The UCLA Baseball team was handed a sweep at the hands of No. 2 Oregon State on Sunday afternoon, dropping the series finale to the Beavers, 11-2, at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Jace Fry (10-1) earned the victory for the Beavers, giving up two runs on four hits in eight innings pitched while striking out seven. Sophomore Cody Poteet (3-4) took the loss for the Bruins, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings of work. Poteet struck out three as well.
The Bruins wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first. Sophomore Trent Chatterton drew a walk with one out and sophomore Ty Moore laid down a bunt single with two outs to put runners on first and second for freshman Nick Kern. Kern came through on a 2-1 pitch, lacing a triple to right to bring home Chatterton and Moore to give UCLA an early 2-0 lead.
Oregon State would tie things up in the bottom of third though, as with two outs and Caleb Hamilton on second Jeff Hendrix hit a two-run home run to right off of Poteet to even the game at 2-2. After a scoreless fourth, the Beavers went looking for more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Oregon State loaded the bases with two outs off of Poteet for Michael Conforto, but Poteet won the battle, getting Conforto to ground out to second to leave the bases loaded for the Beavers.
Both pitchers were able to keep the opposing offense off the board in the sixth, but the Beavers went ahead in the bottom of the seventh. Poteet walked Trever Morrison to lead off the inning before being relieved by Kern. After a single by Hendrix put runners on the corners with nobody out for the Beavers, Andy Peterson stepped in and executed a safety squeeze to score Morrison, giving Oregon State a 3-2 lead. Peterson beat out the throw on the bunt to put two runners on for Conforto, who then hit a three-run home run off of Kern to open the game up and give the Beavers a four-run lead.
The scoring continued for Oregon State in the inning, as junior Max Schuh came in to relieve Kern with one out. A walk to pinch-hitter Michael Howard put runners on first and second for Logan Ice, who blooped a single to right to score pinch-runner Caylen Clardy to put the Beavers ahead, 7-2. A walk to Hamilton loaded the bases for Morrison, who hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home Howard and make it 8-2, Oregon State.
The Beavers tacked on three more in the eighth, as with Peterson on second Conforto hit his second home run of the day off of freshman Scott Burke to put Oregon State on top, 10-2. Dylan Davis then went back-to-back with Conforto, hitting a solo shot to left-center to give the Beavers an 11-2 lead. The Bruins were unable to score in the ninth and the Beavers earned the series sweep with an 11-2 victory.
Kern drove in both runs for the Bruins, going 1-2 with a triple and two RBI. Chatterton and Moore provided a hit and a run each as well.
UCLA (23-25-1, 10-14 Pac-12) will return to action this Tuesday as they head down to Irvine to take on No. 23 UC Irvine (34-16) at 6:30 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark on the UC Irvine campus.
Game Notes: Ty Moore reached base safely for the ninth consecutive game and has logged at least one hit in eight of his last nine contests…the 11 runs UCLA allowed to Oregon State today was a new season-high…Nick Kern now has four RBI in just nine at bats this season…Kern’s triple in the first inning was also the first of his career…the Bruins gave up back-to-back home runs for the first time since April 28, 2012 when UCLA allowed back-to-back home runs to Stanford…UCLA lost for just the eighth time in the last two seasons when scoring in the first inning…Cody Poteet pitched at least six innings for the fourth consecutive start.