No. 12 UCLA Baseball Downs Washington, 14-6
May 8, 2010
SEATTLE - Catcher Steve Rodriguez belted two home runs, going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, to lead the No. 12 UCLA baseball team to a 14-6 win at Washington at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins (33-10, 9-8) belted three home runs against the Huskies (25-21, 8-9) to clinch their fourth Pac-10 series victory.
Leading 7-6 through eight innings, UCLA broke through with seven runs by sending 12 batters to the plate in the top of the ninth, securing a 14-6 cushion. Rodriguez opened the ninth inning with a leadoff homer before the Bruins added six more runs in the frame, helping UCLA claim its seventh consecutive win against Washington.
Left fielder Cody Keefer went 2-for-4 with a game-high four RBI and two runs. Center fielder Beau Amaral extended his hitting streak to a season-long 11 games, going 2-for-3 with two runs. First baseman Justin Uribe went 2-for-2 with one pair of two-out RBI, one run, one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer (7-3) earned the victory, allowing six runs (four earned) and seven hits in seven-plus innings. Bauer struck out six batters and issued two walks. Right-hander Dan Klein, who entered the game with UCLA ahead 7-6 in the eighth inning, recorded the final four outs to notch his team-leading ninth save.
The Bruins pounded out 14 hits, receiving two hits from each of five players. Joining Amaral, Keefer, Rodriguez and Uribe in that category was second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, who went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Third baseman Cody Regis went 1-for-4 with a three-RBI triple and two runs.
Washington was led at the plate by right fielder Pierce Rankin, who went 2-for-4 with one homer and two RBI. Right-hander Andrew Kittredge (6-4) absorbed the loss, allowing seven runs and seven hits in six innings.
Keefer belted his first career homer in the top of the second, a three-run shot to right field, handing UCLA a 3-1 lead. The Bruins received one two-out RBI single in the third and fifth innings from Uribe, pushing their cushion to 5-1.
Washington trimmed UCLA's lead to 5-3 in the sixth, as Rankin belted a two-run homer to left field. Rankin's blast scored third baseman Jacob Lamb, who reached on a fielding error by shortstop Niko Gallego.
The Bruins answered with Rodriguez's first home run of the day, a two-out shot to right-center field in the seventh. The Huskies clawed back with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh before designated hitter Chase Anselment connected with a solo homer in the eighth inning, reducing UCLA's lead to 7-6.
After Rodriguez led off the ninth with his second homer, the Bruins had an RBI-single from Rahmatulla before Regis pushed UCLA ahead by a 12-6 margin with a three-RBI triple to right-center field. The Bruins added two more runs in the frame to lead 14-6.
UCLA and Washington conclude their three-game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA scored its most runs in a game since defeating Oral Roberts, 20-2, on March 19 ... Steve Rodriguez notched his second two-home run game of the season and is the only UCLA player to hit multiple homers in a game this season ... the Bruins have won each of their last four season series against the Huskies (lost two of three games at Washington in 2006) ... with the victory, Trevor Bauer becomes the first UCLA pitcher to collect 16 career victories since Tyson Brummett went 16-13 in two seasons (2006-07) ... Bauer improved his career record to 16-6 ... Dan Klein becomes the first UCLA pitcher to record nine saves or more in a single season since Gabe Sollecito finished the 1993 campaign with nine - Klein is tied with Sollecito (1993) and Bruce Baranick (1973) for third place on UCLA's single-season saves list ... for the second game in as many days, a UCLA freshman belted his first collegiate home run (Cody Keefer on Saturday, Cody Regis on Friday).