March 29, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Trevor Bauer (3-3) earned his second victory of the week, scattering four hits in 5.1 scoreless innings of relief, to lead the UCLA baseball team past Arizona, 8-6, in the rubber game of a Pac-10 series at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
UCLA won the season series against Arizona for the fourth consecutive year, defeating the Wildcats on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. In the series finale, the Bruins (10-14, 4-2 Pac-10) overcame an early 6-3 deficit and held on for the Pac-10 victory.
Bauer notched four strikeouts and issued one walk against Arizona, four days after earning the victory with an eight-strikeout, eight-inning performance in UCLA's 7-2 victory at No. 17 Pepperdine.
Left-hander Gavin Brooks recorded his second save, holding Arizona (12-12, 1-5 Pac-10) scoreless while recording all three outs in the ninth inning. Brooks entered the final inning with runners aboard first and second base with nobody out. The junior left-hander recorded two strikeouts and induced one groundout.
Arizona right-hander Kyle Simon (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs and five hits in 4.1 innings of relief. Simon totaled three strikeouts and no walks.
Left fielder Gabe Cohen led the Bruins at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI. Center fielder Blair Dunlap went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Arizona first baseman Dillon Baird went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
UCLA got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dunlap led off with a double, and after UCLA drew three consecutive walks, scored from third base for the first run. An ensuing balk plated second baseman Eddie Murray, and third baseman Casey Haerther scored on a groundout.
Arizona responded with a three runs in the top of the second, tying the contest at 3-3. With Baird at second base and one out, right fielder Bobby Coyle bounced a comebacker to pitcher Charles Brewer, who caught Baird in a rundown between second and third base. With the baseball in hand, shortstop Niko Gallego dove and tagged Baird before dropping the ball and Baird was ruled safe at third base on a fielder's choice and error. Catcher Dwight Childs followed with a three-run homer to right field, tying the contest.
The Wildcats added three runs in the top of the third - two on a home run to right field by Baird - before a single by Coyle and double by third baseman Jett Bandy handed Arizona its sixth run of the day.
UCLA tied the game, 6-6, with a three-run fourth inning. Desiganted hitter Chris Amezquita scored from second base on a double to left field by Cohen with no outs. Right fielder Chris Giovinazzo followed with a bunt single, moving Cohen to third. Catcher Gino Aielli reached on a bunt to first base, scoring Cohen and moving Giovinazzo to third. A groundout by Dunlap sent home Giovinazzo for UCLA's sixth run of the game.
The Bruins expanded their cushion to 8-6 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. First baseman Cody Decker lined a one-out double to left field and scored on an ensuing triple to center field by Amezquita. Cohen followed with a double to left, sending home Amezquita.
UCLA returns to action against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, April 1. Game time at UCLA's Steele Field Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA captured its eighth win in its last 12 games - the first nine of those contests coming on the road...Trevor Bauer finished the week with a 2-0 record, including 12 strikeouts in 13.1 innings...Bauer surrendered just two runs and 10 hits combined in those two outings...seven of nine players in the Bruins' batting lineups collected hits on Sunday against Arizona...UCLA earned its third consecutive weekend series victory - previously, the Bruins won two of three games at East Carolina (March 13-14) and at USC (March 21-23).