UCLA Baseball Outlasts Arizona, 7-6, in Pac-10 Contest
March 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Left fielder Gabe Cohen lined a bases-clearing triple to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Bruins' cushion to 7-3, and the UCLA baseball team held on for a 7-6 win against Arizona in a Pac-10 contest at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday evening.
Cohen went 2-for-3 with a season-high four RBI on the night, collecting one double and his first triple of the season. First baseman Cody Decker and second baseman Eddie Murray each went 2-for-4 for UCLA (9-13, 3-1 Pac-10). Pinch-runner Marc Navarro came off the bench to lead UCLA with two runs, as the Bruins earned their seventh victory in their last 10 games.
UCLA left-hander Matt Grace (2-1) tossed 2.1 hitless innings in relief, notching two strikeouts and issuing one walk, to earn his second victory of the year. Arizona right-hander Preston Guilmet (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs and seven hits in 6.2 innings. Guilmet walked four batters and struck out three.
Arizona (11-11, 0-4 Pac-10) was led at the plate by left fielder Brad Glenn, who went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI. Glenn's two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth sliced UCLA's cushion to 7-6. The Wildcats also received two-hit performances from shortstop Bryce Ortega and designated hitter Shaun Cooper.
UCLA never trailed against Arizona, scoring the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning. With runners at the corners and nobody out, third baseman Casey Haerther grounded into a double play, scoring center fielder Blair Dunlap from third.
Arizona tied the game, 1-1, with a solo homer to center by center fielder Bobby Coyle in the top of the third.
The Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to capture a 3-1 advantage. Shortstop Niko Gallego led off with a line-drive single to left and scored on a one-out triple to right-center field by Murray. Haerther brought home Murray with a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on an errant throw to the catcher.
Arizona tied the contest, 3-3, with a two-run sixth inning. Glenn led off the frame with a solo home run. First baseman Dillon Baird followed with a single up the middle. With two outs, Cooper doubled to the left field corner, sending home Baird from first. UCLA's Matt Grace helped the Bruins escape a two-out jam with runners at the corners by striking out third baseman Kyle Shiner.
UCLA claimed a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Navarro scored from first base on a double into the left field corner by left fielder Gabe Cohen.
The Bruins secured a 7-3 advantage in the seventh on Cohen's two-out, bases-clearing triple into the right field corner. Cohen lined an 0-and-2 count pitch inside the right field foul line, allowing right fielder Justin Uribe, Decker and Navarro to score.
UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole did not earn a decision, allowing three runs and five hits in 5.2 innings. Cole recorded seven strikeouts and walked three batters.
UCLA and Arizona resume their three-game series Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. The Bruins will send left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the mound. Arizona will counter with right-hander Matt Veltmann.
Game Notes: Cody Decker and Eddie Murray each registered their sixth multiple-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 with one run...Gabe Cohen tallied his fourth multiple-RBI effort, going 2-for-3 with four RBI...UCLA has won seven of its last nine meetings against Arizona...Casey Haerther's 21-game Pac-10 hit streak came to an end on Friday evening.