Feb. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 14 UCLA baseball team dropped a 5-1 decision to Maryland on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sunday's game lasted eight innings due to a travel curfew.
UCLA (1-2) was limited to one run and five hits at the plate. The Bruins committed three errors in the game's first three innings, helping Maryland (2-1) secure an early 3-0 cushion.
Maryland starting pitcher Brett Harman (1-0) scattered two hits in five scoreless innings, recording eight strikeouts and one walk to earn the victory.
UCLA's Zack Weiss (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing three unearned runs and five hits in five-plus innings.
Tim Kiene provided the offensive punch for the visiting Terrapins, going 2-for-4 with his second home run in as many days. KJ Hockaday went 2-for-4 for Maryland, which earned a series victory during the season's opening weekend.
Tyler Heineman went 1-for-2, scored UCLA's run and was stellar behind the plate. Starting at catcher in each game over the weekend, Heineman threw out all three attempted base stealers on Sunday and successfully picked off a runner at first base in a key moment of the top of the sixth inning.
Maryland took advantage of one UCLA fielding error in each of the first three innings. A dropped pop fly with two outs in the top of the first, a misplayed fly ball to center field in the second and a throwing error on the infield in the third contributed to Maryland's early 3-0 advantage.
UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI-groundout from Jeff Gelalich, but the Bruins stranded the bases loaded at the end of the frame.
Kiene answered for the Terrapins with his solo blast to right field in the seventh inning. Maryland added its fifth run later that inning on a bases-loaded walk, scoring Michael Montville from third base.
UCLA returns to action at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday afternoon. Game time at Matador Field is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast, free of charge, at uclabruins.com, as John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call.
The Bruins return home for a three-game series against Baylor next weekend, opening on Friday night at 6 p.m. against the Bears.
Game Notes: Two UCLA pitchers made their collegiate debut on Sunday...freshman David Berg and redshirt freshman Eric Jaffe...Berg recorded two strikeouts in his first inning of work before allowing two runs in the seventh inning...freshman Chris Keck made his collegiate debut as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth...UCLA lost a three-game series to open the season for the first time since 2006 (Fresno State at Jackie Robinson Stadium).