April 17, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team used an 18-hit attack to defeat Cal State Northridge, 12-4, on Tuesday night in a non-conference game at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins (25-8) received multiple hits from six players, including three-hit efforts from Beau Amaral (3-for-5), Pat Valaika (3-for-5) and Kevin Williams (3-for-4). Amaral belted a solo home run and finished with two RBI and two runs, extending his career-best hitting streak to 19 games.
In a game that featured three lead changes through the first four innings, UCLA scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 12-3 cushion and put the game out of reach against Cal State Northridge (16-20).
The Bruins overcame a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the fourth inning before adding one run in the sixth to lead, 5-3.
Amaral, Valaika, Williams and Pat Gallagher each collected a game-high two RBI. Valaika connected with his team-leading 10th double in the seventh inning to score two runs.
Cal Vogelsang led the Matadors with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Steven Keller, Nate Ring and Michael Livingston each tallied two hits for Cal State Northridge.
Trevor Brown began UCLA's two-run fourth inning with an infield single and moved to second base on Valaika's single behind second base. With one out and two runners on base, Gallagher lined a single to right field, scoring Brown. Williams followed with a line drive single to right, sending home Valaika.
Regis led off the sixth with a double to right field, moved to third base on a bunt single by Valaika and scored on Gallagher's sacrifice fly to deep right field.
UCLA's seven-run seventh inning began with a leadoff homer to right field by Amaral. Each of the Bruins' next six batters reached base via hit or walk. In all, UCLA tallied eight hits and sent 10 batters to the plate that inning.
UCLA right-hander Zack Ortiz (2-0) earned the victory, scattering two hits in one scoreless inning of relief. Ortiz, along with five other Bruin relievers, combined to limit Cal State Northridge to one run and five hits through the final 5.2 innings.
Louis Cohen (4-2) absorbed the loss as Cal State Northridge's starting pitcher, surrendering four runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings. UCLA scored eight runs (seven earned) and pounded out 11 hits against the Matadors' bullpen.
UCLA returns to action at Oregon State on Friday, April 20. Game time at Goss Stadium is 5:35 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of UCLA's games at Oregon State, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Beau Amaral's 19-game hitting streak is the longest by a UCLA player since 2001, when Josh Canales recorded a 24-game hitting streak ... Tyler Heineman extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games, lining a base-hit up the middle in the seventh inning, going 1-for-4 with one run ... Heineman has hit safely in 31 of UCLA's 33 games this spring ... Chase Brewer needed just five pitches to record the final two outs in the top of the fifth inning, inducing a flyout and inning-ending fielder's choice groundout ... Scott Griggs required just nine pitches to record the game's final three outs, in order, in the top of the ninth ... Trevor Brown earned the start as UCLA's catcher, playing at the position for the first time since UCLA's game at Dodger Stadium on March 13 ... UCLA won the season series against Cal State Northridge, having defeated the Matadors, 19-7, in Northridge, Calif., on Feb. 21.