No. 5 UCLA Baseball Drops Midweek Contest to Long Beach State
April 20, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA baseball team lost a 16-4 decision to Long Beach State on Tuesday night at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The visiting 49ers (16-17) broke through with an eight-run fifth inning to secure an 11-4 advantage and never looked back in a non-conference game at UCLA (27-6).
Long Beach State belted six home runs, including two from designated hitter Jordan Cases, who went 3-for-5 with two runs and a game-high four RBI. The 49ers also received three-run homers from third baseman Joey Terdoslavich (2-for-4, three RBI) and second baseman Kirk Singer (1-for-6, three RBI). Right fielder T.J. Mittelstaedt and left fielder Jonathan Jones each connected for solo home runs.
49ers right-hander Eddie Magallon (1-1) earned the victory, allowing four runs and five hits through four pre-determined innings. Magallon walked two batters and recorded one strikeout.
UCLA left-hander Matt Drummond (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) in one-third of an inning of relief. In all, the Bruins used eight pitchers against Long Beach State.
Center fielder Beau Amaral led the Bruins at the plate, going 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two RBI and one run.
In a game that remained close through the first four innings, Long Beach State claimed the game's first lead with two runs in the top of the second. Mittelstaedt connected with a one-out home run just inside the right-field foul pole before Casas skied a two-out homer over the wall in right field.
UCLA tied the contest, 2-2, on a two-run homer to right field by Amaral in the bottom of the third.
Long Beach State claimed a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth on a solo home run to left by Jones.
The Bruins added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead, 4-3. Third baseman Cody Regis drew a leadoff walk and scored on the next at-bat, as Dunlap tripled off the center field wall. A one-out single to left field by right fielder Brett Krill scored Dunlap.
The 49ers scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to claim an 11-4 cushion. After Long Beach State put two baserunners on - one via a base-hit and the other on a fielding error - Terdoslavich belted a three-run homer to left field. With two runners on base, Jones grounded an RBI-single up the middle for Long Beach State's eighth run. Casas capped the eight-run inning with a three-run homer to right field.
Long Beach State pushed its advantage to 16-4 with four runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
UCLA plays a three-game series at No. 17 Arizona beginning Friday, April 23. Game time at Kindall Field (Tucson, Ariz.) is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Wildcats continue their series Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Redshirt freshman right-hander Chase Brewer made his first career appearance, allowing one hit and inducing one inning-ending groundball in the top of the seventh ... UCLA's pitchers allowed more runs (16) and more hits (18) than in any previous ballgame this season ... prior to Tuesday's loss, UCLA had not allowed six home runs in a game since May 4, 2008 against Arizona State ... UCLA has announced that it has added one home game against UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 18 (6 p.m.) - this game will make up for a rain cancellation against Oklahoma State on Feb. 27.