No. 10 UCLA Baseball Defeats UC Santa Barbara, 6-2
May 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10 UCLA baseball team defeated UC Santa Barbara, 6-2, in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Left fielder Chris Giovinazzo led the Bruins (38-11), going 2-for-4 with one home run, and right-hander Garett Claypool earned his eighth victory on the mound.
Claypool (8-2) did not allow any hits in his 11th start of the season, facing the minimum nine batters in three predetermined innings. The right-hander from West Hills, Calif., recorded two strikeouts.
UCLA rolled to its fourth consecutive victory, receiving 2-for-4 efforts from designated Blair Dunlap, center fielder Beau Amaral and Giovinazzo. Amaral led the Bruins with two RBI, while Giovinazzo scored a team-leading two runs. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, first baseman Justin Uribe and third baseman Trevor Brown each had one hit for the host Bruins.
UC Santa Barbara left-hander Nick Capito (4-6) absorbed the loss, surrendering one run and two hits through three innings. Capito notched three strikeouts and did not issue any walks. The Gauchos (21-26) were led at the plate with by second baseman Sean Williams (1-for-3, one run, one RBI) and first baseman Trevor Whyte (1-for-3, one RBI).
UCLA scored one run in the bottom of the first and led the rest of the way. Dunlap led off the inning with his team-leading 17th double, moved to third base on a bunt single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rahmatulla.
A solo homer to left field by Giovinazzo, his third round-tripper of the season, in the bottom of the fifth doubled the Bruins' margin to 2-0.
UCLA scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 6-0 advantage. With the bases loaded and one out, Dunlap singled on a line drive that deflected off UC Santa Barbara pitcher Nick Loredo's glove, allowing Giovinazzo to score from third. Amaral lined a two-run single up the middle, before Uribe reached with a run-scoring base-hit.
UC Santa Barbara scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning, slicing the Bruins' cushion to 6-2. Designated hitter Lance Roenicke led off the frame with a double and scored two batters later on an RBI-single up the middle by second baseman Sean Williams. A double to left-center field by first baseman Trevor Whyte scored Williams.
The Bruins hit the road for a three-game Pac-10 series at California this weekend. Game time of Friday afternoon's series opener at Evans Diamond is slated for 2:30 p.m. The Bruins and Golden Bears continue their series Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can listen to live audio broadcasts of each game, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA won its 38th regular-season game, tied for the sixth-most regular-season victories in school history (the Bruins' 1982 ballclub also won 38 games) ... Blair Dunlap registered his team-leading 17th double in the first inning, pushing his career total to 45 doubles (tied for eighth-most on UCLA's career list) ... the Bruins used eight pitchers, seven in relief of Garett Claypool ... Matt Drummond, Scott Griggs and Dan Klein each recorded two strikeouts in one inning of relief.