No. 5 UCLA Baseball Drops 5-1 Decision to No. 3 Arizona State
April 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA baseball team fell to No. 3 Arizona State, 5-1, in the opening game of a Pac-10 series Friday evening before 1,436 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Arizona State broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on for the Pac-10 victory at UCLA (30-8, 7-6).
Bruins' right-hander Gerrit Cole absorbed the loss, despite limiting the visiting Sun Devils (36-5, 12-4) to two runs and six hits through seven-plus innings. Cole (6-2) registered nine strikeouts and walked four.
Arizona State left-hander Mitchell Lambson (5-2) notched the victory in relief, striking out five batters in 2.1 innings. Lambson relieved starting pitcher Seth Blair, who allowed one run and six hits in 6.2 frames.
The Sun Devils were led at the plate by center fielder Johnny Ruettiger, who went 1-for-2 with a tie-breaking two-RBI triple with one out in the eighth inning. Right fielder Kole Calhoun (2-for-3, two walks, one run) and third baseman Raoul Torrez (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) were the only players in the game to collect multiple hits.
UCLA's Blair Dunlap extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 1-for-4 with one run.
The Bruins' took the game's first lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning. With runners at first and third base and nobody out, first baseman Dean Espy grounded into a double play, sending home Dunlap.
Arizona State tied the contest, 1-1, with no outs in the fourth inning. After leading off with a walk and moving to second base on a passed ball, Calhoun scored on a double to right-center field by first baseman Riccio Torrez.
The Sun Devils secured a 5-1 cushion with a four-run eighth inning. With runners aboard first and second base and one out, Ruettiger delivered a two-RBI triple to the gap in right-center field, scoring Riccio Torrez from second and pinch-hitter Deven Marrero from first. A single through the left side by third baseman Raoul Torrez plated Ruettiger. After left fielder Matt Newman drew a walk, both runners advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch before catcher Austin Barnes lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Raoul Torrez.
UCLA and Arizona State resume their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission to UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under).
Game Notes: UCLA's Gerrit Cole struck out five consecutive batters in the fifth through seventh innings (last accomplished by Cole at Texas A&M Corpus Christi on March 12, 2010) ... Cole pushed his Pac-10-leading strikeout total to 95 ... right-hander Garett Claypool recorded two outs in relief and left-hander Matt Drummond threw one scoreless inning.