UCLA Falls To TCU, 6-2, In College World Series
June 25, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - UCLA lost to TCU, 6-2, on Friday afternoon, forcing a decisive rematch on Saturday for a berth in the College World Series Championship Series.
TCU ace Matt Purke (16-0) retired the first 11 batters in order, and UCLA fell behind for the first time in the Series, taking a 3-0 deficit into the fifth inning. The Bruins chased Purke in the fifth and scored a run in both the fifth and seventh innings to close to within one run, but home runs by the Horned Frogs in the seventh and eight innings put TCU's lead out of reach.
UCLA junior Rob Rasmussen (11-3) gave up three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Garett Claypool gave up three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of relief. Purke remained undefeated on the year after pitching 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits.
'We still feel like we're in a very good position,' said UCLA head coach John Savage. 'It's all about one game now, and we have plenty of arms who are capable of doing what they need to do. We feel very comfortable where we're at.'
The Horned Frogs got on the board first after a bases loaded walk by Taylor Featherston. The next batter, Josh Elander, looked to drive in more runs with a shot to shallow center, but Bruin center fielder Beau Amaral made a diving catch to end the inning. Jerome Pena added two more RBIs with a run-scoring single in the second inning and a solo home run in the fourth to make it 3-0.
UCLA got back into the game in the top of the fifth inning. After Chris Giovinazzo bunted for a base hit and advanced to second on a grounder by Justin Uribe, Brett Krill singled Giovinazzo home with two out to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Bruins continued to chip away in the top of the seventh, chasing Purke, who was relieved by Tyler Lockwood, before loading the bases with two out. Niko Gallego hit a chopper to third, and Jeff Gelalich barely beat third baseman Jantzen Witte to the bag, allowing Cody Regis to score to cut TCU's lead to 3-2.
A two-run home run by Featherston in the seventh and a solo shot by Bryan Holaday in the eight put the game away for TCU, forcing a third and final game against the Bruins for a spot in the Championship Series. The two teams will play on Saturday at either 11 am PT/1 pm CT or 4 pm PT/6 pm CT .
Notes: Senior Garett Claypool entered today's ballgame having pitched in 204.0 career innings at UCLA. He made his first-ever postseason appearance when he came on in relief in the fifth inning ... With six strikeouts, junior Rob Rasmussen moved up to sixth on UCLA's single-season strikeouts list with 122.