No. 12 UCLA Baseball Wins at Pepperdine, 5-1
May 4, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Right-hander Garett Claypool earned his team-leading seventh victory in leading the No. 5 UCLA baseball team past Pepperdine, 5-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Claypool (7-1) limited the Waves (13-23) to one run and three hits through 6.1 innings.
Claypool combined with right-handers Erik Goeddel and Dan Klein to held Pepperdine to four hits in nine innings. Claypool lowered his season ERA to a 2.02 mark, registering five strikeouts and two walks.
The Bruins' offense pounded out 15 hits, the most by UCLA (31-10) since matching that total in an 11-7 victory over Cal Poly on Thursday, March 25.
Pepperdine left-hander Robert Dickmann (6-4) absorbed the loss, surrendering five runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings. Dickmann struck out four batters and did not issue any walks.
Center fielder Beau Amaral paced UCLA at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and one run, reaching base in all five plate appearances. Second baseman Cody Regis logged a season-high three hits in a 3-for-4 effort, and shortstop Niko Gallego went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run. Third baseman Trevor Brown went 2-for-5 with one RBI, equaling his season-high with two hits.
Pepperdine led 1-0 after center fielder Brian Humphries belted the first pitch of his leadoff at-bat for a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
UCLA strung together four consecutive hits, all with two outs, in the top of the fourth to secure a 2-1 lead. Gallego and Regis each reached base with a single. Brown lined an RBI-single to right field, scoring Gallego, before catcher Steve Rodriguez followed with a run-scoring single up the middle.
The Bruins scored three runs to lead 5-1 in the fifth. Amaral led off with a double to right-center field and moved to third as right fielder Brett Krill singled to center. A double over Humphries' head in center field by left fielder Chris Giovinazzo scored Amaral. With one out, Gallego plated Krill and Giovinazzo with a single up the middle.
UCLA returns to action for a Pac-10 series at Washington, beginning on Friday evening. First pitch at Husky Ballpark in Seattle is 6 p.m. The Bruins and Huskies continue their series Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA has won three of its last four games at Pepperdine ... Beau Amaral collected his 10th multiple-hit game of the spring, his third game with three or more hits ... Amaral logged his second game of the season with two doubles (also, versus Stanford on April 2) ... Erik Goeddel recorded each of his five outs via the strikeout variety ... the Bruins earned their first season sweep of Pepperdine since going 3-0 against the Waves in 2007 ... UCLA improved its non-conference record to 24-2.