March 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 16 UCLA baseball team swept a three-game non-conference series at No. 9 Georgia with a 7-3 win Sunday afternoon before 1,967 at Foley Field. The Bruins (12-3) extended their winning streak to 10 games.
Cody Keefer went 3-for-5 with one double and two RBI to lead UCLA's offense.
Jeff Gelalich continued his impressive performance at the plate, going 2-for-5 with one run. The Bruins' right fielder from La Verne, Calif., went 9-for-13 (.692) with three runs in the three-game series at Georgia (11-5).
UCLA scored three runs in the top of the second inning and never trailed the rest of the way.
Chase Brewer (1-0) secured his first career victory, allowing one run and two hits in 1.1 innings of relief. Brewer, along with four other UCLA relief pitchers, limited Georgia to two runs and six hits through the final six innings.
Georgia's Taylor Hicks (2-2) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs off two hits, two walks and one hit batter in the first 1.1 innings. Brett DeLoach led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs.
The Bruins took advantage of two singles, two walks and a pair of hit batters to score three runs in the top of the second. After Pat Valaika's infield single scored Gelalich, Trevor Brown scored on a bases-loaded walk by Kevin Williams, and Valaika scored when Beau Amaral was hit by a pitch the bases full.
In the bottom of the second, Georgia scored one run after loading the bases with no outs. After a pair of walks and one hit batter, Curt Powell brought home DeLoach with a sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs closed the gap with one run in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Powell grounded out to third base, allowing DeLoach to score from third.
UCLA increased its cushion with two runs in the seventh to lead 5-2. Tyler Heineman drilled a run-scoring single to right field on a full count, before Keefer reached base on a bunt single to second base, scoring Amaral from third.
Georgia answered with one run in the bottom of the frame, before the Bruins scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning to secure a 7-3 advantage.
UCLA closer Scott Griggs struck out three batters in the ninth inning, allowed one single and walked one batter in a non-save situation.
The Bruins return to action in a non-conference game against USC at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday evening. Game time is 6:30 p.m., as the crosstown rivals take part in the third annual Dodgertown Classic. Pepperdine and UC Irvine will play at Dodger Stadium at 2 p.m. that afternoon.
Tickets purchased in advance through Ticketmaster.com cost $7, while day-of-game tickets at Dodger Stadium will cost $12. Parking at the ballpark that evening is free, and concessions will be offered at a discounted rate.
Game Notes: UCLA recorded its sixth three-game road series sweep under eighth-year head coach John Savage ... the Bruins have registered four series sweeps on the road since 2010 (at Georgia in 2012, at Oregon in 2011, at California and Washington in 2010) ... Jeff Gelalich leads UCLA with a .491 batting average and has hit at a .571 clip (20-for-35) during the team's current 10-game winning streak ... the Bruins' 10-game winning streak is UCLA's longest since opening the 2010 season with 22 consecutive victories ... UCLA last swept a non-conference team in a three-game series on the road in 2006 (North Carolina State).