Claypool Pitches No. 23 UCLA Baseball Past Long Beach State, 10-1
Feb. 23, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Garett Claypool (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in a career-high seven innings to lead the No. 23 UCLA baseball team past Long Beach State, 10-1, before 1,343 fans in a non-conference game at Blair Field on Tuesday evening.
Claypool logged four strikeouts and one walk for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2000.
Right fielder Brett Krill had a career night, going 4-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and two doubles for UCLA. The Bruins also received two hits from center fielder Beau Amaral, second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, third baseman Cody Regis and catcher Steve Rodriguez, who belted his team-leading fourth home run in the third inning.
Long Beach State right-hander Eddie Magallon (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) and seven hits in 4.2 innings. 49ers first baseman Steve Tinoco went 2-for-2 with one walk.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Rahmatulla, scoring Amaral. Rodriguez pushed the Bruins' margin to 2-0 with a tape-measure home run to right field, a solo shot to lead off the top of the third inning.
Long Beach State registered its first hit and first run of the game in the fourth. After leading off with a double down the right-field line, center fielder Jordan Casas scored on consecutive groundouts.
UCLA scored three runs off three hits and a two-out dropped fly ball in the top half of the fifth. An RBI-double to the left-center field gap by designated hitter Blair Dunlap scored Rodriguez from second base. With Dunlap aboard second and Amaral at third, a deep fly to the right-field corner hit by first baseman Justin Uribe was dropped by TJ Mittlestaedt, allowing both baserunners to score and Uribe to move to third.
The Bruins added one run in each of the sixth and eighth innings. A sacrifice fly in the shortstop Niko Gallego scored Krill in the sixth, and an RBI single to center field brought home Krill from second base in the eighth.
A two-RBI two-out double down the right-field line by Krill and a run-scoring double by Regis in the ninth pushed UCLA's advantage to 10-1.
The Bruins return home for their first-ever contest on the diamond against Vanderbilt on Friday evening in the inaugural Dodgertown Classic. Game time against the Commodores is 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Right-hander Gerrit Cole is slated to start against Vanderbilt's Sonny Gray.
Game Notes: Garett Claypool had twice pitched as many as six innings during the 2009 season, but never logged a seven-inning outing before Tuesday night...Steve Rodriguez belted his team-leading fourth home run in the top of the third inning...Garett Claypool retired the first six batters he faced and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning...UCLA improved to 2-0 when scoring in the first inning...the Bruins have scored in 21 of their 34 offensive innings this season.