UCLA Advances To Finals Of College World Series After 10-3 Win Over TCU
June 26, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - UCLA advanced to the finals of the College World Series after a convincing 10-3 win over TCU in 100-degree temperatures on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins scored five runs in the first inning, and Trevor Bauer (12-3) struck out 13 batters while allowing just four hits and three runs (two earned) in eight innings.
UCLA will play in a best-of-three championship series starting on Monday, June 28 against the winner of tonight's CT Clemson-South Carolina game.
'We got back to Bruin baseball today,' said UCLA head coach John Savage. 'We got off to a great start with a five-run first inning. Trevor (Bauer) settled in and picked up some steam and got better as the game went along. We swung the bats well and had 15 hits. I'm very proud of the team. This is yet another level this team has gone, and we're looking forward to this coming week.'
The Bruins chased TCU starter Kyle Winkler (12-3) quickly after just nine pitches in the first inning. With his team up 1-0 after a Bryan Holaday solo home run, Winkler faced three batters and failed to get an out, giving up a three-run home run to Blair Dunlap, his sixth of the year, before Paul Gerrish came on in relief. Gerrish did not fare much better, allowing an RBI double by Jeff Gelalich and an RBI single by Dean Espy, as UCLA increased its lead to 5-1.
UCLA added another run in the second inning on an RBI double by Cody Regis to chase Gerrish.
TCU chipped away at the lead, scoring one in each of the fourth and fifth innings to cut the UCLA lead in half, 6-3, but the Bruins got two back in the bottom of the sixth to go back up by five, 8-3. Regis had a single up the middle to score Niko Gallego, and Dunlap scored on a passed ball. In the seventh, Espy hit his team-tying ninth home run of the year on the first pitch of the inning, upping UCLA's lead to 9-3, and Steve Rodriguez raced home after a double down the line by Beau Amaral for the final score of the game.
Bauer wrapped up his stint on the mound by striking out the side in the eighth inning and finished the game by striking out his last four batters. With 13 strikeouts, he recorded his eighth 10+ strikeout game of the year and third in his last four starts.
UCLA improves its overall record to 51-15, while TCU ends its season at 54-14.
Game Notes: Trevor Bauer picked up his third postseason victory, becoming the first UCLA pitcher ever to win three postseason games in the same season ... With 13 strikeouts, Bauer improved his season strikeout total to 165, 10 ahead of previous national leader Asher Wojciechowski from The Citadel (155) ... Bauer now has eight games with 10 or more strikeouts this season, including three in his last four starts (LSU, Florida, TCU) ... Bauer recorded at least one strikeout in each inning pitched and finished his day by striking out his last four batters in a row ... Bauer's 12 wins on the year are tied for fourth on the all-time single-season school list with Tim Leary (1979), Al Hoops (1968) and Bill Brasher (1964) ... Bauer is the first Bruin to record 12+ wins in a season since Jim Parque had 13 in 1997 ... Niko Gallego was hit by a pitch for the 18th time this year, tying the school record set by Eddie Murray in 2009 ... The Bruins were hit by pitches three times today, extending the school record to 100 ... Gallego scored three runs today, tying his career-high set Apr. 3, 2010 against Stanford ... Blair Dunlap's 3 RBI is a new season high ... UCLA is now 42-0 on the year when scoring five runs or more ... With two hits, Cody Regis extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 consecutive games ... UCLA batted around in the first inning, marking the 10th game in which UCLA has done so this year.