May 12, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore Chris Keck posted a career-high four RBI while sophomore Kevin Kramer went 3-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team to a 12-5 win over Arizona on Sunday and a series sweep of the Wildcats.
Junior Ryan Deeter picked up the win for the Bruins, pitching a scoreless fifth inning in relief to move to 2-0 on the season. Tyler Crawford suffered the loss for the Wildcats, giving up seven runs (two earned) on six hits in three innings of work. Sophomore Grant Watson started the game for the Bruins and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six.
After both sides went down in order in the first, Arizona took the lead with two runs in the top of the second. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Zach Gibbons stepped to the plate and singled to left, scoring Kevin Newman and giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Riley Moore came in to score on a fielder's choice, making it 2-0 Arizona. The Bruins responded right away though, getting one back in the bottom half of the inning when Keck tripled home sophomore Shane Zeile to cut the deficit to one.
UCLA then went ahead for good in the bottom of the third, going off for six runs in the inning. Junior Brian Carroll and Kramer each singled with one out, putting runners on first and third for Eric Filia. The Bruins called for a squeeze play and Filia executed it perfectly, getting the bunt down the first base line and allowing Carroll to score to tie the game at 2-2. After junior Pat Valaika reached on an error to load the bases, Zeile came to the plate two batters later and knocked in two with a single to center, giving the Bruins a two-run cushion. Then in the next at-bat, Keck smacked a three-run homer to right to make it 7-2 UCLA.
Riley Moore homered for Arizona in the next inning to cut UCLA's lead to four, and in the next inning the Wildcats threatened again by loading the bases with nobody out. Deeter then came in for Watson and did an outstanding job in relief, getting two pop ups and a groundout to first to keep Arizona off the board. Deeter's offense rewarded him with a four-run fifth inning to break the game open for good. With runners on first and second and one out, freshman Ty Moore singled to right, plating Keck to bring UCLA's lead up to five. Three batters later, Kramer stepped in with two runners on and crushed a home run to center, making it 11-3 in favor of the Bruins.
Arizona added a run in the sixth on a RBI single by Joseph Maggi, but again the Bruins responded in the bottom of the inning as Pat Valaika hit his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot off of Tyler Hale. The Wildcats scored again in the seventh but they would get no more and UCLA went on to earn the 12-5 win.
Overall, eight UCLA batters recorded at least one hit in the game, with Kramer leading the way with his three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Along with his aforementioned four RBI, Keck went 2-3 with two runs scored as well. In addition, Carroll, Valaika and Zeile each scored two runs while Moore recorded his third multi-hit game of the season with a 2-4 effort.
The Bruins (34-14, 17-7 Pac-12) will be back in action on Tuesday, May 14 as they take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans (41-8) at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA outscored Arizona 29-8 in the three-game sweep...this is UCLA's third home Pac-12 sweep of the season (Washington and Utah) and sixth Pac-12 home sweep in the last four years...this is also the first time that the Bruins have swept a series with Arizona since 2000...the Bruins have defeated Arizona in eight consecutive conference series...David Berg extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 30 with his scoreless ninth inning...nine of UCLA's 12 runs batted in today came with two outs in the inning...the Bruins hit three home runs in a game for the first time since Feb. 21, 2012 at Cal State Northridge...Ryan Deeter has yet to lose a game in his collegiate career, going 3-0 in 62 appearances...UCLA went 9-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position today...Kevin Kramer recorded his team-leading 10th multi-RBI game today and is now batting .339 in his last 15 games (21 for 62)...before the game, UCLA honored its three graduating seniors - student manager Nathan Corkhill, redshirt junior Ryan Deeter and senior Cody Regis - with a pregame ceremony recognizing their contributions to the program.