No. 1 UCLA Baseball Blanks UC Riverside on the Road, 10-0
April 13, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The No. 1 UCLA baseball team used six pitchers to combine for a two-hit shutout in a 10-0 victory at UC Riverside in a non-conference game on Tuesday evening. Designated hitter Jeff Gelalich led a 13-hit attack, going 2-for-4 with a team-leading three RBI and two runs at Riverside Sports Complex.
Employing a starting batting lineup that featured five freshmen, three sophomores and one junior, the Bruins recorded their first shutout victory of the year. UCLA (26-3) earned its first victory at UC Riverside (15-11) since a 9-4 win at Riverside Sports Complex on May 2, 2006.
The Bruins received two-hit efforts from first baseman Dean Espy, shortstop Adrian Williams and catcher Trevor Brown. Espy went 2-for-5 with one triple and one double. Williams registered his first multiple-hit performance as a Bruin, going 2-for-5 with his first career RBI and two runs. Brown went 2-for-3 with two runs.
Right-hander Garett Claypool (5-1) earned the victory, striking out five batters in three hitless innings. Claypool, who did not walk any batters in his 27th career start, had been pre-determined to throw only three innings.
Left-handers Matt Drummond allowed one hit in two innings, while right-handers Scott Griggs and Dan Klein and left-handers Mitchell Beacom and Matt Grace each threw one innings in relief. Drummond and Grace each allowed one hit out of the bullpen. UC Riverside did not get a hit until third baseman Eddie Young singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning.
UC Riverside right-hander Eddie Orozco (0-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) and five hits through four innings as the Highlanders' starting pitcher.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on two errors and a sacrifice fly. Gelalich reached safely on a fielding error by second baseman Bryan Horst and moved to third base on a throwing error on an attempted pickoff by Orozco. Rahmatulla lifted a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Gelalich to tag up from third.
UCLA used a three-run fourth inning to secure a 5-0 advantage. With the two outs, Gelalich belted a three-RBI triple off the base of the wall in straight-away center field, scoring Brown, Williams and center fielder Beau Amaral.
The Bruins scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to lead 7-0. Amaral singled through the left side with one out, sending home Brown from second base. Williams, who reached on a single to right field, scored from third base on the second sacrifice fly of the game by Rahmatulla.
UCLA added to their total with three runs in the eighth inning. Espy belted a run-scoring double off the right-field wall, Krill reached on an infield RBI-single with one out and Uribe plated one run on a fielder's choice.
UCLA returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium this weekend, opening a three-game Pac-10 series against Oregon. Game time on Friday is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Ducks continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. An audio broadcast of all three games will be available at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UC Riverside only had one baserunner advance as far as second base - no Highlanders reached third base ... Garett Claypool lowered his season ERA to a 1.91 mark ... Adrian Williams made his first start of the season as UCLA's shortstop ... Jeff Gelalich made his third start of the year, his second as the Bruins' designated hitter ... Dennis Holt had one pinch-hit single in the ninth inning, pushing his average to .667 off the bench (4-for-6) ... Tuesday's game marked the second contest this season in which UCLA had limited its opponent to a season-low two hits (also versus Pepperdine on March 30).