Bauer Pitches No. 23 UCLA Baseball Past No. 20 Arizona, 4-0
April 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Trevor Bauer struck out 13 batters in his third career complete game shutout, leading the No. 23 UCLA baseball team past No. 20 Arizona, 4-0, before 1,057 fans at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Bauer (7-1) became UCLA's career wins leader, improving to 28-7 in his career while eclipsing Alex Sanchez (27 wins) atop the school's all-time wins list. He fired his eighth career complete game and third of the season, scattering four hits while logging 13 strikeouts and one walk. Last Saturday, he threw a complete game to earn the win at Washington State.
The national strikeout leader this spring, Bauer pushed his season strikeout total to 110 and his school record-leading career total to 367. The right-hander from Valencia, Calif., allowed two baserunners through the final five frames.
The Bruins hurled their seventh shutout of the season, the highest total since notching nine shutouts in 1978.
At the plate, UCLA (18-12, 8-3) received 3-for-4 efforts from Beau Amaral and Steve Rodriguez. Cody Regis extended his team-leading hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Cody Keefer went 1-for-3 with a game-high two runs. Cole Frenzel went 2-for-4 for the visiting Wildcats (23-12, 5-6).
Arizona right-hander Kyle Simon (6-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) and eight hits in 5.2 innings. Left-handed reliever Bryce Bandilla allowed one run and two hits in 2.1 innings.
UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After reaching safely on an inning-opening fielding error by Wildcats' shortstop Alex Mejia, Chris Giovinazzo advanced to third base on a single to left field by Keefer. A single down the right-field line by Rodriguez scored Giovinazzo. Keefer scored from third base on a squeeze bunt by Pat Valaika, handing the Bruins a two-run cushion.
The Bruins added one run in the bottom of the fifth, pushing their advantage to 3-0. Amaral led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a one-out single to right field by Regis.
UCLA scored its fourth run of the game in the eighth inning. With two outs and runners on the corners, a wild pitch by Bandilla raced to the backstop, allowing Keefer to score from third base.
UCLA and Arizona play the series finale on Sunday. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 1 p.m. Tickets cost $7 each for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under). Fans unable to attend can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Trevor Bauer improved to 4-0 in Pac-10 play this season ... Bauer moved into fourth place on UCLA's career innings list (310.1) ... Bauer has totaled 10 strikeouts or more in eight of his nine starts this season (and 17 times in his career) ... Bauer lowered his team-leading ERA to a 1.47 mark ... this marks the sixth consecutive season in which at least one UCLA pitcher has logged at least 100 strikeouts (Bauer crossed the 100-strikeout plateau today) ... Arizona was shutout for the first time this season on Saturday ... Cody Regis' 11-game hitting streak is the longest by a UCLA hitter since 2010, when Regis had a 15-game hitting streak snapped in the final game of the College World Series.
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