No. 10 UCLA Baseball Wins Sixth Straight Game, Defeating California, 12-4
May 22, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 10 UCLA baseball team earned a series victory with a 12-4 win at California on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a 4-3 deficit in the sixth inning before holding on for their sixth consecutive victory. UCLA (40-11, 15-8) reached the 40-win mark for the first time in a season since going 45-21-1 in 1997.
The Bruins won their sixth straight game and their eighth consecutive Pac-10 contest.
Right fielder Brett Krill led UCLA at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one triple, four RBI and two runs. Third baseman Cody Regis went 1-for-3 with three runs, while first baseman Dean Espy and shortstop Niko Gallego each collected one pair of RBI. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla went 1-for-4 with two runs.
Saturday's win clinched a series victory, marking the first time UCLA has won all of its Pac-10 road series in a single season since the Pac-10 was established for baseball in 1979. Prior to this season, the Bruins won each of two road conference series in 1976 as members of the Pac-8 Conference.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer (9-3) earned the victory, limiting California to four runs (two earned) and eight hits in seven innings. Bauer logged seven strikeouts and issued one walk. The native of Valencia, Calif., pushed his season strikeout total to 116, climbing into a tie for fifth place on UCLA's single-season list with Jim Parque (1996). Left-hander Matt Grace tossed two perfect innings in relief, recording one strikeout.
California right-hander Dixon Anderson (4-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering eight runs (five earned) and six hits in 7.1 innings. Anderson, who did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, struck out five batters and walked four.
The Golden Bears (27-21, 11-12) were led at the plate by shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Tony Renda, who each went 2-for-4 with one run.
Bauer's stellar defense may have proved to be the turning point in UCLA's win. In the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings, with the Bruins leading by one run, California led off with a single to the outfield. The second batter in each frame attempted a sacrifice bunt, which was fielded by Bauer and turned for a double play by Gallego and first baseman Justin Uribe.
California led 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning. After drawing a leadoff walk and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, designated hitter Devin Rodriguez scored on a single through the right side by left fielder Danny Oh. After stealing second base, Oh scored on a two-out fielding error by Gallego.
UCLA secured a one-run lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs. With runners aboard first and second, Gallego placed a sacrifice bunt that was thrown by Anderson beyond third base and into foul territory, sending right fielder Brett Krill home and pushing left fielder Jeff Gelalich to third base and Gallego to second. Consecutive groundouts to second base scored Gelalich and Gallego.
The Golden Bears added two runs in the fifth inning to lead, 4-3. After a throwing error allowed Renda to reach first safely and push shortstop Marcus Semien to third, Renda stole second. A single up the middle on the eighth pitch of an at-bat by second baseman Austin Booker sent home both baserunners.
The Bruins scored twice in the top of the sixth to lead 5-4, and held on for the rest of the ballgame. Regis initiated UCLA's two-out rally with a single up the middle. After Regis stole second base, Krill drew a walk and each baserunner advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. After Gelalich reached with a walk, loading the bases, Gallego laced a two-run double to right field before Gelalich was tagged out at home attempting to score.
UCLA pushed its advantage to 9-4 with a four-run eighth inning. With runners on the corners, Krill lined a sharp ground ball that was misplayed by Renda, allowing Rahmatulla to score. Espy cleared the bases with a triple, grounding a ball hard up the middle that bounced over center fielder Chad Bunting. A ground ball off the bat of Gallego was mishandled by Renda with one out, allowed Espy to score an unearned run.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the ninth, Krill belted a bases-clearing double to the gap in left-center field, extending the Bruins' cushion to 12-4.
UCLA and California conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon. Game time at Evans Diamond is slated for 1 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast on UCLA's website, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey will have the call live from Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif.
Game Notes: UCLA has reached the 40-win plateau for just the seventh time in school history, the first time since 1997 ... the Bruins have tied for the second-most regular-season wins in school history - UCLA also won 40 regular-season games in 1969 and 1997 and reached 41 regular-season victories in 1979 ... UCLA has compiled its first eight-game conference win streak since 1971 (April 30-May 8) ... at 40-11 overall, the Bruins are 29 games over the .500 mark for the first time since May 1969 ... Trevor Bauer improved his career record to 18-6 - no UCLA pitcher has recorded 18 career victories since current major leaguer Casey Janssen (Toronto) graduated in 2004 with 22 wins in four seasons (2001-04) ... UCLA pushed its record to 18-3 in games played away from Jackie Robinson Stadium this season ... with eight strikeouts on Saturday, UCLA's pitching staff has logged 534 strikeouts this spring, the highest single-season total in program history.
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