Feb. 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 22 UCLA baseball team overcame a 6-4 deficit with four runs in the eighth inning to defeat No. 25 Baylor, 8-6, and win the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Cody Regis' two-out double up the middle ricocheted off second baseman Lawton Langford's glove on a diving attempt and bounced into left-center field, scoring Jeff Gelalich and Trevor Brown to put UCLA ahead, 7-6.
Pat Valaika, who went 3-for-4 with four RBI, belted a run-scoring double to the gap in left-center field, sending home Regis and putting UCLA on top of Baylor, 8-6.
Gelalich and Brown each went 2-for-4 with two runs, as the Bruins (4-3) pounded out 11 hits in Sunday's win.
"The way we responded after losing to Baylor on Friday and coming back with wins yesterday and today made this a great weekend," Regis said. "We have so many guys on offense with a ton of experience, and that's starting to show. I stuck with my plan, used the middle of the field and got one to fall in the eighth inning."
Five UCLA relief pitchers combined to limit the visiting Bears (6-2) to one run and three hits through four innings.
Baylor was led at the plate by Max Muncy, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs. The junior first baseman's two-run blast in the top of the first put Baylor ahead, 2-0.
UCLA tied the ballgame, 2-2, in the second inning before Baylor added two more runs in the top of the third on solo home runs from Muncy and Logan Vick.
Trailing 4-2, UCLA answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Pat Valaika skied a fly ball that fell just inside the right field foul line for a triple, scoring Gelalich and Shane Zeile with two outs.
Baylor claimed a 5-4 lead on a run-scoring triple to center field by Cal Towey in the fifth inning.
Dillon Newman (0-1) absorbed the loss in relief, allowing four runs and four hits in 2.2 innings.
UCLA's Zack Weiss surrendered five runs and seven hits through five innings, recording four strikeouts and three walks in his second start of the season.
The Bruins secured a series victory after having dropped a 15-3 decision to Baylor on Friday evening. UCLA won Saturday's ballgame, 9-3.
UCLA faces Long Beach State on Tuesday evening. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: Jeff Gelalich and Tyler Heineman have each hit safely in all seven games this season ... Trevor Brown (6-for-12), Jeff Gelalich (5-for-10) and Tyler Heineman (4-for-8) each batted at a .500 clip against Baylor over the weekend ... Gelalich had a sensational week at the plate, batting .500 (7-for-14) with three home runs, five RBI, seven runs and four walks (.611 on-base percentage) ... UCLA's offense posted a .341 batting average in four games last week ... Max Muncy became the first player to hit two home runs in one game against UCLA since TCU's Bryan Holaday swatted two homers at the College World Series on June 26, 2010, in a game that UCLA won, 10-3.