Feb. 21, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Jeff Gelalich led a 16-hit attack, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI, as the No. 22 UCLA baseball team defeated Cal State Northridge, 19-7, at Matador Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The visiting Bruins led 5-0 after the top of the third inning and saw an 8-2 lead reduced to 9-7 after five innings. UCLA (2-2) scored once in the seventh and broke the game open with a nine-run eighth inning.
Six of UCLA's starting position players had at least two hits, with Pat Valaika going 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs. Making his first career start as UCLA's first baseman, Shane Zeile went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run. In all, the Bruins totaled 10 extra-base hits - three home runs, two bases-clearing triples and five doubles.
UCLA's defense turned a triple play in the bottom of the fourth. With runners at first and second base, Cal Vogelsang grounded a ball sharply toward third base. UCLA's Cody Regis fielded the ball, stepped on the base and fired to second baseman Kevin Kramer for the second out. Kramer threw to first base, where Vogelsang was initially called safe before the umpires ruled that first-base runner Alexis Mercado had interfered as a baserunner.
Zack Ortiz (1-0) earned the victory, allowing three unearned runs and two hits in two innings of relief of starting pitcher Grant Watson. David Berg struck out four batters in two scoreless innings of relief, before Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs each threw one scoreless inning.
Tyler Heineman opened the scoring for UCLA, belting his first career home run, a two-run live drive shot to right field, with one out in the third inning. Trevor Brown followed later that inning with a two-out, three-RBI double. Brown finished the game going 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Cal State Northridge's Todd Eskelin went 1-for-3 with one three-run home run and two runs.
Harper White (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs while walking three batters and allowing one hit in 0.1 innings of relief.
UCLA returns to action with a three-game series at home against Baylor beginning Friday, Feb. 25. Game time of the series opener Friday is 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins and Bears will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Game Notes: UCLA's 19 runs against Cal State Northridge marked the most runs scored by a Bruins' team since March 19, 2010, when UCLA defeated Oral Roberts, 20-4...the Bruins recorded their first game with at least three home runs since June 5, 2010, when they belted three homers against LSU in a 6-3 NCAA Regional victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium...Jeff Gelalich became UCLA's first player to belt two homers in a game since June 12, 2010, when Cody Regis slugged two round-trippers against Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA Super Regional victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium...Pat Valaika became the first UCLA player to score four runs since Cody Decker accomplished the feat in a 15-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield on May 5, 2009.