No. 11 Bruins Beat Washington, 11-3
May 12, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington's Jacob Lamb was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, but it wasn't enough as No. 11 UCLA baseball team beat the Huskies, 11-3, Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
The Bruins moved into third place in the Pac-12 as their record improved to 34-13 overall and 14-9 in the conference. Washington fell to 26-20 overall and 11-12 in Pac-12 play.
The Huskies, who were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss Friday, got on the board early on Saturday. In the second inning, Chase Anselment led off with a single. A would-be double-play grounder to third from Branden Berry turned into a break for the Huskies as the throw to second was high, putting runners at the corners with no outs. Trevor Mitsui followed with a double-play grounder to third, allowing Anselment to come home with the game's first run.
The Bruins drew even in the top of the third. With two outs and runners at the corners thanks to a single and a hit batter, UCLA catcher Tyler Heineman surprised the Huskies with a bunt down third-base line, scoring Cody Regis to knot the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, Jayce Ray led off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Lamb, the Huskies' third baseman, lined a home run down the right-field line, his third of the season, to move Washington back in front at 3-1.
Bruins slugger Jeff Gelalich answered with a leadoff homer to open the fourth, his eighth of the season, cutting the lead to 3-2. The Bruins went on to put two more aboard on a single and a hit batter before an infield single from Brenton Allen brought home Trevor Brown. Kevin Williams and Beau Amaral followed with singles, each driving in a run to put the Bruins in front, 5-3.
UCLA added to its lead in the fifth. After loading the bases on a pair of infield singles and a walk, the Bruins got a one-out, pinch-hit single up the middle from Shane Zeile, tacking on two more runs. After reloading the bases on a hit batter, an Amaral sacrifice fly brought home another, pushing the UCLA advantage to 8-3.
The Bruins put another three on the board in the sixth as two-out singles from Pat Valaika and Chris Keck drove in one and two runs, respectively.
UCLA starter Nick Vander Tuig (7-3) earned the victory. In his six innings of work, he limited the UW to three runs (two earned) on 10 hits and no walks while striking out three. Husky freshman starter Tyler Davis (2-3) took the loss, givingup four runs on five hits over three and one-third.
Freshman DH Trevor Mitsui went 2-for-4 for the Huskies, who compiled 10 hits. Gelalich led the way for the Bruins, going 3-for-5. Williams was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. The Huskies have also added a home game to the schedule as the UW will host Portland Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.