No. 5 UCLA Baseball Outlasts No. 17 Arizona, 6-3, in 10 Innings
April 23, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Right-hander Gerrit Cole registered 10 strikeouts and no walks in a season-high eight innings to lead the No. 5 UCLA baseball team past No. 17 Arizona, 6-3, in 10 innings before 1,050 at Jerry Kindall Field on Friday evening.
UCLA tied the game, 2-2, with two outs in the top of the ninth before scoring four two-out runs in the 10th inning. The Bruins (28-6, 6-4 Pac-10) improved to 3-0 in extra-inning contests and notched their first victory this spring when trailing after eight innings.
Cole allowed two runs and seven hits through eight innings and did not earn a decision.
Dunlap initiated UCLA's comeback against Arizona (27-10, 7-6) with a one-out single up the middle. A groundout to third by right fielder Brett Krill moved pinch-runner Adrian Williams to second base. With two outs, first baseman Dean Espy grounded a ball to third base that was misplayed by Seth Mejias-Brean and bounced into shallow left field, allowing Williams to score the game-tying run from third.
UCLA broke through with four two-out runs in the top of the 10th. Center fielder Chris Giovinazzo reached on a fielding error by Mejias-Brean to open the frame before moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla was walked intentionally and third baseman Cody Regis was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Right fielder Brett Krill drew a full-count walk with two outs on an eight-pitch at-bat, scoring Giovinazzo.
Espy followed with a bases-clearing double down the left-field line, sending home Rahmatulla, Regis and Krill to push UCLA ahead by a 6-2 margin.
Right-hander Dan Klein (3-0) earned the victory in relief of Cole, allowing one run in the 10th inning and holding Arizona to two hits through two innings. Arizona left-hander Augey Bill (1-1) was charged with the loss in relief, allowing three runs (all unearned) in two-thirds of an inning.
Center fielder Beau Amaral and Dunlap each went 2-for-3 as the only Bruins to record two or more hits in the Pac-10 victory. Espy went 1-for-3 with a game-high three RBI.
Arizona recieved two-hit efforts from Mejias-Brean (2-for-4, two runs) and left fielder Bobby Rinard (2-for-3, one RBI).
UCLA claimed a 1-0 lead with one two-out run in the fourth. Regis drew a walk after being down in the count 0-and-2. After a single by Dunlap pushed Regis to third, right fielder Jeff Gelalich lined a run-scoring single to right field.
Arizona scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to lead, 2-1. With designated hitter Bobby Brown aboard first base and one out, Mejias-Brean singled up the middle, moving Brown to third base. A base-hit up the middle by Rinard scored Brown before a sacrifice fly to center by shortstop Alex Mejia plated Mejias-Brian.
UCLA and Arizona continue their three-game Pac-10 series Saturday. Game time Arizona's Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium is slated for 6 p.m. Bruins' right-hander Trevor Bauer (5-2) will take the hill against Wildcats' right-hander Kyle Simon (6-3).
Game Notes: UCLA has won nine of its last 13 games at Arizona's Kindall Field ... the Bruins improved their record to 6-2 this season against top-25 ranked teams (Baseball America) ... Cody Regis extended his hitting streak to six games and Blair Dunlap pushed his hitting streak to five games ... the Bruins have won each of their three extra-inning games this season ... Gerrit Cole lowered his ERA to 2.89 and remained in the Pac-10 strikeout lead, extending his season total to 86 punchouts ... Dean Espy recorded his team-leading ninth multiple-RBI game of the season, his fourth game with three or more RBI - Espy currently leads the Bruins with 32 RBI and a .385 batting average.
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