The 18th-ranked UCLA Baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Senior Kevin Williams led the way for the Bruins in the loss with a 3-5 game that included a run.
Ryan Kellogg (3-2) earned the victory on the mound for Arizona State, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing five runs on 10 hits. Junior Grant Watson took the loss for the Bruins to drop to 4-2 on the year after giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work. Ryan Burr earned the save for the Sun Devils with 1.1 innings of relief.
The Bruins threatened early on in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with one out off of Kellogg. Sophomore Trent Chatterton then came up and hit a ball sharply, but it went directly to Colby Woodmansee at short for a lineout. Junior Chris Keck went on to ground out to first and the inning was ended.
Arizona State then got on the board first with five runs in the top of the fourth. After loading the bases with one out, Jake Peevyhouse stepped in and hit a double to center to score a pair, giving the Sun Devils the lead. Two batters later, Dalton Dinatale doubled home two more Arizona State runners to make it 4-1 Sun Devils. After a walk put runners at first and second with two outs, Woodmansee brought Dinatale home with a single to left to increase Arizona State’s lead to five.
UCLA came back with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning though. The scoring started when sophomore Ty Moore led off the frame with the first home run of his collegiate career to cut the Sun Devil lead to four. Williams and senior Pat Gallagher then hit back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third with one out. Williams eventually came home to score on a balk by Kellogg to make it 5-2 before Gallagher came around on a sacrifice fly by Keck, lowering the deficit to two. Senior Brian Carroll went on to cut it to one with a RBI double that scored Chatterton from first as UCLA went to the fifth down 5-4.
Neither team could score in the fifth, but Arizona State managed to get another run across in the sixth. With runners on first and second and two outs, Johnny Sewald singled to center off of Watson to score Drew Stankiewicz, bringing the Sun Devil lead back up to two at 6-4.
As had been the case all game though, UCLA came back with a run in its half of the sixth to make it 6-5. After Chatterton led off the inning with a single, he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Keck. The next batter was Carroll, who hit a chopper down the third base line. Dinatale decided to let the ball go hoping it would go foul, but the ball stayed fair and Chatterton came home to score on what went down as a double.
The Sun Devils would score two in the top of the ninth off of Nick Kern though to open their lead up to three. Trever Allen led off the inning with a solo home run off of the left field foul pole to give Arizona State a 7-5 lead. Later in the inning with a runner on third, Brian Serven hit an infield single to short to bring in Peevyhouse to give the Sun Devils a three-run cushion.
UCLA could not get any runs in the bottom of the ninth and Arizona State went home with the 8-5 win.
Carroll followed up Williams’ three-hit effort with a 2-4 game that included two doubles and two RBI. Chatterton also went 2-4 with two runs while Moore went 2-4 with a RBI and a run.
The Bruins (16-9, 6-2 Pac-12) and Sun Devils (14-11, 4-4 Pac-12) will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sophomore Cody Poteet will take the mound in the series finale for UCLA.
Game Notes: Kevin Williams made his first start of the season at second base in today’s game after serving as the designated hitter for his 12 games…Williams also recorded his second straight three-hit game and is now 8 for his last 15 (.533)…Grant Watson retired the first 10 batters he faced…this was just the sixth loss as a starter for Watson (22-6) in his three-year career at UCLA…the Bruins added two more sacrifice bunts today to bring their season total to 36 in 25 games…with his 1-5 game, Shane Zeile has now reached base safely in nine consecutive games...Brian Carroll's two doubles are a new single-game career-high for the senior outfielder.