No. 7 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 22 Washington State, 6-4
May 29, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 UCLA baseball team dropped a 6-4 decision to No. 22 Washington State at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the second contest of a three-game Pac-10 series Saturday afternoon. The Bruins (42-13, 17-9) had four hits, each of the solo home run variety, as their 10-game Pac-10 win streak came to an end.
Washington State (34-19, 15-11) scored four two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome a 4-1 deficit before adding one more run with a solo homer by first baseman Michael Weber in the ninth.
Left-hander Matt Grace (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering one unearned run in one-third of an inning of relief. Right-hander Trevor Bauer struck out eight batters and walked four through 6.2 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) and five hits as the Bruins' starting pitcher.
Washington State right-hander Seth Harvey (3-1) earned the victory in relief, tossing 2.2 hitless inning while logging two strikeouts and no walks.
UCLA received back-to-back solo homers from right fielder Brett Krill and catcher Steve Rodriguez to leadoff the third inning, before first baseman Justin Uribe and third baseman Cody Regis opened the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back solo round-trippers.
The visiting Cougars scored their first run with two outs in the sixth inning. After drawing a leadoff walk on a full count, right fielder Derek Jones came around to score from first on a two-out double down the left-field line by shortstop Shea Vucinich.
Washington State's four-run seventh inning rally began after Bauer induced to first-pitch outs to open the frame. Second baseman Cody Bartlett reached on a chopper behind the pitcher's mound that was mishandled for a fielding error by Bruins' second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla. Barlett stole second base and scored on an ensuing single by Jones, who moved to second on a base-hit by designated hitter Matt Fanelli.
Grace entered the game with the Bruins ahead, 4-2, and faced one batter in the seventh inning. A one-hopper was misplayed by Rahmatulla and scooted into right field, scoring Jones from second base. With right-hander Erik Goeddel taking over on the mound, Vucinich drew a walk, loading the bases. A single to right-center field by left fielder Brett Jacobs scored the game-tying and go-ahead runs.
Weber's home run in the ninth inning pushed Washington State ahead, 6-4.
The Bruins play their final regular-season game on Sunday afternoon at home against Washington State. Game time is 1 p.m. UCLA will honor four seniors in a 'Senior Day' ceremony at 12:40 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under). Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA lost its first Pac-10 game since May 2 ... Steve Rodriguez belted his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the second inning ... Trevor Bauer climbed into a tie with teammate Gerrit Cole for the Pac-10 lead in strikeouts (124) ... Saturday's game marked the first time since Opening Night (Feb. 19) that UCLA had belted four or more home runs in a ballgame ... UCLA had not hit back-to-back homers in any game since playing at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24, 2009 ... Saturday's game was played without interruption despite a power outage that affected portions of Brentwood and West Los Angeles (including the VA grounds at Jackie Robinson Stadium).