The 18th-ranked UCLA Baseball team continued its winning ways on Tuesday, defeating the Long Beach State Dirtbags, 2-1, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Freshman Grant Dyer earned the win to move to 3-2 on the year by tossing six innings for the Bruins. Dyer struck out two and allowed just one run on five hits in his six innings of work. Cody Marshall (1-2) took the loss for the Dirtbags, allowing one run in three innings of relief. Junior David Berg picked up his seventh save of the year with 1.1 innings of relief for UCLA.
Long Beach State went ahead in the top of the first with a run off of Dyer, but the Bruins did well to hold the Dirtbags to one. After Dyer put runners on first and third with nobody out, Long Beach attempted a double steal. The runner at first beat Shane Zeile’s throw to second, but Trent Chatterton gathered the ball, turned and fired it back home to get Colby Brenner at the plate. Two batters later though, Richard Prigatano came up with a runner on third and two outs and hit a RBI single through the left side to put the Dirtbags up by one.
The Bruins came back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own though. With two outs, Zeile got hit by a pitch and on the very next pitch sophomore Ty Moore crushed a double to right-center, scoring Zeile from first and tying the game at 1-1. UCLA then went ahead in the top of the third after loading the bases again with nobody out. Senior Kevin Williams stepped in and brought home Zeile with a RBI groundout to first to make it 2-1 in favor of the Bruins.
That would be all UCLA would need as Dyer took over from there, keeping Long Beach State off the board for the next three innings. In the top of the seventh, the Bruins ran into some trouble as the Dirtbags put runners on first and second with one out. Freshman Nick Kern came in to pitch though and got Zack Domingues to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat and keep UCLA ahead.
Long Beach State failed to score in the eighth before Berg ran into some more trouble in the ninth. The first two batters reached base on a single and a error before moving up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Alex DeGoti. However, Berg recovered to strike out pinch-hitter Alex Belanger and get Alex Bishop to ground out to third to end the game, giving the Bruins the victory.
Overall, Zeile led UCLA with a 2-3 night that included two runs scored. Moore also went 2-3, adding a double and a RBI.
UCLA (15-8, 5-1 Pac-12) will wrap up its seven-game homestand with a three-game series against Arizona State (12-10, 3-3 Pac-12) from Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30. Game times are 6 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.
Game Notes: David Berg broke Bill Wenrick’s (1984-87) school record for career appearances tonight, making his 120th career appearance for the Bruins…Berg also extended his own school record with his 32nd career save tonight…UCLA had at least one batter reach base in eight of the nine innings today…in his last five appearances (two starts), Grant Dyer is now 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA…Dyer allowed just two hits after the first inning…Shane Zeile logged his third straight multi-hit game and is now 8 for his last 12, raising his average to a team-leading .393…Luke Persico has now reached base safely in his last eight games…since the start of the 2013 season, UCLA is now to 53-0 when leading after the seventh inning and 24-4 when scoring in the first inning…the Bruins have now won 21 of their last 27 midweek games dating back to 2012…UCLA has also won 22 of its last 29 games against Big West opponents…with the win, UCLA has won eight of its last nine contests...tonight's game was the first game televised live by the Pac-12 Networks at Jackie Robinson Stadium.