March 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Jeff Gelalich went 3-for-3 with three run-scoring doubles to lead the No. 17 UCLA baseball team past Sacramento State, 11-2, and sweep the three-game series Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Zack Weiss (1-1) earned the victory in UCLA's sixth consecutive win, limiting Sacramento State (4-7) to two runs and four hits through seven innings. The sophomore right-hander struck out four batters and walked three.
Gelalich finished with three RBI, two runs and one walk in Sunday's series finale. In three games against Sacramento State, he went 5-for-8 (.625) with four doubles, five RBI and three walks.
"Our batting lineup has been very strong, one through nine" Gelalich said. "We feel as if we don't have a weak spot in the lineup. Everyone who comes up is capable of getting a hit when we need it. We're feeling good at the plate right now."
The Bruins scored one run in the second inning and two in the third to claim a 3-0 cushion. After Sacramento State scored two runs in the top of the fourth, UCLA answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to lead, 6-2. The Bruins extended their advantage with one run in the fifth inning and four in the sixth.
Zach Morgan (0-2) absorbed the loss for the visiting Hornets, allowing one run and two hits in the first two innings.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Kevin Williams drilled a double to the wall in right-center field, allowing Pat Valaika to score. Williams was thrown out at third base trying to stretch his double into a triple.
In the third inning, Gelalich's double to the right-center field gap scored Cody Keefer, before Brown's single to center field sent home Gelalich.
Sacramento State cut the Bruins' margin to 3-2 in the fourth. With runners at second and third base, Trevor Paine's groundout scored Rhys Hoskins. A hard one-hop single to third base hit by David Del Grande sent home Will Soto.
UCLA claimed a 7-2 lead with three runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth. Heineman had a two-run single in the fourth inning before Gelalich lined his second run-scoring double of the game to the right-center field gap. In the fifth inning, Williams sent home Valaika with a two-out single to left field.
UCLA's four-run seventh inning featured Gelalich's third RBI-double in as many plate appearances.
The Bruins return to action against UC Riverside at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, March 6. Game time is 6 p.m. Tickets to Tuesday's game cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under).
Game Notes: Pat Valaika went 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs, extending his hitting streak to a career-long nine games ... Tyler Heineman, Cody Keefer and Jeff Gelalich have reached base safely in all 11 games ... Chase Brewer recorded three strikeouts in order in the eighth inning ... Eric Jaffe made his second appearance of the season and recorded all three outs in the ninth inning ... Gelalich notched his team-leading seventh multiple-hit game and third multiple-RBI effort of the season ... in three games against Sacramento State, UCLA hit .319 (30-for-94) with seven doubles and 22 runs ... the Bruins' pitching staff logged a 1.33 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 27.0 innings against Sacramento State.