Ely's Pinch-Hit Homer Not Enough In 4-2 Loss
May 13, 2012
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team got a two-out, pinch-hit homer from freshman Andrew Ely in the seventh to forge a 2-2 tie, but 11th-ranked UCLA scored two in the eight to beat the Huskies, 4-2, Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
The Bruins earned a series sweep with the win, improving to 35-13 overall and 15-9 in the Pac-12. The Huskies dropped to 26-21 overall and 11-13 in conference with the loss.
Washington had been limited to three hits and no runs through the first six innings before finally breaking through in the seventh. With two outs, catcher B.K. Santy singled to right before Ely, a freshman from Eagle, Idaho, launched his first college homer over the fence in right, tying the score at 2-2.
However, UCLA went back in front in the top of the eighth. After singles from Pat Valaika and Kevin Kramer put runners at first and second, Kevin Williams stroked a two-out single to right, scoring Valaika just ahead of a throw to the plate to give the Bruins the 3-2 edge. Beau Amaral followed with a single, sending Kramer home with the fourth UCLA run.
UCLA freshman reliever David Berg (5-2) picked up the win, working one and one-third scoreless innings. Closer Scott Griggs picked up his 13th save of the season, pitching the ninth. UW reliever Nick Palewicz (1-2) was charged with the loss, allowing two runs over one and one-third innings.
UCLA took the game's first lead in the top of the first, scoring one without the benefit of a hit. A walk, a hit batter and a groundout put runners at second and third with one down for Jeff Gelalich, whose groundout to second base drove in Beau Amaral. The Bruins went on to load the bases on two more walks, but Brigham struck out Cody Regis to get out of the inning down by a score of only 1-0.
In the third, Gelalich, the UCLA right fielder, knocked a long, solo home run to right field, his ninth homer of the season, to make it 2-0.
In the ninth, Santy reached on a two-out single to bring Ely to the plate for the second time, again trailing by two runs. Ely singled back up the middle to bring the tying run to the plate, but Griggs got a ground ball for a force at second to end the game.
Santy finished the day 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Washington hitters. Kramer had three hits for UCLA.
Next up for the Huskies is a non-conference game Wednesday vs. Portland, a game that was only recently added to the schedule. Next weekend, the UW heads to Tempe, Ariz., for three games at Arizona State.