No. 24 UCLA Baseball Falls at UC Riverside, 5-4, in 11 Innings
April 5, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The No. 24 UCLA baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision in 11 innings at UC Riverside on Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Riverside Sports Complex. The Highlanders tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning before snapping a 4-4 tie with a one-out RBI-double in the bottom of the 11th.
After Kyle Bourdreau lined a one-out double to right field in the 11th, Bryan Horst bounced a double down the left-field line, scoring Bourdreau to lead UC Riverside to a walkoff victory.
The Highlanders tied the contest in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out bloop single to shallow right-center field hit by pinch-hitter Tony Nix. UC Riverside opened the frame with David Andriese reaching safely on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Regis. Pinch-runner AJ Beckley moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on the two-out flare single.
UC Riverside left-hander Mark Garcia (1-1) earned the victory, tossing one scoreless inning in relief. UCLA right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (2-2) was charged with the loss, surrendering two runs (one earned) and four hits in 2.1 innings. Vander Tuig escaped a one-out jam with two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead with nobody out in the top of the first inning. Jeff Gelalich skied a triple to the wall in right-center field and scored on Amaral's ensuing single through the right side.
The Bruins added two runs in the top of the fourth to lead, 3-0. Keefer led off with a double to left field and moved to third base on a bunt single by Trevor Brown. After Tyler Heineman drew a walk on a full count, Williams lined a run-scoring single to left field, sending home Keefer. Gelalich grounded into a double play, allowing Brown to score.
UC Riverside cut the Bruins' advantage to 3-2 with a two-run fourth inning. After drawing a one-out walk, Justin Shults scored from first base on a double to right-center field by Ryan Goetz. After moving to third on a groundout, Goetz scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Andriese.
The Highlanders tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of four walks from UCLA's relief pitchers to score one run. With the bases loaded, Goetz drew a walk to send home Phil Holinsworth.
UCLA snapped a 4-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a one-out run-scoring single to center field by Regis, sending home Beau Amaral from second base.
The Bruins return to action at Washington State on Friday, April 8. Game time at WSU's Bailey-Brayton Field is 5:30 p.m. The Bruins and Cougars will continue their three-game Pac-10 series on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Right-hander Zack Weiss allowed one hit in three scoreless innings as the Bruins' starting pitcher, recording one strikeout and two walks ... right-hander Brandon Lodge and left-hander Mitchell Beacom combined to retire 10 consecutive batters from the fifth through eighth innings ... Lodge had one strikeout in 1.1 hitless innings ... Beacom threw two perfect frames and tallied two strikeouts (seventh and eighth innings).
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