April 21, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Oregon State in a Pac-12 contest before 2,352 at Goss Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
OSU left-hander Jace Fry (4-2) limited the Bruins (26-9, 11-6 Pac-12) to six hits in a complete game effort, recording six strikeouts and two walks. Fry's strong start helped Oregon State even the three-game series against UCLA, 1-1.
Oregon State (25-12, 7-7) received a pair of three-hit performances from Tyler Smith (3-for-4) and Ryan Dunn (3-for-3), who had a solo home run and two RBI in the Beavers' victory.
UCLA right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (4-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and eight hits in 5.1 innings. Vander Tuig registered four strikeouts and issued one walk.
The Beavers claimed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. With runners at first and second base, Dunn lined a run-scoring double to right-center field, scoring Michael Comforto. A groundout by Dylan Davis sent home Ryan Gorton.
The Beavers made a critical play on defense to end the top of the sixth inning and prevent UCLA from scoring with two outs. With Beau Amaral aboard second base, Keefer grounded a base hit up the middle. John Tommasini stopped the ball on a diving attempt in front of the grass behind second base and threw out Amaral at the plate.
Oregon State pushed its advantage to 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth with Dunn's solo home run to left field. Relief pitchers Grant Watson and Zack Ortiz helped UCLA escape a jam, as Oregon State put two runners in scoring position before flying out to end the inning.
The Bruins won the series opener on Friday night, 4-0.
UCLA and Oregon State conclude their Pac-12 series on Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA was shut out for the first time since a 3-0 loss to San Francisco on June 3, 2011 ... Beau Amaral went 1-for-3, extending his career-best hitting streak to 21 games ... that 21-game hitting streak is the longest by a UCLA ballplayer since 2001, when Josh Canales recorded a 24-game hitting streak ... Grant Watson, Zack Ortiz and Chase Brewer combined to limit the Beavers to three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief ... Saturday's loss snapped UCLA's four game winning streak ... the Bruins did not send more than four batters to the plate in any inning.