No. 11 UCLA Baseball Earns Series Victory with 10-2 Win over California

March 24, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UCLA Baseball team (17-4, 5-1) earned the series victory over California today, taking down the Golden Bears, 10-2, in the rubber match of the series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sophomore Grant Watson moved to 5-0 on the year, giving up just two runs in seven innings while sophomore Eric Filia led the offense with three RBI.

Watson scattered six hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking none to improve to 5-0 on the season. He has earned wins in five of his six decisions this year. Sophomore Dylan Nelson took the loss for California, lasting just 2.2 innings and allowing four runs.

In the top of the first, California jumped out to an early lead after Andrew Knapp hit a double to left to score Devon Rodriguez, giving the Golden Bears the 1-0 advantage.

The Bruins wouldn't stay down for long though, going ahead thanks to a four-run third inning. Senior Cody Regis led off the inning with a single, eventually moving to third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt by Brian Carroll. The next batter was Filia, who doubled to right center to bring home Regis. Sophomore Kevin Kramer singled in Filia on the next at-bat, giving UCLA a 2-1 lead. After Kramer was caught stealing and Pat Valaika doubled, Christoph Bono came to the plate and singled to left to score Valaika. Sophomore Shane Zeile then doubled in Bono to bring the lead to 4-1 in the Bruins' favor.

That would prove to be all the run support that Watson needed, as he kept the California offense in check, allowing only one unearned run the rest of the way. In the bottom of the six, UCLA tacked on another run as Regis singled home Kevin Williams to make the game 5-2 going to the seventh.

Neither side scored in the seventh and then in the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins opened the game up, scoring five runs to take a commanding eight-run lead. With runners on second and third and nobody out, freshman Trent Chatterton came to bat and singled to center to bring in two runs. Three batters later, Filia tripled down the right-field line with runners on first and second, scoring another two runs and increasing UCLA's lead to 9-2. Valaika eventually doubled in Filia later in the inning to make it 10-2 going to the ninth. In the ninth, David Berg came on and got a 1-2-3 inning to secure the Bruins' 17th win of the year.

Overall, Filia went 2-4 with two runs and three RBI, which ties a career-high. Regis posted a perfect 3-3 day, scoring two runs and a stolen base. Chatterton, Williams, Zeile and Valaika each recorded two hits on the afternoon as well.

The Bruins will hit the road next week as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (13-7-1, 2-4 Pac-12) from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30 at Arizona State's Packard Stadium. Game times are 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively.

Game Notes: UCLA has now won its last five Pac-12 series dating back to last year...the Bruins also improved to 16-0 when they score more than three runs in a game...for the 11th time in 21 games this season, UCLA allowed their opponent to score two runs or fewer...Grant Watson moved to 13-1 as a starter and has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts (27 innings pitched), bringing his season ERA to 1.13...Brian Carroll's two stolen bases today bring his season total to a team-leading 16 on the year...Carroll has also successfully stolen a base in 12 of his last 13 attempts...David Berg extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17 with his one inning of scoreless relief...all nine of UCLA's starters recorded at least one hit in today's game.


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Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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