UCLA Baseball Drops Game Two Against Arizona

March 28, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team lost the second contest of a three-game series to Arizona, 19-5, Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Arizona (12-11, 1-4 Pac-10) scored twice in the second inning before adding eight runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to secure its first Pac-10 win.

UCLA (9-14, 3-2 Pac-10) managed five runs and 11 hits, as designated hitter Alex Weber-Shapiro led the Bruins with a 3-for-4 effort, recording a career-high three doubles.

Arizona catcher Dwight Childs went 5-for-5 with four runs and four RBI. The Wildcats also received three-hit efforts from shortstop Bryce Ortega (3-for-5), first baseman Dillon Baird (3-for-4) and designated hitter Shaun Cooper (3-for-5), who led Arizona with five RBI. Baird had one homer, one double and four runs, and Ortega added two triples and three runs.

Arizona right-hander Matt Veltmann (2-3) registered his second victory of the year, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. Veltmann logged two strikeouts and issued three walks. UCLA left-hander Rob Rasmussen (1-2) absorbed the loss, allowing eight runs (six earned) and five hits in three innings. Arizona right-hander Donn Roach pitched the final three innings, allowing two runs and five hits, to notch his first save of the season.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the top of the second, leading off the frame with back-to-back home runs from first baseman Dillon Baird and designated hitter Shaun Cooper.

Arizona extended its advantage to 10-0 with an eight-run fourth inning. After UCLA added one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats answered with a five-run fifth to push its margin to 15-1.

The Bruins added one pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Niko Gallego and a run-scoring single by center fielder Blair Dunlap. UCLA closed the gap to 15-5 with a two-run seventh inning.

Arizona added four runs, scoring twice in each of the eighth and ninth innings, to win by a 19-5 margin.

UCLA and Arizona play the rubber game of their three-game set Sunday. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. The Bruins will send right-hander Charles Brewer to the mound, and Arizona will counter with left-hander Bryce Bandilla.

Game Notes: Designated hitter Alex Weber-Shapiro established his UCLA career high with three hits, collecting three doubles in five plate appearances (one walk)...right-hander Erik Goeddel made his second appearance of the season on the mound, allowing two runs (both unearned) and three hits in one inning...Saturday's game marked the Bruins' 10th home game in their first 23 regular-season contests.


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