Huskies Close Gap, But No. 12 Bruins Pull Away For Win

May 8, 2010

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SEATTLE - Home runs from Pierce Rankin and Chase Anselment drew the Huskies within a run in eighth inning, but No. 12 UCLA pulled away in the ninth and beat the Washington baseball team, 14-6, Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The Bruins improved to 33-10 on the season and 9-8 in the Pac-10 Conference with the victory while Washington fell to 25-21 and 8-9 in the league.

UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer improved to 7-3 with the victory. He went seven-plus innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out six. Closer Dan Klein recorded the final four outs for his ninth save.

Husky sophomore Andrew Kittredge (6-4) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs over six innings while striking out seven.

Washington had closed a four-run gap to 7-6 heading into the final inning, but UCLA scored seven runs in the ninth to put the game away.

The Huskies, who lost a one-hit shutout to Bauer last season in Los Angeles, scored a run in the first, thanks to a couple of miscues. David Bentrott led off the inning with a two-strike bunt single. He then moved around the bases on a sacrifice bunt, an errant pickoff throw to second and a passed ball, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

UCLA went in front the following inning. With two on, by way of a hit batter and a walk, and two outs, Bruins left fielder Cody Keefer lined a three-run homer to right, his first of the season, to put the visitors on top, 3-1.

The Bruins got another two-out tally in the third as Justin Uribe drove in Beau Amaral, who had led off with a double, to make it a 4-1 Bruins lead. In the fifth, Uribe provided another two-out RBI, driving in Amaral with a single to make it 5-1.

Washington broke through once again in the sixth. After Jacob Lamb reached on an error, Rankin belted his ninth home run of the season to cut the Bruins' edge to 5-3.

However, the Bruins got those two back quickly in the top of the seventh as catcher Steve Rodriguez knocked a two-run homer to right-center to bump the lead to 7-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Huskies used a two-out rally to knock on the door once more. With two outs and none on, Bradley Boyer walked and Bentrott doubled to set the table for Doug Cherry, whose single to right drove them both in, cutting the lead once more to two runs at 7-5. After Cherry's hit, an error allowed Lamb to reach and brought Rankin to the plate representing the go-ahead run, but Bauer got him swinging to end the inning.

Anselment, the UW's freshman DH, belted Bauer's first pitch of the eighth inning over the right-field fence to cut the lead to 7-6.

However, the Bruins scored seven in the ninth to put the game away. Rodriguez hit his second homer of the day to lead off the inning and a three-run triple from Cody Regis was the big blow.

The series wraps up Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Husky Ballpark.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#12 UCLA 14, Washington 6UCLA           031 010 207 -- 14 14 3Washington     100 002 210 --  6  7 2Trevor Bauer, Erik Goeddel (8), Matt Grace (8), Dan Klein(8) and Steve Rodriguez. Andrew Kittredge, Forrest Snow(7), Adam Cimber (9), Adrian Gomez (9) and Miles Kizer,Pierce Rankin (9). W - Bauer (7-3). L - Kittredge (6-4). Sv- Klein (9) 2B - UCLA, Beau Amaral, Chris Giovinazzo; UW,Rankin, David Bentrott. 3B - UCLA, Cody Regis. HR - UCLA,Cody Keefer (1), Rodriguez 2 (7); UW Rankin (9),Chase Anselment (3). T - 3:06. A - 716. Records: UCLA 33-10, 9-8 Pac-10; UW 25-21, 8-9 Pac-10.
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