The UCLA Baseball team opened up its series with No. 8 Washington with a win on Friday night, shutting out the Huskies by a score of 3-0 at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash. The win snapped the Bruins’ 10-game losing streak.
Sophomore James Kaprielian (7-6) earned the win with a terrific performance on the mound, tossing eight shutout innings while striking out 11. Kaprielian gave up only four hits and two walks as well. Jared Fisher (6-4) suffered the loss for Washington, allowing three runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings pitched. Fisher also struck out three batters and walked four on the night. Junior David Berg picked up his 10th save of the year with a clean ninth inning.
UCLA wasted no time getting on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A one-out double by sophomore Trent Chatterton and a two-out walk by junior Shane Zeile put runners on the corners for sophomore Justin Hazard. Hazard would come through, smacking a 1-0 pitch to the left-center gap for a triple to score the runners and put the Bruins ahead by two.
Kaprielian made that lead hold up in the early going, only allowing one hit through the first three innings and retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. In the top of the fourth, UCLA looked to add another run as Chatterton hit a ball that got through Washington’s Alex Schmidt at third for an error with two outs. Senior Pat Gallagher was on second and tried to score on the play, but he was thrown out at home by shortstop Erik Forgione to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Kaprielian got into some trouble as two singles put runners on first and second with one out for the Huskies. He would hang tough though, getting Trevor Mitsui to line out to third and Schmidt to strike out to put an end to the threat.
After a scoreless fifth, the Bruins tacked on another run in the top of the sixth. Senior Aaron Weimer drew a walk and stole his first career base with one out before moving to third on a wild ball four to Chatterton, putting runners on the corners. With two outs, sophomore Ty Moore stepped in and on a 2-2 count ripped a single to right, scoring Weimer and making it 3-0 in favor of UCLA.
That would be all the run support that Kaprielian would need, as he made quick work of the Huskies in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings before giving way to Berg in the ninth. Berg then kept Washington off the board in the ninth to seal the victory for the Bruins.
Overall, Chatterton, Moore and Hazard all had two-hit games with Hazard posting two RBI as well. Moore added an RBI while Chatterton reached base in four of his five plate appearances tonight.
UCLA (24-29-1, 11-17 Pac-12) and Washington (38-14-1, 20-8 Pac-12) will continue their series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash. The game will be nationally televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: James Kaprielian logged double-digit strikeouts for the second straight start and for the third time in his last four starts…Kaprielian has also now allowed two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts this season and pitched at least seven innings for the eighth time this season…in his last four starts, Kaprielian has posted a 1.72 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched…David Berg became the first player in school history to record double-digit saves in two different seasons with his save tonight…tonight was the seventh shutout of the season for the Bruins…Justin Hazard’s triple in the first inning was the first of his collegiate career….Hazard also logged his fifth multi-RBI game of the year, tying him for the team lead with four other players, and extended his hitting streak to a career-high six games…Ty Moore and Aaron Weimer reached base safely for the 14th and 11th consecutive game respectively…the Bruins extended their winning streak over the Huskies to 18 games…UCLA has also shut out Washington in each of its last three matchups dating back to last year and has held the Huskies scoreless for 41 consecutive innings.