The UCLA Baseball team played to a 5-5 tie with UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon as the game was called after the 12th inning due to darkness.
Freshman Grant Dyer started the game for the Bruins, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits. Dyer walked two and struck out three as well. Andrew Vasquez started the game for UC Santa Barbara, lasting just 1.2 innings and allowing four runs on three hits and two walks. UCLA used seven pitchers out of its bullpen and they all combined to throw eight innings of shutout baseball.
The Bruins jumped ahead in the top of the second with four runs off of Vasquez. After sophomore Christoph Bono led off with a walk and sophomore Trent Chatterton singled him over to second, the runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt. A fielder’s choice kept runners at second and third for senior Brian Carroll, who then scored Chatterton with an infield single to third to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Carroll stole second on the next at-bat to put runners in scoring position for sophomore Ty Moore. On a 3-2 count, Moore came through by smacking a two-run single through the left side to put UCLA ahead by three. The Gauchos brought in Domenic Mazza after that and the first batter he faced was junior Shane Zeile. Zeile crushed a triple to left-center on the second pitch of the at-bat, scoring Moore and giving UCLA a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second.
The Gauchos would get a run back in the bottom of the second to cut UCLA’s lead to three. After giving up a walk and a double to lead off the inning, Dyer recovered to get the next two batters and keep the UC Santa Barbara runners at second and third. Dalton Kelly then came to the plate and hit a grounder to short that Chatterton bobbled, allowing Tyler Kuresa to score and making the score 4-1, UCLA.
In the bottom of the third, UC Santa Barbara tied things up as with runners on first and third one out, Kuresa hit a three-run home run off of Dyer to level the game at 4-4. The tie would be short-lived though as UCLA took back the lead in the top of the fourth. After Carroll singled with one out and stole second, Moore stepped in and hit his second single of the day, scoring Carroll to put the Bruins back on top, 5-4.
UC Santa Barbara once again found the tying run in the bottom of the fifth. Dyer allowed back-to-back singles to Peter Maris and Joey Epperson to put runners at first and second with nobody out. The Bruins brought in sophomore Jake Ehret after that and Ehret responded by getting the next two batters via a strikeout and a fly out. However, Andrew Calica was able to hit a two-out single off of Ehret to score Maris and tie the game at 5-5.
Both teams’ bullpens were able to hold the other side scoreless for the next two innings and after the Bruins were held scoreless in their half of the eighth, the Gauchos threatened in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman Nick Kern walked Kelly to lead off the inning before Kelly moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Bruins then went to closer David Berg, and after Berg hit Woody Woodward with his first pitch he got Maris to ground into a double play to end the inning. Neither side could score in the ninth and the game went to extra innings. Both teams could not muster much offense in innings 10 through 12 and the game ended in a 5-5 tie after the umpires called it due to darkness after the bottom of the 12th.
Moore led UCLA at the plate, going 4-5 with three RBI and a run. Carroll followed that up with a 2-4 game that included two runs scored, a RBI and two stolen bases while Zeile added a RBI as well.
UCLA (22-19-1, 9-9 Pac-12) will be back in action this weekend as the Bruins host Stanford (18-19, 7-11 Pac-12) in a three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4. Game times are 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively and Saturday’s game will be nationally televised live by ESPNU.
Game Notes: Grant Watson made his first appearance in relief of the season, facing one batter in the sixth…Cody Poteet made his second relief appearance of the season with his 0.2 innings pitched…David Berg returned to the pitching staff after missing the last seven games due to injury...Ty Moore’s four hits and three RBI in today’s game both matched a career-highs…Brian Carroll’s two stolen bases were a new season-high…Scott Burke threw three scoreless innings in relief today, a new career-high…Jake Ehret and Max Schuh extended their scoreless innings streaks to 10.1 and 14.2 innings respectively…UCLA’s one and two hitters (Carroll and Moore) combined to go 6-11 with three runs and four RBI today…four of UCLA’s five runs in today’s game came with two outs...this was the first tie in head coach John Savage's 10-year tenure as UCLA head coach (second in his career) and UCLA's first tie as a program since Feb. 5, 1997 at Cal State Northridge.