No. 17 UCLA Baseball Wins Series Finale at No. 4 Arizona, 6-2

April 15, 2012

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Beau Amaral went 2-for-5 with one double, two RBI and one run to lead the No. 17 UCLA baseball team past No. 4 Arizona, 6-2, before 2,858 on Sunday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field in a Pac-12 game.

UCLA (24-8, 10-5) moved into a three-way tie with Arizona (24-11, 10-5) and Oregon (24-10, 10-5) for first place in the Pac-12 standings, notching a crucial series victory on the road in conference action. The Bruins recorded their seventh consecutive series win over Arizona, handing the Wildcats their first series loss in nine weekends this season.

UCLA right-hander Zack Weiss (2-1) picked up the victory, limiting Arizona to two runs and five hits through six innings in his first start since March 11. Weiss finished with five strikeouts and two walks in his fifth start of the year.

Amaral extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games, finishing the weekend going 7-for-15 (.467) with two triples, one double and five runs scored.

Jeff Gelalich went 3-for-5 with one double, one RBI and one run. Tyler Heineman pushed his career-high hitting streak to 14 games, going 1-for-5 with one RBI.

Arizona right-hander James Farris (4-2) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and six hits in 4.2 innings.

UCLA limited Arizona to just two baserunners through the final four innings. Grant Watson, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs each threw one scoreless inning in relief of Weiss.

After being shut out through the first three innings, UCLA scored in each of the fourth through seventh frames to overcome a 2-1 deficit and assume a 6-2 cushion.

Arizona scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third to lead 1-0. UCLA answered with a run-scoring single by Trevor Brown in the top of the fourth, tying the contest at 1-1.

The Wildcats regained the lead with one run in the bottom of the fourth, before UCLA added two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

UCLA's two-run fifth inning featured a run-scoring double by Amaral, tying the game at 2-2 and extending his career-high hitting streak to 18 games. Amaral advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and with the infield drawn in, Heineman smacked a run-scoring single through the left side to push UCLA ahead of Arizona, 3-2.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Amaral lined a two-out RBI-single down the right field line, scoring Pat Valaika from second base and extending the Bruins' cushion to 4-2.

Eric Filia-Snyder reached on an infield single to shortstop, and an errant throw to first base by Arizona's Alex Mejia allowed Gelalich to round third base and score.

UCLA returns to action against Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, April 17. Game time at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under).

Game Notes: The Bruins have gone 10-1 in road/neutral site games this season, posting a 5-1 record against top-10 opposition on the road (3-0 at then-No. 9 Georgia, 2-1 at No. 4 Arizona) ... UCLA improved its record against top-25 ranked teams to 11-5 this season (as ranked by Baseball America) ... Beau Amaral's 18-game hitting streak is the longest by a UCLA ballplayer since 2005, when Chris Jensen compiled an 18-game hitting streak ... Tyler Heineman has hit safely in UCLA's last 14 games after having opened the 2012 season with a 12-game hitting streak ... Jeff Gelalich logged his 14th multiple-hit game ... UCLA has won each of the last seven season series against Arizona (2006-12) ... in addition, UCLA has won each of the last five series played at Arizona's home facility (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012) - the Bruins' last series loss at Arizona occurred in 1999 ... the Bruins' bullpen has gone 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA and eight saves in 109.2 innings this season (.184 opponent batting average) ... Tyler Heineman leads all Pac-12 hitters with a .432 batting average and has batted .509 (28-for-55) in Pac-12 games.



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Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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