Feb. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 17 UCLA baseball team recorded its third straight win Tuesday night, defeating Long Beach State, 9-1, while allowing a season-low two hits at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Grant Watson (2-0) earned the win, allowing one run and one hit in four predetermined innings. Five relief pitchers combined to limit Long Beach State (4-4) to one hit through the final five frames.
The Bruins jumped ahead with a five-run first inning, taking advantage of two Long Beach State fielding errors, one pair of walks and one hit batter. UCLA followed with two runs in the second inning and one in the third to lead, 8-0.
Long Beach State (4-4) got on the board with one run in the top of the fourth inning, before UCLA scored its ninth run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Brown, Gelalich and Tyler Heineman each hit safely, extending their hitting streaks to eight games. Brown recorded two hits for the fifth consecutive game, going 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Gelalich went 2-for-4 with a game-high three runs and one RBI.
Pat Gallagher made his first career start at first base and went 1-for-2 with a team-leading three RBI.
Long Beach State's Matt Johnson (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) and two hits in 0.1 innings as the Dirtbags' starting pitcher.
UCLA opened the scoring in the first inning when Trevor Brown's sacrifice fly was dropped by Juan Avila with the bases loaded, sending home Amaral from third base. UCLA scored one run on each of the next four at-bats - a walk by Cody Regis, a fielding error on a grounder hit by Pat Valaika, a walk by Gallagher and a single up the middle by Kevin Williams.
The Bruins' bullpen featured one scoreless inning from Chase Brewer, Shane Zeile, David Berg, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs. Deeter recorded a team-best three strikeouts in the top of the eighth inning.
UCLA returns to action against Sacramento State on Friday, March 2, when the Bruins open a three-game home series against Hornets. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Jeff Gelalich, Tyler Heineman and Cody Keefer have hit safely in all eight games...Grant Watson made his second career start, both coming in midweek contests ... UCLA has won five of its last seven contests against Long Beach State (dating back to the start of the 2009 season) ... Shane Zeile made his first collegiate appearance as a pitcher after having played in five games as a position player ... Jeff Gelalich raised his batting average to a team-leading .419 mark with a 2-for-4 effort on Tuesday.