Claypool Pitches No. 5 UCLA Baseball Past UC Irvine, 4-1
April 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Garett Claypool allowed one run and six hits through a career-high 7.2 innings, leading the No. 5 UCLA baseball team past UC Irvine, 4-1, in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Tuesday night's victory allowed UCLA (30-7) to reach the 30-win plateau faster than any previous Bruins' baseball team and snapped UC Irvine's four-game win streak.
Claypool (6-1) earned his sixth victory of the season, recording three strikeouts and one walk. Right-hander Dan Klein collected his team-leading eighth save of the season, recording one strikeout in the ninth inning.
UC Irvine right-hander Evan Brock (3-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing one run in 1.1 innings as the starting pitcher for the Anteaters (24-14).
The Bruins were led at the plate by right fielder Chris Giovinazzo, who went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the season, two RBI and two walks. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap notched UCLA's only multiple-hit performance, going 2-for-5. Left fielder Cody Keefer went 1-for-3 with one double and two walks, while third baseman Cody Regis went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and one RBI.
UC Irvine received 2-for-4 efforts from second baseman Casey Stevenson and third baseman Brian Hernandez.
UCLA claimed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Beau Amaral.
The Bruins pushed their cushion to 4-0 in the fifth inning. After leading off the frame with a double down the right-field line, Keefer advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a base-hit to right field by Regis. Giovinazzo's two-run homer on the first pitch of his at-bat handed UCLA a 4-0 lead.
UC Irvine got on the board with one run in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Hernandez belted a run-scoring double to the center field fence, allowing Stevenson to score from first.
UCLA returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium for a three-game Pac-10 series against No. 3 Arizona State beginning Friday, April 30. Game time of the series opener is 6 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under), and parking costs $5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Game Notes: UCLA improved its record to 9-4 against UC Irvine in six seasons under head coach John Savage ... Garett Claypool eclipsed his previous career-high of seven innings (twice this season, at Long Beach State on Feb. 23 and at UC Santa Barbara on March 23) ... Blair Dunlap extended his hitting streak to eight games ... Erik Goeddel recorded an inning-ending out in the eighth inning in relief of Claypool, making just one pitch all evening ... Claypool lowered his ERA to a 2.11 mark and has limited the opposition to a Pac-10-leading .179 batting average.