Gerrit Cole Pitches No. 12 UCLA to 7-2 Victory at Washington
May 7, 2010
SEATTLE - Right-hander Gerrit Cole struck out nine batters in eight innings to earn the victory and lead the No. 12 UCLA baseball team past Washington, 7-2, on Friday night. Cole (7-2) limited the Huskies (25-20, 8-8) to two runs and three hits in eight-plus innings in the opening contest of a three-game Pac-10 series.
UCLA (32-10, 8-8) received home runs from center fielder Beau Amaral (1-for-3), designated hitter Blair Dunlap (1-for-5) and third baseman Cody Regis (2-for-3, two RBI). Left fielder Chris Giovinazzo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run, joining Regis as the only UCLA hitters to record two hits in the game. Shortstop Niko Gallego went 1-for-3 with one double and a game-high two runs.
Cole notched his first Pac-10 victory of the season after having no-hit the Huskies through the first five innings. The right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., faced the minimum 15 batters through the first five frames.
Washington left-hander Geoff Brown (1-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs and six hits in seven innings. Brown surrendered three homers, walked four batters and registered two strikeouts.
Amaral's solo home run in the top of the third inning handed UCLA an early 1-0 lead and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games.
The Bruins added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to lead, 5-0. In the top of the fifth, Giovinazzo reached on a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Dunlap followed with a two-run homer to right field. In the sixth inning, Gallego reached on a fielding error before Regis connected for his first career home run, a two-run shot to right field.
Washington first baseman Troy Scott belted a leadoff solo home run off the top of the wall in left-center field on a full count in the bottom of the sixth to give the Huskies their first hit and run of the ballgame.
UCLA scored twice in the eighth inning to secure a 7-1 cushion. After right fielder Brett Krill walked and moved to third base on a double to right by Gallego, Regis was walked intentionally. Giovinazzo lined a base-hit to center field, scoring Krill and Gallego.
The Huskies took advantage of a leadoff walk and ensuing hit-by-pitch to open the ninth inning, following through with a bases-loaded single by third baseman Jacob Lamb.
UCLA and Washington resume their series at Husky Ballpark on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Right-hander Gerrit Cole has equaled his strikeout total from 2009 (104), becoming the first UCLA pitcher to log 100 or more strikeouts in back-to-back seasons since Jim Parque accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1997 ... Blair Dunlap's two-run homer in the fifth inning pushed him into a five-way tie for the team lead with five home runs this season ... the Bruins improved to 14-2 in 16 games played away from Jackie Robinson Stadium (10-2 in away games, 4-0 in neutral site contests) ... UCLA hit three home runs in a game for the first time since March 19, when the Bruins defeated Oral Roberts, 20-4, in a series-opening contest ... right-hander Dan Klein allowed two hits and recorded all three outs in the ninth inning.