UCLA Baseball Wins Game Two at East Carolina, 8-6

March 14, 2009

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshmen right-handers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer combined for 17 strikeouts as the UCLA baseball team defeated East Carolina, 8-6, in a suspended game on Saturday morning at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win handed UCLA (5-11) a series victory at East Carolina, as the Bruins won the first game of Friday's doubleheader by a 10-9 margin.

UCLA and East Carolina (10-4) will play their third and final game of the series at 8:40 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, as rain is expected to enter the Greenville area in the afternoon.

The Bruins led the contest, 5-3, through the first five and one-half innings on Saturday evening before the game was suspended due to rain. The Bruins overcame an early 3-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning.

Gerrit Cole recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts through five innings, allowing three runs, three hits and one walk. Cole, who moved into the team lead with 30 strikeouts, was forced to exit the game after five innings due to the rain delay on Saturday evening.

Bauer (1-3) tallied his first collegiate victory, limiting the Pirates to two hits in 3.2 scoreless inning of relief. Bauer totaled five strikeouts and did not issue any walks. East Carolina's Sthil Sowers (1-2) absorbed the loss, surrendering two runs and four hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

In the resumed portion of the ballgame on Saturday, East Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run homer by third baseman Drew Scheiber to assume a 6-5 lead.

UCLA responded with a solo home run to center field by Dunlap, his first round-tripper of the season, in the top of the seventh to tie the game, 6-6. The Bruins scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth before adding another run in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the eighth, first baseman Alex Weber-Shapiro lined a run-scoring single down the right-field line to send home right fielder Justin Uribe and hand UCLA a 7-6 lead. The next inning, pinch-hitter Gino Aielli dropped a bunt with the bases loaded down the third-base line for a single, allowing second baseman Eddie Murray to score the Bruins' eighth run.

In UCLA's five-run fourth inning, Murray led off by reaching safely on a throwing error, and third baseman Casey Haerther was safe on a fielder's choice. After Uribe grounded into a fielder's choice, Weber-Shapiro was hit by a pitch.

Left fielder Dustin Quist drew a bases loaded walk on a full count, sending home Murray, and Uribe scored from third base on a wild pitch. Weber-Shapiro scored on a pass ball on ball four to shortstop Niko Gallego, before Dunlap lined a double down the left-field line to score Quist and Gallego.

Game Notes: The game was delayed at 6:50 p.m. (ET) on Friday and was officially suspended at 7:33 p.m. (ET)...the contest was resumed in the middle of the sixth inning at 9:32 a.m. (ET) on Saturday...Alex Weber-Shapiro recorded his first hit and first RBI as a Bruin with an RBI-single to right field in the top of the eighth inning...center fielder Blair Dunlap extended his hitting streak to a career-long and team season-high 11 games... Gerrit Cole's total of 12 strikeouts is the most in a single game by any Bruin since Gavin Brooks logged 12 strikeouts at Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA Super Regional contest on June 10, 2007.


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