No. 3 UCLA Baseball Outlasts No. 17 Oregon State, 3-1, in 16 Innings
April 10, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Catcher Steve Rodriguez went 4-for-8 with a game-winning two-run single in the top of the 16th inning to snap a 1-1 tie and lead the No. 3 UCLA baseball team past No. 17 Oregon State, 3-1, in a 16-inning game that lasted six hours and 23 minutes before 2,974 fans at Goss Stadium.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched 7.1 scoreless innings for the Bruins (24-3, 3-2 Pac-10), recording eight strikeouts and one walk while limiting the host Beavers (20-7, 3-2 Pac-10) to six hits. Right-hander Garett Claypool (4-1) excelled in relief, allowing one hit through 4.2 scoreless innings, to secure the victory. Claypool registered five strikeouts and one walk in his longest career relief outing.
Oregon State right-hander Ryan Gorton (3-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs and six hits through five innings of relief. Left-hander Tanner Robles allowed one run and five hits in 6.1 innings as the Beavers' starter.
Rodriguez's single in the 16th inning came after neither team was able to score with runners in scoring position in successive extra innings. The Bruins stranded 22 runners on base, while Oregon State had 17 left aboard the bases.
Right fielder Brett Krill, who went 2-for-6 with one double and one run, opened the 16th inning with a single to right field and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Adrian Williams. Krill was safe at third base on a fielder's choice grounded to shortstop by center field Beau Amaral. After pinch-hitter Jeff Gelalich drew a walk to load the bases, Rodriguez lined the Bruins' game-winning single to right. Claypool retired the side in order in the bottom half of the 16th to earn his first victory in relief, his fourth overall this season.
UCLA led, 1-0, entering the bottom of the ninth before Oregon State tied the game in the inning's first two at-bats. The Beavers opened the frame with a double to center field by first baseman Danny Hayes. Pinch-running for Hayes at second, Tyler Smith scored on the next at-bat on a base-hit to center field by Berberet.
The Bruins claimed their first lead with one run in the top of the fifth inning. Shortstop Niko Gallego, who finished 2-for-9, reached on a single to center and moved to third base on a double by left fielder Cody Keefer. A groundout to second base by second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla scored Gallego.
Two standout plays by UCLA helped keep Oregon State scoreless in the bottom of the fifth. With Hayes aboard second base and nobody out, Gallego smothered a ground ball in the hole hit by Berberet and tossed to third baseman Cody Regis, who applied the tag on Hayes. After Berberet advanced to second on a wild pitch, Carter Bell singled through the left side before Berberet was tagged out at the plate on a perfect throw from Keefer, ending the inning.
In all, UCLA sent 16 different players to bat while four Bruin pitchers combined to strike out 18 batters in 16 innings. Oregon State used 15 position players in the batting lineup and eight pitchers.
UCLA and Oregon State conclude their Pac-10 series on Sunday afternoon. Game time at Goss Stadium is 12 p.m. Fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action online via GameTracker, available at uclabruins.com
Game Notes: After allowing just one run through 16 innings, UCLA's pitching staff lowered its league-best ERA to a 2.38 mark ... Trevor Bauer, despite not receiving a decision, lowered his ERA to 1.95 ... Dan Klein allowed his first run of the season - Klein has surrendered one run in 22.1 innings (0.40 ERA) ... Niko Gallego (9 at-bats), Cody Keefer (6), Brett Krill (6), Justin Uribe (7) and Steve Rodriguez (8) each registered career-highs in the at-bat category ... Rodriguez notched a career-high four hits ... UCLA improved to 2-0 this season in extra-inning games.
Notes on the Game's Length: Saturday's 16-inning game lasted six hours and 23 minutes, which is 40 minutes shorter than the 25-inning game between Texas and Boston College in the 2009 NCAA Austin Regional - 25 innings is the NCAA record, as that contest lasted seven hours and three minutes ... the longest Major League Baseball game to go into extra innings was the May 8, 1984 game between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers - that game lasted eight hours and six minutes and featured 25 innings ... the longest professional game came at the Triple-A level, featuring Pawtucket and Rochester in 1981 - that game went 33 innings and took eight hours and 25 minute to complete ... the Bruins have not played a 16-inning game or longer since prior to the 2001 season.
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