April 22, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team lost the series finale to Oregon State, 7-6, in a Pac-12 game Sunday afternoon before 2,459 at Goss Stadium.
UCLA (26-10, 11-7 Pac-12) tied the contest, 4-4, with two runs in the top of the seventh before Oregon State (26-12, 8-7) broke through with three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
The Bruins scored twice in the top of the ninth, standing two runners on base to end the game. UCLA ran into an unusual baserunning blunder with no outs early in the frame. With Cody Regis at second and Zeile at first, Chris Keck grounded a single to right field. Regis stopped at third on the play, and Zeile was thrown out attempting to advance from first to third base. The inning continued with UCLA scoring two runs off two more hits, before Jeff Gelalich flied out to deep left field with two runners on base, ending the game.
Oregon State's Tony Bryant (4-1) earned the win pitching in relief, allowing two runs and six hits in 2.1 innings. UCLA's David Berg (4-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs and two hits in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Oregon State capitalized on five hits and three UCLA errors to score seven runs (two earned), clinching a Pac-12 series victory over the Bruins on Sunday. Ryan Gorton led OSU at the plate, going 1-for-4 with three RBI. John Tommasini went 2-for-3 as Oregon State's only hitter to record multiple hits.
Oregon State claimed a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning, opening up the frame with a leadoff walk by Tyler Smith and a double to right-center field by Michael Conforto to put baserunners at second and third. A single up the middle by Gorton scored Smith and Conforto. Later in the inning, Gorton advanced home on a passed ball.
The Beavers scored the first two runs of the game, securing a 2-0 cushion in the top of the first. Oregon State took advantage of one leadoff walk, one throwing error and two run-scoring groundouts.
UCLA answered with a two-run homer to right-center field by Regis in the top of the second, tying the contest, 2-2.
The Beavers claimed a 4-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Dunn drew a leadoff walk and Ryan Barnes followed with a sacrifice bunt, reaching safely on a fielding error by Zack Weiss. Jake Rodriguez singled home Dunn, and Max Gordon drew a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to score Barnes.
The Bruins scored twice in the top of the seventh, tying the contest, 4-4. Regis lined a run-scoring single to right field with one out, sending home Trevor Brown from second base. With Pat Valaika batting and the bases loaded with two outs, Matt Boyd delivered a wild pitch, allowing Regis to score the game-tying run from third base.
UCLA returns to action at home against UC Irvine on Tuesday evening. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Tickets to Tuesday's game will cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under). A live audio broadcast will be available online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA's record in three-game weekend series dropped to 7-3...the Bruins have gone 11-3 away from home (includes one neutral-site victory at Dodger Stadium) ... Beau Amaral had a 21-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-3 with one RBI ... Zack Weiss allowed four runs (all unearned) and two hits in 3.1 innings as UCLA's starting pitcher ... Scott Griggs recorded three strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief ... Cody Keefer extended his hitting streak to seven games.