March 30, 2012
UCLA (18-5, 5-2 Pac-12) scored in seven of the first eight innings, led by a 9-0 margin after six frames and secured its sixth consecutive road/neutral site victory.
Gelalich lifted his batting average to a team-best .430 mark, going 3-for-5 with his team-leading sixth home run, three runs and two RBI. Amaral had one triple, along with two runs and two RBI, pushing his hitting streak to nine games.
Eric Filia-Snyder extended his hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Pat Valaika logged a game-high three RBI in a 1-for-5 effort.
Adam Plutko (4-1) secured the victory, scattering four hits through 6.2 scoreless innings. Plutko tallied six strikeouts and issued five walks. Plutko and Zack Ortiz combined to limit Utah (7-17, 3-4) to five hits in nine innings.
UCLA registered its largest margin of victory in a conference shutout since blanking Arizona, 20-0, on May 7, 1983.
James Brooks went 2-for-4 for Utah, while starting pitcher Joe Pond (2-4) was saddled with the loss, surrendering seven runs (five earned) and six hits through 3.2 innings.
The Bruins claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out bunt single by Trevor Brown.
Utah's most imposing threat came in the bottom of the second inning. The Utes loaded the bases with two outs, taking advantage of a fly ball single to left and two walks, before Ryan Cooperstone flew out to center field.
UCLA scored four two-out runs in the top of the third, pushing its margin to 5-0. With two outs and the bases loaded, Filia-Snyder lined a two-run single to center field. With Gelalich aboard third base, Filia-Snyder stole second, and both baserunners scored on Valaika's double to the gap in left-center field.
The Bruins pushed their advantage to 9-0 by scoring two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. UCLA added one run in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth to secure a 16-0 cushion.
UCLA resumes its series against Utah on Saturday, March 31. Game time is 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT. Fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action through GameTracker, available online at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA has scored 57 runs in seven Pac-12 games, averaging 8.1 runs per conference contest ... Trevor Brown, along with Beau Amaral, each extended their hitting streaks to nine games ... Jeff Gelalich has reached base safely in all 23 games this spring ... Zack Ortiz scattered one hit in 2.1 innings of relief ... UCLA has won its first six games played away from home (5-0 road, 1-0 neutral) - most recently, UCLA's 2010 ballclub won its first seven games played away from Jackie Robinson Stadium ... the Bruins have hit .316 overall this season, batting at a .341 clip in seven Pac-12 games.