The UCLA Baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 6-3 come-from-behind win at No. 8 Washington on Saturday night.
Sophomore Jake Ehret (1-0) earned the win for the Bruins, striking out the only batter he faced in the eighth inning. Troy Rallings (5-1) suffered the loss for the Huskies, allowing two runs in the ninth without getting an out. Junior David Berg picked up his second save in as many nights and his 11th overall with a scoreless ninth inning.
Tyler Davis started the game for Washington, pitching eight innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out three. Junior Grant Watson started the game for the Bruins, surrendering three runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven innings pitched. Watson struck out three and walked one as well.
Unlike last night, this time Washington would take the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Branden Berry hit a double off the wall in left to put a man in scoring position for Chris Baker. On the first pitch, Baker hit a single up the middle to score Berry to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Washington then added a run an inning later, as with the bases loaded and one out Brian Wolfe hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Andrew Ely to make it 2-0, Huskies.
The Huskies continued to score after that, tacking on another run in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and runners on the corners, Ely hit a grounder to second base that looked to be the end of the inning. Freshman Luke Persico fielded it cleanly, but his glove flip went wide of the bag at second and allowed Baker to score from third to give the Huskies a three-run lead.
Watson was able to settle in and hold the Huskies scoreless for the next two innings and was rewarded with a run from the Bruins in the top of the seventh. After sophomore Ty Moore doubled with one out, sophomore Justin Hazard stepped in with two outs and laced a single to center, scoring Moore and cutting Washington’s lead down to two.
Then in the top of the ninth, the Bruins threatened again, getting the first two batters aboard via back-to-back singles by freshman Brett Stephens and sophomore Trent Chatterton. A four-pitch walk to Moore loaded the bases for junior Shane Zeile, who after a 10-pitch at-bat hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home a run and cut the deficit to one. The next batter was Hazard, who ripped a single to left to bring home another run to tie the game up at 3-3. The Bruins would not stop there, as Persico came to bat and crushed a double to left-center, bringing home Moore and giving UCLA a 4-3 lead. An intentional walk to sophomore Christoph Bono loaded the bases and two batters later senior Aaron Weimer plated a pair with a single back up the middle to make it 6-3, Bruins.
Berg then entered in the bottom of the ninth and retired the Washington side in order to guarantee the Bruins their eighth consecutive series victory over the Huskies.
Hazard led the UCLA offense, going 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Moore followed that up with a 2-3 performance of his own that included two runs while Weimer went 1-4 with two RBI.
UCLA (25-29-1, 12-17 Pac-12) will play its final regular season game tomorrow afternoon, concluding its series with Washington (38-15-1, 20-9 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash. The game will again be nationally televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: Grant Watson made his 47th career start tonight, tying him with Tim O’Neill (1976-78) for the fifth-most in school history…Watson also posted his 10th quality start (6 IP, 3 ER or less) of the season…UCLA’s consecutive scoreless innings streak over Washington ended at 42.2 with the Huskies’ run in the second inning...Ty Moore smacked his team-leading 13th and 14th doubles of the season tonight, matching a single-game career-high…Moore has also now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games, logging hits in 13 of those games…Justin Hazard recorded his second straight multi-hit game and has drove in two runs in three straight games…Max Schuh made his Pac-12 leading 36th relief appearances of the season tonight, tied for the seventh-most in a single-season in UCLA history…tonight’s win marks the first time that UCLA has won all season when trailing after the eighth inning…the Bruins extended their winning streak over Washington to 19 games dating back to 2008.