No. 1 UCLA Baseball Loses Series Opener to Oregon, 5-4
April 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 UCLA baseball team fell to Oregon, 5-4, in the series-opening contest of a three-game series at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday evening. First baseman Dean Espy and designated hitter Blair Dunlap each went 2-for-5 with one two-run homer for the host Bruins (26-4, 4-3 Pac-10).
Oregon right-hander Scott McGough (4-0) earned the victory pitching in relief, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings while scattering three hits. McGough struck out four batters and did not issue any walks in relief of starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, who allowed four runs and five hits in 4.2 frames.
UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-1) absorbed his first loss of the season. Cole allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings, notching five strikeouts and four walks.
Four relievers in the Bruins' bullpen combined to limit Oregon (22-11, 5-5 Pac-10) to three hits in four scoreless innings. Right-hander Garett Claypool finished with three strikeouts in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The Ducks were led at the plate by right fielder Steven Packard, who went 2-for-2 with two runs. Catcher Eddie Rodriguez and designated hitter Ryan Hambright each notched two hits for Oregon.
Oregon claimed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. The Ducks used a one-out RBI single up the middle by Hambright to score Packard. With two outs, a single to center by Ducks' center fielder Curtis Raulinaitis plated first baseman Jack Marder from second base.
Oregon scored two runs in the top of the third to push its advantage to 4-0. Left fielder Marcus Piazzisi led off with a solo homer. With the bases loaded, second baseman Danny Pulfer scored on a single to right field by Marder.
UCLA sliced the Ducks' lead in half in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer to left field by Dunlap.
After Oregon scored one run in the fifth inning to lead, 5-2, the Bruins added two runs in the bottom of the frame on a two-run homer to left field by Espy.
In the bottom of the ninth, UCLA managed to put baserunners at first and second. With two outs, McGough struck out left fielder Cody Keefer on a 2-and-2 count to end the ballgame.
UCLA and Oregon resume their three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under).
Game Notes: UCLA's three-game win streak came was snapped on Friday evening ... Gerrit Cole surrendered a season-high eight hits in five innings ... Garett Claypool lowered his ERA to 1.85 and has registered 50 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 43.2 innings (12 appearances, six starts) ... Dean Espy moved into the team lead in home runs (also, Steve Rodriguez with five homers) ... Blair Dunlap netted his 15th double of the season, the 43rd double of his career (one shy of UCLA's career top-10 doubles list).