No. 9 UCLA Baseball Edges USC, 6-5, With Walkoff Walk

May 26, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Cody Regis drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the No. 9 UCLA baseball team to a 6-5 victory over USC before 1,636 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

UCLA (41-14, 19-10 Pac-12) overcame a 4-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh before snapping a 5-5 tie with one run in the ninth against USC (23-31, 8-21).

The victory allowed the Bruins to stay within striking distance of their second consecutive Pac-12 title. Arizona, Oregon and UCLA finished the day in a three-way tie for first place (all with 19-10 Pac-12 records) in the Pac-12 Conference. Arizona hosts Arizona State and Oregon plays at Oregon State on Sunday.

Scott Griggs (2-1) earned the victory in relief, allowing one run and two hits in the top of the ninth inning.

USC's Martin Viramontes (1-1) absorbed the loss, allowing one run off two hits and two walks.

Regis' game-winning walk helped UCLA win its 18th game in the last 23 meetings against USC, in addition to securing the season series versus the Trojans.

"Coming up to the plate, I just wanted to keep myself relaxed," Regis said. "I knew that the pressure was on him, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning. He fell behind in the count at 2-0 and had to come in on the next pitch. Once the count got to 3-0, I was taking all the way."

UCLA's ninth inning rally began with a double to left field in front of Sean Spear's lunging effort. Jeff Gelalich reached on an intentional walk before Trevor Brown lifted a high fly ball to the left field fence. Brown's hit fell for a single, loading the bases. After Pat Valaika struck out, Regis drew the game-winning two-out walk.

Keefer had a career-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Brown (2-for-5) and Beau Amaral (2-for-4) were UCLA's only other hitters to record multiple hits.

After having been shut down at the plate the first five innings, UCLA trimmed USC's cushion to 4-3 with a three-run sixth inning. Gelalich provided the major hit of the inning, a two-run triple over the head of Spear in center field. Brown followed with a run-scoring groundout to score Gelalich.

In the bottom of the seventh, UCLA tied the game, 4-4, on a run-scoring fielder's choice groundout by Tyler Heineman. With two outs, Cody Keefer grounded an RBI-single into right field, scoring pinch-runner Brian Carroll.

USC scored one run in the third inning and one in the fourth to lead, 2-0, before adding a pair of runs in the fifth to claim a 4-0 advantage.

The Trojans were led at the plate by Kevin Roundtree and Brandon Garcia, who each went 2-for-4. Alex Sherrod went 1-for-1 with a solo home run and three walks.

Andrew Triggs held UCLA scoreless through the first five innings before surrendering four runs in the sixth and seventh inning. Nigel Nootbar allowed one run off one hit and two walks in one innings of relief.

UCLA and USC conclude the regular season with the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under).

Game Notes: UCLA has gone 3-0 against USC this season, and can secure its third season sweep of the Trojans in the last six seasons with a win on Sunday ... the Bruins have not lost the season series to USC since 2005 ... David Berg recorded three strikeouts in a perfect seventh inning, making his conference-leading 42nd relief appearance (UCLA's single-season record) ... Berg has pitched in each of UCLA's last 17 games ... Ryan Deeter recorded all three outs in the eighth inning for the second straight day ... Jeff Gelalich has reached base safely in each of UCLA's last 17 conference ballgames.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
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 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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