April 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA baseball team dropped an 8-3 decision to No. 22 Oregon before 1,237 fans at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium in a Pac-12 contest on Friday night.
Oregon (20-8, 8-3 Pac-12) earned a series victory against the Bruins (20-7, 7-4) after having won Thursday night's series opener, 6-2. Friday's defeat marked the first time this season in which UCLA lost consecutive games.
The visiting Ducks broke a 1-1 tie with one run in the fourth inning, before adding four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to secure an 8-1 cushion.
Jake Reed (3-2) earned the win for Oregon, allowing three runs and four hits in six innings. Joey Housey notched his first save, scattering two hits through three scoreless innings.
Brett Thomas went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI to lead the Ducks at the plate. Ryon Healy went 2-for-5 with one double, two RBI and one run.
UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig (3-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering eight runs and 10 hits in 5.1 innings. David Berg logged a career-high seven strikeouts in relief, allowing one hit and one walk in 3.2 scoreless innings.
Cody Keefer and Cody Regis recorded multiple hits for UCLA. Keefer went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Regis went 2-for-4. Beau Amaral extended his hitting streak to a team-leading 13 games, going 1-for-4 with one double and one run.
Leading 2-1 after four innings, Oregon scored four two-out runs in the fifth to push its margin to 6-1. With two outs and one runner at second base, Aaron Payne singled through the left side to score Brett Hambright. After stealing two bases, Payne scored from third on Aaron Jones' double into the left field corner. Healy lifted a fly ball that fell untouched in right-center field, sending home Jones. Thomas' two-out single to left field plated Healy.
Connor Hofmann belted a two-run homer to right field with one out in the sixth inning to hand Oregon an 8-1 lead.
UCLA closed the gap to 8-3 with one run in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh.
The Bruins conclude their three-game series against Oregon on Saturday afternoon. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 12 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under).
Game Notes: UCLA's record dropped to 6-2 this season in the second game of a three-game weekend series ... David Berg recorded seven of his 11 outs in relief as strikeouts ... the Bruins' record in weekend series this season stands at 6-2 ... Tyler Heineman has hit safely in each of UCLA's last nine games.