May 13, 2012
SEATTLE - Scott Griggs collected his 13th save to establish the school's single-season record, leading the No. 11 UCLA baseball team past Washington, 4-2, in a Pac-12 series sweep at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.
The Bruins (35-13, 15-9 Pac-12) collected their seventh win in their last eight games, snapping a 2-2 tie with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the eighth inning at Washington (26-21, 11-13).
David Berg (5-2) earned the victory by throwing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, making his conference-leading 35th pitching appearance of the spring. Berg set UCLA's single-season freshman record for appearances.
Griggs moved into first place on UCLA's single-season saves list, eclipsing Gabe Sollecito's 12-save total from 1992.
UCLA improved to 16-3 in road and neutral site games with Sunday's win.
Washington's Nick Palewicz (1-2) absorbed the loss in relief, surrendering two runs and five hits in 1.1 innings.
Pat Valaika scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning with two outs. Valaika raced home from second base and escaped the tag of catcher B.K. Santy on a close play at home plate on Kevin Williams' two-out single to right field. Beau Amaral followed with a run-scoring single through the right side, plating Kramer.
UCLA starter Zack Weiss limited the Huskies to two runs and five hits in 6.2 innings but did not record a decision.
Washington tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh on Andrew Ely's pinch-hit, two-run homer with two outs. After Weiss recorded two outs to open that half of the seventh inning, Santy singled to right field and Ely homered.
Gelalich helped provide each of the Bruins first two runs, as UCLA led 2-0 after the third inning. His run-scoring groundout in the top of the first scored Amaral. Gelalich belted a solo home run to right field in the top of the third, notching his team-leading ninth round-tripper of the season.
UCLA returns to action at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday evening. Game time at the Titans' Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif., is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA's 14-game winning streak against Washington dates back to April 26, 2008 ... with Sunday's victory, head coach John Savage has won 17 games (going 17-7) against Washington in eight seasons at UCLA, his largest win total against any team in his tenure as the Bruins' head coach ... the Bruins have won their last six series against Washington ... UCLA has now swept six road series over the last three seasons (2010 at Washington and California, 2011 at Oregon, and 2012 at Georgia, Utah and Washington) ... UCLA has gone 29-10 on the road in conference games since the start of the 2010 season.