UCLA Wins First College World Series Game, 11-3 Over Florida
June 19, 2010
Omaha, Neb. - UCLA won its first-ever College World Series game with a decisive 11-3 victory over Florida on Saturday night at Rosenblatt Stadium. Sophomore Trevor Bauer struck out 11 batters, establishing a new school single-season record with 152.
Bauer (11-3) limited Florida to three runs and six hits in seven innings, issuing just two walks. Florida left-hander Alex Panteliodis (11-3) was tagged for the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings.
UCLA had 18 hits in the game, with every position player recording at least one. Niko Gallego had a career-high four hits, going 4-for-5 in the game with two runs scored, and Beau Amaral went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
The Bruins scored in all but the second inning and took over the lead for good in the third with a three-run inning, thanks in part to a pair of Gator miscues. Gallego and Amaral ignited the scoring, reaching base on back-to-back singles and executing a double steal. Blair Dunlap drove Gallego home on an RBI grounder to tie the score at 2-2 and reached first on an error by the third baseman. On the next pitch, Panteliodis threw a wild pitch that scored Amaral from third for the go-ahead run. Cody Regis continued the scoring with a single up the middle to score Dunlap.
UCLA struck first in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Gallego and Amaral were hit by pitches. After a sacrifice bunt by Dunlap, Dean Espy hit a chopper over the Florida third baseman's head to score Gallego. Florida took the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning after a two-run single by Brian Johnson, but Amaral minimized the damage and saved a run with a highlight-reel catch on a gapper to left center to end the inning.
The Bruins added another run in the fourth inning when Steve Rodriguez scored on a passed ball. Adams got one run back for the Gators in the bottom of the fourth on a home run to left center, cutting UCLA's lead to 5-3. A two-run fifth inning on a two-run single by Rodriguez increased the Bruin lead to 7-3, and UCLA added a run in each of the final four innings.
'Obviously the team is very excited,' said UCLA head coach John Savage. 'We've been playing good baseball, we're battle-tested at the end of the season, and you saw that tonight. We got off to a rough start, they got two runs early. I wouldn't say we were nervous, but we were a little over-excited and then settled down. I thought Trevor (Bauer) would do that. We had 15 singles out of 18 hits and kind of pecked away. We didn't have a home run all night, but it was a typical game offensively for us in terms of using the middle field, getting some singles, some stolen bases. We wore their starting pitcher down a little bit.'
UCLA (49-14) will next face TCU (52-12) on Monday, Jun 21 at 8 pm CT. TCU defeated Florida State, 8-1, in the first matchup of the day. Florida (47-16) will take on Florida State (47-19) on Monday at 3:30 pm CT.
Notes - With 11 strikeouts in the game, UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer set a new UCLA single-season strikeouts record with 152, besting the previous mark set by Pete Janicki in 1992 (150) ... Shortstop Niko Gallego went 4-for-5 in the game and set a new career high with four hits... UCLA leadoff hitters reached base in five of the first seven innings and in six of the nine innings in the game ... The 23,271 in attendance today marks the largest crowd ever to see a UCLA baseball game.