June 17, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - The UCLA baseball team dropped a 4-0 decision to Arizona in a winner's bracket contest of the College World Series before 19,198 on Sunday evening at TD Ameritrade Park.
Konner Wade (10-3) pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits against the Bruins (48-15). UCLA saw its 10-game winning streak snapped, losing for just the third time in its last 23 games.
UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig (10-4) absorbed the loss, surrendering four runs and six hits in 6.1 innings. The right-hander from Oakdale, Calif., registered eight strikeouts and one walk.
"You've got to give Konner Wade a lot of credit," head coach John Savage said. "He pitched really well. It's just a credit to him. He pitched as well as anyone that we have faced all year. We were uncharacteristically impatient."
Arizona (45-17) got its first baserunner with one out in the fourth inning, stringing together five consecutive hits. Seth Mejias-Brean lined a two-run single to right field, and Bobby Brown belted a two-run double to right to put Arizona ahead, 4-0.
Prior to allowing a single to Johnny Field in the fourth, Vander Tuig had retired Arizona's first 10 batters.
"I thought Nick threw the ball extremely well," Savage added. "Five hits in a row was the difference in the ballgame."
The Bruins did not reach base safely until the top of the fifth inning, when Pat Valaika lined a two-out single to right field. Cody Regis and Kevin Kramer each followed with base hits, loading the bases, before Kevin Williams flew out to left field.
Vander Tuig, along with relief pitchers Grant Watson and David Berg, allowed Arizona's hitters to reach base in the fifth and seventh innings. Other than Arizona's four-run fifth inning, Vander Tuig limited the Wildcats to one base-hit in the seventh.
The Bruins return to action against Florida State (49-16) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (PT) in an elimination game at the College World Series.
UCLA will serve as the visiting team against the Seminoles. The winner of that game will take on Arizona on Thursday at 2 p.m. (PT). UCLA's game on Tuesday evening will be televised by ESPN.
Game Notes: UCLA's record in all road/neutral site games fell to 21-5 ... the Bruins had won their 10 previous games (last loss came at California on May 22) ... David Berg pitched 1.1 hitless innings, making his nation-leading 49th appearance ... Berg ranks third on the NCAA Division I all-time single-season appearances list, trailing record-holder Connor Falkenbach by two (had 51 appearances for Florida in 2005) ... Grant Watson record one out on one pitch in relief of Nick Vander Tuig, who absorbed his first loss since UCLA was last shut out (April 21 at Oregon State) ... Sunday's loss marked the fifth game in UCLA's 63 contests this season in which the Bruins did not draw any walks at the plate.