No. 9 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 11 Arizona State, 4-3
March 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 UCLA baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 11 Arizona State, snapping the Bruins' 12-game winning streak in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Arizona State (12-6, 1-1 Pac-12) belted three solo home runs, assuming a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. UCLA (14-4, 1-1) scored one run in each of the eighth and ninth innings, stranding the potential game-tying run at second base in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Abe Ruiz went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs for the visiting Sun Devils, while Trever Allen went 2-for-3 with one run. Joey DeMichele went 1-for-4 with one solo homer.
ASU right-hander Trevor Williams (5-0) earned the victory, limiting UCLA to one run and 10 hits in seven innings. Jake Barrett notched his first save of the season, allowing one run and two hits in the ninth inning.
UCLA right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (2-1) absorbed the loss, allowing four runs and seven hits in eight frames. Vander Tuig notched a career-high eight strikeouts and issued just one walk in his fifth start.
Gelalich's home run to straight-away center field in the bottom of the second put UCLA ahead, 1-0.
Arizona State responded with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fourth. Ruiz skied a solo homer to deep right-center field. On that play, UCLA center fielder Beau Amaral lept into the outfield fence and appeared to have caught the ball, before his glove fell off his hand and over the fence as he slammed into the wall. Allen followed with a single to right field before scoring on a base-hit to the right-center field gap from Rouric Bridgewater.
The Sun Devils claimed a 4-1 cushion on back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth by DeMichele and Allen.
UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly hit by Keefer that plated Amaral.
In the ninth inning, Trevor Brown led off with an infield single before scoring on a one-out pinch-hit double to center field by Chris Keck. Barrett induced a fly out from Eric Filia-Snyder before striking out Kevin Williams to end the game.
UCLA and Arizona State will play the second game of Sunday's doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online at uclabruins.com.
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