March 5, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 12th-ranked UCLA Baseball team won their sixth game in a row on Tuesday night, earning a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Long Beach State at Blair Field. Junior Brenton Allen drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning to bring in the winning run.
Junior Ryan Deeter earned the win for UCLA after throwing a perfect eighth inning for the Bruins. Josh Frye took the loss for the Dirtbags, giving up one earned run in 0.2 innings. Sophomore David Berg closed out the game to pick up his third save of the year.
UCLA took the early lead in the top of the first, starting with a one-out single by Brian Carroll. After Carroll stole second, Kevin Kramer knocked him in with a single to left-center to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. UCLA struck again in the top of the third, when freshman Ty Moore drew a bases-loaded walk off Long Beach starter Ryan Millison, scoring Kramer and bringing the lead to 2-0. Millison was pulled after that, lasting just 2.2 innings.
UCLA starting pitcher Cody Poteet got into some trouble in the bottom half of the third, loading the bases with nobody out to bring up Long Beach State second baseman Jeff McNeil. Poteet got McNeil to ground into a 6-4-3 double play though and struck out Juan Avila on the next at-bat to escape the inning with only one run allowed.
The game slowed down a bit after that with neither side being able to muster anything offensively until the bottom of the seventh, when the Dirtbags tied the game up with a Richard Prigatano solo homer off of Zack Weiss to even the game up at 2-2. Eventually Long Beach State put runners on first and third with two outs in the inning, but Weiss got McNeil to fly out to center to keep the game tied at 2-2.
UCLA threatened in the top of the eighth, starting when Pat Gallagher walked to lead off the inning. Freshman Brett Urabe ran for Gallagher, and after a Ty Moore groundout advanced him to second, a wild pitch moved Urabe to third with one out. But after pinch hitter Chris Keck walked in the next at-bat, Urabe was thrown out at home after the Bruins attempted a double steal. Christoph Bono grounded out in the next at-bat to end the inning.
After Deeter set down the Dirtbags in order in the bottom of the eighth, UCLA threatened again in the ninth, starting the inning with back-to-back walks by Eric Filia and Carroll. Kramer singled to shortstop on the next play, loading the bases with nobody out. Pat Valaika was unable to advance the runners as he flied out to shallow right in the next at-bat, but Allen drew a walk to break the tie and give UCLA the 3-2 lead.
Berg came on in the bottom of the ninth, but got into a jam by putting two runners on with one out. However, Berg struck out Zack Belanger and got Colby Brenner to line out to right to end the game and give the Bruins the 3-2 victory.
Poteet went a total of 5.1 innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, three walks and striking out four in a no-decision. Kramer led the Bruins at the plate, going 2-4 with a RBI and a run. Sophomore catcher Shane Zeile had a terrific night behind the plate, throwing out two of Long Beach State's attempted base stealers to end threats in the first and fifth innings. UCLA's defense was solid all night, turning two double plays and continually making great plays to keep the Dirtbags off the basepaths.
UCLA (9-2) will return home this weekend to take on No. 22 Notre Dame (8-2) on Friday at 6 p.m., No. 17 Oklahoma (11-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m., and rivals USC (6-5) on Sunday at 3 p.m. All games will take place at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Game Notes: The Bruins won their 13th consecutive midweek game dating back to last season...UCLA had a runner reach base in eight out of the nine innings tonight...Brian Carroll has now stolen at least one base in three of the last four games and is 10-11 in stolen base attempts on the year...for the fifth time in 11 games, the Bruins scored at least one run in the first inning...UCLA also improved to 8-1 when they score first...with four UCLA batters getting hit by a pitch, the Bruins now have a total of 32 hit batters on the season...UCLA also has had a batter get hit by a pitch in all 11 of its games and has had at least two batters get by a pitch in 10 of its 11 games...tonight's game time was four hours and 14 minutes.