May 26, 2013
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore Shane Zeile homered and sophomore David Berg extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 36.2 innings, but it wasn't enough as the eighth-ranked UCLA Baseball team fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 7-3, on Saturday night.
Logan James earned the win for the Cardinal, throwing 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Junior Nick Vander Tuig took the loss to fall to 10-4 on the year, allowing five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings pitched while striking out six and walking just one. Sam Lindquist picked up the save for Stanford after facing just one batter in the ninth.
UCLA got on the board first in the top of the second with a two-run frame. Junior Pat Valaika led the inning off with a walk before advancing to second on a groundout by junior Kevin Williams. Zeile then stepped in and crushed a two-run homer to left, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal would get one back in the bottom of the third though, as Brian Ragira hit a two-out double down the left field line to score Austin Slater from first to make it 2-1 UCLA. However, the Bruins upped their lead back to two in the top of the fifth via a RBI groundout from junior Brian Carroll. Sophomore Chris Keck led off the inning with a single up the middle, and on the next at-bat senior Cody Regis got hit by a pitch, chasing Stanford starter John Hochstatter from the game. After a groundout moved the runners up, Carroll grounded out sharply to shortstop, scoring Keck and giving UCLA a 3-1 advantage.
Stanford again fought back though, getting a run off of Vander Tuig in the bottom half of the fifth. After back-to-back singles to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, Slater stepped into the box representing the go-ahead run. With a 1-1 count, Vander Tuig threw a wild pitch that got past Zeile behind home plate, allowing Alex Blandino to score and cutting UCLA's lead to one. Vander Tuig walked Slater to put runners on first and third with one out, but he worked out of the jam, striking out Ragira and Austin Wilson to end the threat.
The Cardinal would eventually grab the lead in the sixth with a three-run inning. After striking out the first batter, Vander Tuig gave up three straight singles to Wayne Taylor, Brant Whiting and Blandino, the latter knocking in Taylor to tie the game at 3-3. Vander Tuig was pulled for freshman Cody Poteet after that, and after giving up a single to Lonnie Kauppila in his first at-bat to load the bases, Poteet allowed a two-run single to Slater that gave Stanford a 5-3 lead.
Stanford then added two more in the bottom of the seventh, as Danny Diekroeger scored from third on a wild pitch and Blandino tripled home Taylor to make the game 7-3 in Stanford's favor. The Bruins could not muster anything for the final two innings and the Cardinal took the game 7-3.
Overall, Zeile led the Bruins at the plate, going 1-3 with two RBI. Carroll, Kevin Kramer and Keck each added a hit as well.
UCLA (38-17, 20-9 Pac-12) will play its final game of the regular season tomorrow, concluding the series with Stanford (32-21, 16-13 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. out at Sunken Diamond. The game will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: Oregon State clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title with its 4-0 win over Washington State today, eliminating UCLA from contention for the conference crown...the Bruins will finish in third place in the Pac-12, marking the eighth consecutive year that UCLA has finished in the top three of the conference, the only team in the Pac-12 to do so...Nick Vander Tuig started the game off with 11 consecutive strikes...this was only the second time in 15 starts this season that Vander Tuig did not pitch at least six innings...David Berg made his Pac-12 leading 40th appearance of the season tonight, giving him 90 appearances in his UCLA career...Shane Zeile recorded his ninth multi-RBI game of the season tonight.