Marathon In LA Ends In Pair Of Losses To UCLA
March 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - A nearly eight-hour marathon of baseball resulted in a pair of wins for 11th-ranked UCLA as the Bruins beat Washington, 3-2 in 15 innings and 4-0, in both teams' Pac-12 Conference openers Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The day included the completion of Friday night's game, which was halted in the fourth inning due to low visibility caused by fog. That game ended up going five hours and 35 minutes in total, with the Bruins winning on a two-out, bases-loaded single from Christoph Bono.
In the second game, UCLA (2-0 in the Pac-12, 14-3 overall) scored two in the first to take the lead and Nick Vander Tuig pitched a complete-game shutout for the win.
The Huskies (0-2, 4-13) got to UCLA ace Adam Plutko early on Friday. Husky senior Joe Meggs led off the game with a double down the left-field line. After a bunt moved him to third, he scored on a groundout from Jayce Ray.
In the second inning, UW designated hitter Brian Wolfe blasted a long homer to right field to open the inning, staking the Huskies to a 2-0 lead.
The game, which was suspended with one out in the bottom of the fourth, picked back up Saturday with the pitching still mostly in charge. Neither team was able to conjure much more than the odd walk or single until the bottom of the eighth, when the Bruins rallied to tie the game.
UCLA's Brenton Allen opened up by doubling down the right field line and then took third on an error. After walk, a passed ball allowed Allen to score from third. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third and, after another walk, Eric Filia bounced into a force at second to push the tying run across.
Both teams had a chance in extra innings. In the 10th, the Bruins got a two-out triple and loaded the bases on a pair of intentional walks, but a groundout ended the inning. In the 12th, the first two Huskies reached base on a hit batter and a single from Trevor Mitsui, but couldn't push a run across.
In the 14th, UCLA loaded the bases with two outs, but a bunt attempt resulted in an out to end that threat. In the 15th, Husky senior shortstop Ty Afenir led off with a double and then took third base on a balk. Meggs and Ray were hit by pitches to load the bases with one out, but a infield fly and a strikeout ended the inning and kept the score knotted at 2-2.
The Bruins finally broke through for the victory in the 15th. After a leadoff single from Kevin Kramer, a pair of one-out wild pitches moved him to third. After a pair of walks (one of them intentional), Shane Zeile hit a chopper to short and the UW got Kramer on a force at the plate for the second out, but Bono, who entered the game defensively in the top of the 15th, came through with a single to drive in the winning run.
UW junior reliever Trevor Dunlap turned in a terrific performance, entering the game in the eighth and pitching through the end of the 14th inning. He allowed just two hits and no runs over six and one-third innings, striking out seven.
UCLA used seven pitchers, with Jake Ehret (1-0) picking up the win in his first college appearance. He struck out the only batter he faced to end the top of the 15th. The Huskies used eight pitchers. Dae Yang Kim, who came on to start the 15th, took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.
In the second game, UCLA capitalized on an error to score two in the first. With two aboard, a throwing error allowed one to score. Later, with two outs, a Chris Keck groundout to third drove in a second, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Keck led off with a single and Bono followed with a home run to right field, stretching the Bruins lead to 4-0. In the seventh, Eric Falia doubled and eventually scored on a bunt from Brett Urabe to make it 5-0.
UW starter Austin Voth (2-3) went six and one-third innings in the loss, allowing five runs (two of them unearned) on 11 hits while striking out eight. Vander Tuig (3-2) gave up seven hits and no walks while fanning eight.
Husky third baseman Andrew Ely led the UW offense, going 3-for-4 in the nightcap. He was also 2-for-6 in the first game.
The Huskies and Bruins close out the series Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.