UCLA Takes Down TCU, 6-3, In College World Series

June 21, 2010

 

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Omaha, Neb. - UCLA scored five runs in the first three innings, and sophomore Gerrit Cole struck out 13 batters as the Bruins defeated TCU, 6-3, in the winner's bracket of the College World Series Monday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Cole (11-3) limited TCU to three runs and six hits in eight innings and moved into second on UCLA's single-season strikeout list with 151 on the year, just one behind teammate Trevor Bauer, who set the record of 152 on Monday. Reliever Dan Klein pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save of the year. TCU's Kyle Winkler (12-2) was issued the loss after giving up five runs in 2.2 innings.

UCLA center fielder Beau Amaral went 3-for-3 in the game, scoring two runs and driving in another, and the Bruins received a two-run home run from second baseman Cody Regis and a solo home run from left fielder Jeff Gelalich in the third inning.

Blair Dunlap put UCLA on the board in the bottom of the first with a single that scored leadoff runner Amaral from second base. Amaral had reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a ground-out. Amaral himself drove in a run in the second inning, sending a two-out single off the mound and into center field to plate Dean Espy, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead after two.

Regis banged a two-run home run to left center in the bottom of the third, his team-leading ninth home run of the year. Gelalich followed suit with his second home run of the year with a shot to right center.

Cole was pitching a gem going into the seventh inning, striking out the side in order to start the game and allowing just one hit over six innings as the Bruins held a 5-0 lead. But TCU got three runs back in one swing in the top of the inning when Taylor Featherstone cleared the bags with a two-out three-run triple. The Horned Frogs had loaded the bases with three singles, their first hits since the second inning.

The Bruins received an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh after Amaral hit a ground rule double, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Niko Gallego.

'As we all know, the second game of your bracket, if you win your first game, is critically important to put yourself in this position,' said UCLA head coach John Savage. 'Gerrit was as solid as can be all night long. When Trevor took the ball on Saturday, he (Cole) was in position to throw game two. And he's a total team guy and a guy who really stepped up on the big stage tonight. I have to give him a ton of credit. We're in a good position, and we have three days to practice and get better. It was a good win for the Bruins, and we'll prepare for the next ball game.'

With the win, UCLA (50-14) is just one victory away from reaching the Championship Series and will not play until Friday, June 25 at 3:30 pm PT/5:30 pm CT on ESPN2. TCU (52-13) drops into the loser's bracket and will face Florida State Wednesday, June 23 at 4 pm PT/6 pm CT in an elimination game. The winner of that game will face UCLA on Friday.

Notes: Gerrit Cole struck out the side in order in the top of the first inning for the second time this season (previously done vs. Nebraska, Mar. 5, 2010) ... Cody Regis and Jeff Gelalich each hit a home run in the third inning, marking the fourth time this season UCLA has hit two home runs in an inning (vs. Bethune Cookman 2/20/10, twice vs. Washington State 5/29/10) ... UCLA scored a run in each of the first three innings for the third time this season (also on 3/5/10 vs. Nebraska in the first game of a doubleheader and 3/19 vs. Oral Roberts) ... UCLA scored in 11 of its first 12 innings of College World Series play ... With 13 strikeouts on the night, Cole's career total is now 255, which ranks eighth on the school list ... Cole now has 5 10+ strikeout games this season and eight in his career ... For the season, Cole has 151 strikeouts, ranking second behind teammate Trevor Bauer (152) on UCLA's single-season list ... Cole's 151 strikeouts ranks him third nationally this year (Asher Wojciechowski of The Citadel is first with 155) ... Cole pitched 8.0 innings, which ties for his longest outing of the year (4/23 at Arizona and 5/7 vs. Washington).

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