No. 9 UCLA Baseball Falls to UC Riverside, 11-1

Feb. 25, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team lost to UC Riverside, 11-1, on Wednesday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The visiting Highlanders (3-1) secured a 6-0 lead in the second inning and held on for the non-conference victory.

UC Riverside right-hander Ryan Platt (1-0) earned the win in his first start of the season, recording eight strikeouts while limiting the host Bruins to three hits in six scoreless innings. UCLA left-hander Gavin Brooks (0-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) before recording an out in the second inning.

The Highlanders were led at the plate by third baseman Ryan Goetz, who went 2-for-3 with a game-high three runs and two RBI. UC Riverside first baseman Brian McConkey was 1-for-4 with a team-leading four RBI. The Highlanders also received a multiple-hit effort from right fielder Joey Gonzales, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

UCLA's Casey Haerther and Tyler Rahmatulla each totaled two hits in the loss. Catcher Gino Aielli drove home the only run of the evening for UCLA (2-3) with a two-out double down the left-field line.

UC Riverside captured a 6-0 lead in the top of the second. Following three consecutive hit-by-pitches to open the frame, the Highlanders capitalized on a bases-clearing double to left-center field by McConkey, pushing their advantage to 3-0. UC Riverside added three more runs in the frame - one on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Bryan Horst, one with a single to center, and another on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt.

The Highlanders added one run in the top of the third and two in the fifth. Third baseman Ryan Goetz drew a leadoff walk in the third, advanced to second on a single to right and scored on a two-out single to left. Two frames later, UC Riverside opened the inning with consecutive singles and advanced to second and third on a double steal. A wild pitch and sacrifice fly brought home two runners to hand the Highlanders a 9-0 lead.

UC Riverside added two runs in the top of the sixth inning to secure an 11-0 cushion. The Bruins' scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs.

UCLA opens play in the Minute Maid Classic against No. 10 Rice on Friday, Feb. 27. Game time at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, is slated for 5 p.m. PT.

The Bruins will face No. 6 Baylor on Saturday and No. 5 UC Irvine on Sunday. An audio broadcast of all three games will be available live at uclabruins.com, as UCLA's Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Minute Maid Park, home to MLB's Houston Astros.

Game Notes: Wednesday's game marked the collegiate debut for redshirt freshmen Mitchell Beacom (1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K) and Erik Goeddel (1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H)...junior Alex Weber-Shapiro earned his first start as a Bruin (first base)...right-hander Jordan Haver made his first appearance of the year, tossing one scoreless inning.


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