No. 1-Seed UCLA Baseball Defeats Kent State, 15-1, at Los Angeles Regional
June 4, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Gerrit Cole allowed one hit in five scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and issuing one walk, to lead the No. 1-seed UCLA baseball team past No. 4-seed Kent State, 15-1, in each team's opening contest of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Friday night's win allowed UCLA to move into a matchup on Saturday evening against defending national champion LSU. Game time for the Bruins' second NCAA Regional contest is slated for 6 p.m.
The Bruins (44-13) pounded out 15 hits in the victory against Kent State. Right fielder Chris Giovinazzo went 2-for-5 with a team-leading three RBI and two runs, while center fielder Beau Amaral and catcher Steve Rodriguez each went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Third baseman Cody Regis went 2-for-3 with two runs, one RBI and two walks. Left fielder Jeff Gelalich was the fifth Bruin to record two hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
Cole (10-2) became UCLA's first pitcher to win 10 games in a season since Tyson Brummett in 2007.
Kent State right-hander Robert Sabo (6-5) absorbed the loss, allowing seven runs and four hits in 2.2 innings.
UCLA scored twice in the first inning before adding five runs in the third to lead, 7-0. With the bases loaded, first baseman Justin Uribe grounded into a double play, allowing Amaral to score. A double off the fence in left field by Regis sent home designated hitter Blair Dunlap.
UCLA's five-run third inning featured one double, two singles, two walks and two hit batters. An RBI-groundout by Uribe scored one, before second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla came home on an infield single by Giovinazzo. Gelalich and shortstop Niko Gallego were hit by pitches on consecutive at-bats, scoring Regis. A bloop single down the left field line by Rodriguez scored two runners.
The Bruins added five more runs in the fifth inning to claim a 12-0 cushion. After Rahmatulla and Regis drew walks, Giovinazzo belted a two-run double to center field. Gelalich followed with a single to left, before Gallego was walked and Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Amaral's double to center scored Gelalich and Gallego.
UCLA scored three more runs in the sixth inning to lead, 15-0.
Kent State got on the board with one run in the ninth inning on an RBI-single by Jason Bagoly.
The Bruins will play as the designated visiting team against LSU (41-20) on Saturday. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on CST (Cox Sports Television) and will feature a live video stream on ESPN3.com.
Game Notes: UCLA's 25 home victories are the most since the Bruins went 28-10 in 1982 ... the Bruins have won 44 games in 2010, the second-highest single-season win total in school history (45 wins in 1997) ... four UCLA pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and four walks ... the Bruins' offense drew seven walks and was hit by four pitches ... UCLA collected its first-ever postseason victory at home on Friday night ... LSU defeated UC Irvine, 11-10, in 11 innings to advance to Saturday evening's game.