Huskies Fall, 3-0, In Series Finale At No. 11 UCLA
March 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Washington baseball team closed out its opening weekend of Pac-12 Conference play with a 3-0 loss at No. 11 UCLA Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
UCLA lefty starter Grant Watson (3-0) gave up four hits over six innings and relievers Ryan Deeter, Zack Weiss and David Berg closed it out for a seven-hit shutout. Berg pitched the final four outs for his fifth save.
The Bruins (3-0 in the Pac-12, 15-3 overall) scratched a run in the second to take the early lead. After loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, a Trent Chatterton sacrifice fly brought home Chris Keck from third.
The following inning, UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika made it 2-0, hitting a two-out solo homer to left field, his second of the season. In the eighth, the Bruins added a third run then Valaika singled and scored on a double from Keck.
Washington's best scoring chance of the game came in the ninth when singles from Andrew Ely and Austin Rei opened the inning and brought the tying run to the plate. A Ty Afenir groundout moved runners to second and third, but Berg got a groundout back to the mound and a flyout to end the game.
Husky sophomore starter Jared Fisher (0-1) was stuck the loss. He went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
The Huskies (0-3, 4-14) return to Seattle for their next four games. Tuesday, the UW hosts Portland in a game rescheduled from last week, when it was rained out. This coming Friday through Sunday, USC comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series.