April 15, 2012
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.
Arizona right-hander James Farris (4-2) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and six hits in 4.2 innings.
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.