April 1, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Tyler Heineman reached base safely in all five plate appearances for the second straight day, as the No. 6 UCLA baseball team swept a three-game Pac-12 series with a 5-1 victory at Utah on Sunday afternoon at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Heineman went 2-for-2 with one run on Sunday, batting .667 (6-for-9) with three walks and three hit-by-pitches in the three-game road series.
Grant Watson (6-1) earned his team-leading sixth victory, limiting Utah (7-19, 3-6 Pac-12) to one run and six hits in six innings. Watson totaled five strikeouts and issued two walks.
UCLA (20-5, 7-2) registered its second three-game road sweep of the season and has won 18 of its last 20 games. The Bruins also earned a three-game road sweep at then No. 9-ranked Georgia (March 9-11).
Jeff Gelalich went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI, and Trevor Brown went 1-for-5 with a game-high two RBI. Beau Amaral belted his second home run of the season, going 1-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
Utah's Tony Vocca (1-3) absorbed the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in 3.2 innings. Right-handed relief pitcher Kesley Kondo limited the Bruins to four hits through 5.1 scoreless innings.
Tyler Relf led Utah at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two walks and one run.
UCLA claimed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Amaral led off the game with a solo home run on the third pitch of the game, before Brown connected with a two-run single to score Heineman and Gelalich.
Utah got on the board with one run in the bottom of the third, reducing UCLA's lead to 4-1. Parker Morin lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Relf.
UCLA scored one run in the top of the fourth on Gelalich's two-out, run-scoring single up the middle.
The Bruins return to action against Oregon at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Thursday, April 5. Game time Friday is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Ducks will continue their Pac-12 series on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA earned its fourth road sweep in conference play since the start of the 2010 season (2012 at Utah, 2011 at Oregon, 2010 at California and Washington) ... Grant Watson became the eighth pitcher in school history to have secured at least six wins during his freshman season (four of those eight have accomplished the feat under eighth-year head coach John Savage) ... Beau Amaral became the first UCLA player to lead off a game with a home run since Brandon Crawford accomplished the feat at Arizona on April 13, 2006 ... the last time UCLA hit a home run in its first at-bat of the game was on April 12, 2011 (Chris Giovinazzo against Long Beach State at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium) ... temperatures dropped into the high 30s on Sunday morning, along with light sleet and snow, after Saturday's weather featured high winds and 80-degree weather in Salt Lake City ... Beau Amaral and Trevor Brown each extended their hitting streaks to 11 games ... Jeff Gelalich has reached base safely in all 25 games, recording at least one hit in 21 contests.