Feb. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Beau Amaral went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs to lead the No. 22 UCLA baseball team past No. 25 Baylor, 9-3, in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins (3-3) evened the series against Baylor (6-1), receiving at least two hits from five players.
Jeff Gelalich belted his third home run in six games, a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks. Tyler Heineman reached base safely in four of five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one walk.
With the game tied, 3-3, UCLA broke through with a five-run sixth inning and held on for the 9-3 victory.
David Berg (1-0) earned his first collegiate win pitching in relief. The freshman right-hander from Covina, Calif., threw 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking one batter.
UCLA starting pitcher Nick Vander Tuig limited Baylor to three runs and five hits in 5.2 innings, striking out four hitters and walking three. He retired eight consecutive batters from the first through third innings.
Baylor's Doug Ashby (0-1) absorbed the loss, allowing two runs and one hit in 1.1 innings of relief. Baylor starting pitcher Max Garner allowed three runs and six hits in four innings, striking out one batter and walking two.
The visiting Bears received one multiple-hit effort, as Nathan Orf went 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run.
UCLA overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, capped by Gelalich's two-run home run to center field.
Baylor tied the contest, 3-3, with a two-run, two-out single from Orf in the top of the fourth.
The Bruins' five-run sixth inning was initiated by pinch-hitter Brian Carroll drawing a walk and stealing second base. Carroll scored from second on a single to left field by Pat Valaika, putting UCLA ahead, 4-3. Consecutive bunts from Kevin Williams and Beau Amaral allowed Valaika to score. Heineman followed with an RBI-double to left field and Cody Keefer scored Amaral with a sacrifice fly. Heineman advanced from third base on a passed ball.
UCLA added one more run on Amaral's RBI-double down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bruins conclude their three-game series against Baylor on Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA catcher Tyler Heineman has hit safely in each of the team's six games, raising his batting average to a .389 mark...three UCLA relief pitchers combined to limit Baylor to two hits in 3.1 innings - aside from Berg's 1.1 innings, Ryan Deeter pitched a scoreless eighth and Scott Griggs threw a scoreless ninth...three UCLA players each logged two RBI - Beau Amaral, Cody Keefer and Jeff Gelalich...Kevin Williams has posted an .889 on-base percentage in nine plate appearances this season, going 4-for-5 with four walks and one sacrifice bunt.