for Arizona State, allowing three runs off two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings as the Sun Devils' starter. Three relief pitchers held UCLA to one run and six hits through the final 6.2 innings.

UCLA claimed a 3-0 lead in the second inning, taking advantage of two singles and two walks. With one out and the bases loaded, Amaral grounded a single to left field, sending home Filia-Snyder. A wild pitch allowed each baserunner to advance 90 feet, scoring Pat Valaika. Heineman's groundout scored Kevin Williams.

Arizona State sliced the Bruins' cushion to 3-2 with a two-run fourth inning. With runners at first and second, Abe Ruiz belted a double to center field, scoring Deven Marrero from first base. Trever Allen followed with a run-scoring groundout, allowing Joey DeMichele to score from third.

"It's huge to win two of three games in a Pac-12 series, especially against a talented team like Arizona State," Heineman said. "We played three close games against them. Those games will help make a team stay sharp. Every play is important, and you cannot take a pitch or an at-bat for granted."

UCLA returns to action against Washington State on Friday, March 23. Game time of the Pac-12 series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.

Game Notes: UCLA's pitching staff limited Arizona State to 15 hits in 27.0 innings during the three-game series (.163 batting average) ... Grant Watson pitched in three of UCLA's last four games, earning the victory as the starting pitcher last Tuesday and in Sunday's second ballgame ... Watson has gone 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 32.2 innings ... last week, Watson allowed three runs and 11 hits in 13.0 innings, posting a 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA ... Ryan Deeter lowered his earned-run average to a team-leading 0.77 mark ... UCLA's hitters posted a .318 batting average in the series against ASU, raising its season average to .318 ... Trevor Brown finished the week going 8-for-16 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI in four games.


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Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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