No. 3 UCLA Baseball Loses Series Opener at No. 17 Oregon State, 4-1
April 9, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 3 UCLA baseball team dropped its series-opening contest at No. 17 Oregon State, 4-1, on Friday evening before 2,517 at Goss Stadium. Oregon State's three-RBI double by catcher Parker Berberet in the bottom of the seventh inning snapped a 1-1 tie, handing the Beavers a three-run cushion.
Oregon State right-hander Greg Peavey (3-0) threw a complete game to earn the victory, limiting UCLA (23-3, 2-2 Pac-10) to one run and two hits through nine innings. Peavey registered six strikeouts and issued three walks.
UCLA left-hander Mitchell Beacom (1-1) absorbed the loss and was charged with three runs off one double and two hit-by-pitches without recording an out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bruin starter Gerrit Cole recorded 10 strikeouts in six innings but did not factor in the decision. Cole limited the host Beavers (20-6, 3-1) to one run and three hits and issued seven walks.
Berberet led Oregon State at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a game-high four RBI. Right fielder Michael Miller scored two runs for the Beavers, going 1-for-3 with two walks.
UCLA received base-hits from first baseman Justin Uribe in the top of the fourth and third baseman Cody Regis in the seventh. The Bruins overcame an early 1-0 deficit with one run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to center by Regis. The scoring fly ball sent home second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla with the bases loaded.
Oregon State took their first lead of the game in the opening frame. The Beavers loaded the bases on two walks and one hit-by-pitch before Berberet drew a walk, sending home right fielder Michael Miller from third base.
UCLA resumes its series at Oregon State on Saturday. Game time at Goss Stadium is 2 p.m. Fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action of each game via GameTracker, available through uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Niko Gallego played in his 100th career game (92nd start) ... Gerrit Cole raised his strikeout total to a Pac-10-best 71 punchouts ... the Bruins suffered their first loss of the season away from Jackie Robinson Stadium, after having won their previous seven road or neutral site contests.