No. 11 UCLA Baseball Registers 15-2 Victory Over USC
May 15, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team defeated USC, 15-2, before 1,360 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins (36-11, 12-8) clinched a series victory against the Trojans (23-27, 5-14), pounding out 20 hits in the Pac-10 victory.
UCLA collected its 12th victory against USC in the schools' last 15 meetings, earning their fourth consecutive win over the Trojans dating back to last season. UCLA has gone 3-0 against USC this spring.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer recorded 11 strikeouts in seven innings to earn his eighth victory. Bauer (8-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in his 12th start of the season. Right-hander Brandon Lodge pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and right-hander Scott Griggs recorded three strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning.
USC right-hander Chris Mezger (4-1) absorbed his first loss of the year, surrendering eight runs (six earned) and 10 hits through 4.1 innings. Mezger struck out six batters and walked two.
After USC scored one run in the first inning, the Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the third on a one-out RBI-single through the right side by Amaral.
UCLA broke through with five runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and two more in the seventh to lead by a 15-2 margin.
Right fielder Brett Krill led the Bruins on offense, going 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBI and three runs. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. UCLA also received a three-run homer from third baseman Cody Regis, who went 1-for-4 with three RBI and two runs.
Center fielder Beau Amaral extended his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Left fielder Cody Keefer and shortstop Niko Gallego were the only other Bruins to log multiple-hit games, as each player went 2-for-4. In all, UCLA received hits from each of 13 batters.
UCLA's four-run third inning was highlighted by a two-RBI double down the right-field line by catcher Steve Rodriguez. Krill's two-run homer in the fifth inning pushed the Bruins ahead, 7-1.
After Uribe had an RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth, Regis came through with a three-run home run to straight away center field, pushing UCLA's cushion to 13-1. After USC scored one run in the top of the seventh, UCLA answered with one pair in the bottom of the frame.
UCLA and USC finish their weekend series on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m. An audio broadcast of Sunday's series finale will be available, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey will have the call, live from Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Game Notes: UCLA recorded its most hits (20) since notching 23 in a 20-4 victory over Oral Roberts on March 19 ... the Bruins notched their 36th win of the season Saturday, marking UCLA's most wins in a season since going 38-26 in 2000 after advancing to the NCAA Super Regional at Louisiana State ... Trevor Bauer improved his career record to 17-6 - no UCLA pitcher has recorded 17 career victories since current major leaguer Casey Janssen (Toronto) graduated in 2004 with 22 wins in four season (2001-04) ... Trevor Bauer supplanted teammate Gerrit Cole as the Pac-10 strikeout leader (109) - UCLA has not had two or more pitchers reach the 100-strikeout plateau since 1997, when Jim Parque had 119 and Tom Jacquez netted 100 (Bauer has 109, Cole has 106) ... the UCLA baseball program has collected 36 wins or more in each of 14 seasons.