No. 5 UCLA Baseball Registers 6-2 Victory at No. 17 Arizona
April 24, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Right-hander Trevor Bauer threw his first complete game of the season, striking out 13 batters to lead the No. 5 UCLA baseball team past No. 17 Arizona, 6-2, before 1,223 at Jerry Kindall Field on Saturday evening. UCLA (29-6, 7-4 Pac-10) received a 3-for-3, three-RBI effort from second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla.
Bauer (6-2) earned his first Pac-10 victory of the season, limiting Arizona (27-11, 7-7) to two runs and 10 hits in nine innings, issuing just one walk. He threw his fifth career complete game, all in Pac-10 action.
UCLA earned a Pac-10 series victory with its 6-2 win on Saturday after having defeated Arizona, 6-3 in 10 innings, on Friday night. The Bruins have won three of their four Pac-10 series in 2010, including road trips to both Oregon State and Arizona.
Rahmatulla led the Bruins' offensive charge, going 3-for-3 with one home run, one double, three RBI and one hit-by-pitch. Center fielder Beau Amaral and left fielder Cody Keefer also registered multiple-hit efforts for the Bruins. Amaral went 3-for-4 with one double and one run, and Keefer went 2-for-5 with one run.
Arizona right-hander Kyle Simon (6-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) and nine hits in five-plus innings. Simon struck out four batters and issued three walks.
UCLA scored two runs in the top of the second to lead 2-0. After reaching with a leadoff single, Keefer scored from first base on a double to center field by shortstop Niko Gallego. After stealing third base, Gallego scored on a groundout to first base by catcher Steve Rodriguez.
A solo home run to left field by Rahmatulla in the top of the third pushed the Bruins ahead, 3-0.
The Bruins scored two runs with two outs in the top of the fourth. Amaral initiated the two-out scoring, getting hit by a pitch before designated hitter Blair Dunlap singled through the left side. Rahmatulla followed with a double off the base of the wall in left field, sending home both Amaral and Dunlap.
Arizona got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, catcher Jett Bandy doubled to left field before scoring on a triple to right-center field belted by right fielder Steve Selsky.
UCLA added one run in the top of the sixth, extending its margin to 6-1. With the bases loaded and two outs, Dean Espy reached on a fielding error by third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, allowing Rodriguez to score from third base.
The host Wildcats scored one run in the ninth on an RBI-scoring single by first baseman Rafael Valenzuela.
UCLA concludes its three-game Pac-10 series at Arizona on Sunday. Game time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium is 12 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA won for the fifth time in its last eight games ... Tyler Rahmatulla leads UCLA with 16 multiple-hit games, including a team-best five three-hit efforts ... UCLA has won 10 of its last 14 games at Arizona's Kindall Field (including each of its last four series at Arizona) ... the Bruins have registered their fifth consecutive series win in five seasons against Arizona ... UCLA improved to 7-2 this spring against top-25 ranked teams (Baseball America) ... Blair Dunlap extended his hitting streak to six games ... Trevor Bauer earned his first victory since March 26 (versus Cal Poly) ... Niko Gallego improved to a perfect 13-for-13 on the basepaths, stealing a career-high three bases in three attempts.