UCLA Baseball Falls to Washington State, 7-2, in Series Opener
April 3, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - The UCLA baseball team dropped the first contest of a three-game series at Washington State, 7-2, on Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field. Right-hander Gerrit Cole (2-3) recorded eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings and was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs and two hits.
Washington State left-hander Matt Way (4-2) earned the victory, logging a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Way limited the Bruins (10-16, 4-3 Pac-10) to two runs and five hits.
UCLA shortstop Niko Gallego led the Bruins' offense, totaling a career-high three hits with one run in three at-bats. Center fielder Blair Dunlap went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, his round-tripper of the season.
Washington State first baseman Alex Burg went 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Center fielder Garry Kuykendall went 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run for the host Cougars (11-12, 3-1 Pac-10).
The Bruins led 2-0 in the third after Dunlap's homer. Washington State got on the board with solo homer to right field by first baseman Alex Burg in the bottom of the fifth, snapping Cole's streak of 12 consecutive batters retired.
The Cougars took a 7-2 lead with a six-run seventh inning. After drawing a leadoff walk, Vucinich moved to second on a groundout before scoring on a single to left by Burg. Following one hit batter and one walk to load the bases, right fielder Jared Prince was hit by a pitch, sending home Burg. A bloop two-RBI double to shallow left field by Kuykendall scored two Cougars.
Washington State added its sixth run on a sacrifice fly to center by third baseman Matt Argyropoulous. The Cougars plated their seven run as Kuykendall scored from second base on a throwing error by third baseman Casey Haerther.
UCLA and Washington State resume their three-game series on Saturday. Game time at Bailey-Brayton Field is slated for 2 p.m. The Bruins will send right-hander Charles Brewer to the hill, and Washington State will counter with right-hander Chad Arnold.
Game Notes: Gerrit Cole retired the first 12 batters he faced, and allowed just one baserunner in his first 19 batters faced...the Bruins limited Washington State to four hits...Friday's loss marked the Bruins' first loss to Washington State since dropping a 10-5 decision at Bailey-Brayton Field on May 19, 2007.