April 18, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Freshman right-hander Trevor Bauer (6-3) recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in a one-hit complete game shutout, sending the UCLA baseball team to a 13-0 victory over Washington in a Pac-10 contest at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Bauer pitched his first career complete game and tossed UCLA's first one-hitter since April 13, 1998, when Tony Righetti led the Bruins to a 16-0 one-hit victory over Hawaii-Hilo. Bauer notched his team-leading sixth win and has earned the victory in each of his last five starts.
The right-hander from Valencia, Calif., retired the first 13 hitters in order before Washington center fielder Caleb Brown drew a five-pitch walk with one out in the fifth inning. Catcher Brady McGuire ended Bauer's no-hit bid with a single to lead off the top of the sixth inning. Bauer did not allow any baserunner to advance past first base and faced 28 hitters, one batter above the minimum.
Washington right-hander Jason Erickson (1-4) absorbed the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits in five innings.
UCLA (16-19, 8-6 Pac-10) pounded out 14 hits against Washington (14-21, 4-7 Pac-10), including a two-run homer by left fielder Gabe Cohen and a two-out grand slam by center fielder Blair Dunlap. Cohen finished the game going 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs. Gino Aielli went 3-for-4 with two runs, Tyler Rahmatulla went 2-for-3 with a season-high three runs and right fielder Justin Uribe went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
The Bruins earned their sixth win in eight games, taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Aielli and Rahmatulla reached safely to open the inning before Cohen lined a double inside the left-field line to plate both baserunners. A bunt single by shortstop Niko Gallego advanced Cohen to third before Uribe brought home the Bruins' left fielder with a sacrifice fly.
The Bruins scored once in the fifth before adding two runs in the top of the sixth on Cohen's two-run blast over the support screen behind the left-field fence.
Leading 6-0, UCLA added seven runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Rahmatulla doubled home first baseman Cody Decker, who reached in the inning with a leadoff walk. A two-out single to left-center field sent home two more runners before Uribe drew a walk to load the bases. Dunlap connected with a line drive grand slam homer on a 2-and-2 count to hand UCLA a 13-0 cushion.
UCLA and Washington conclude their three-game Pac-10 series on Sunday. Game time at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. Fans unable to attend the game can listen to a live audio broadcast for free available online at uclabruins.com
Game Notes: UCLA earned its third Pac-10 series victory of the season by winning the first two games against Washington...the Bruins' pitching staff has limited Washington to two unearned runs and four hits in 18 innings on the weekend...Bauer improved to 4-0 in Pac-10 play and has registered 28 strikeouts and just three walks in 31.1 innings in conference games...Bauer hurled the first complete game (and complete game shutout) by a Bruin since Tim Murphy accomplished the feat in an 8-0 UCLA victory at California on May 23, 2008...Gino Aielli's 3-for-4 effort elevated his season batting average to a team-leading .348 mark...the Bruins secured their third consecutive Pac-10 series victory against Washington (UCLA won two of three games each in 2007 and 2008).