April 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO - Right-hander Garett Claypool totaled a career-high eight strikeouts and no walks to lead the UCLA baseball team past No. 15 San Diego State, 7-3, on Tuesday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, the Bruins (14-19) scored five runs and held on for the victory.
UCLA scored the game-tying and go-ahead runs on a two-RBI double by second baseman Eddie Murray over the head of left fielder Josh Chasse, allowing third baseman Chris Amezquita and designated hitter Tyler Rahmatulla to score. After a fielder's choice, center fielder Blair Dunlap doubled to right field, scoring Murray and shortstop Niko Gallego. A bunt single to third base by catcher Gino Aielli allowed Dunlap to score from third base.
UCLA left-hander Matt Grace (3-2) earned the victory, allowing one hit and notching two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Left-hander Gavin Brooks logged two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
San Diego State right-hander James McLaughlin (2-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering four runs (one earned) and four hits in 2.1 innings of relief for the host Aztecs (25-13).
The Bruins were led at the plate by Murray, who went 2-for-6 with three RBI and one run. First baseman Cody Decker (2-for-4) and right fielder Justin Uribe (2-for-2) were the only other Bruins to notch multiple-hit efforts. Rahmatulla reached base safely in each of his first three plate appearances, recording an RBI-single before drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch.
San Diego State scored its first two runs in the first and second innings, receiving solo homers by second baseman Mitch Blackburn and right fielder Cory Vaughn, respectively.
After Blackburn's solo blast, UCLA tied the contest in the top of the second. Left fielder Gabe Cohen led off the frame with a single through the right side of the infield and stole second base. After Rahmatulla drew a walk on 13 pitches, Murray laced a bases-loaded single into left field, scoring Cohen.
The Aztecs pushed ahead, 2-1, with Vaughn's round-tripper to center field in the bottom of the second. UCLA answered in the top of the third, tying the contest 2-2 with an RBI-single to right field by Rahmatulla, allowing Cohen to score from second base.
San Diego State captured a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, first baseman Brandon Meredith doubled to right field. Third baseman Erik Castro followed with a run-scoring single up the middle.
UCLA returns home to open a three-game Pac-10 series against Washington on Friday, April 17. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Huskies will play on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Live audio broadcasts of each Pac-10 contest will be available free of charge at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Garett Claypool has totaled 23 strikeouts and just four walks in 18.0 innings this spring...Tyler Rahmatulla recorded the longest at-bat of the season by a Bruin, drawing a walk on 13 pitches...Gabe Cohen recorded two stolen bases in one game for the second time in his career (previously, at Cal Poly on March 15, 2008)...UCLA's pitching staff notched 11 strikeouts, marking the 15th game this season in which the Bruins have totaled 10 or more strikeouts on the mound...UCLA earned its first win at San Diego State since April 10, 2001.