Schrier Grand Slam Leads UCLA Past Arizona, 10-2
TUCSON, Ariz. – Behind a five-RBI day from freshman shortstop Cody Schrier, the UCLA baseball team notched a 10-2 victory over No. 9 Arizona on Friday evening at Hi Corbett Field.
Schrier hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to push the lead to 6-0 and bring in the eventual game-winning run. Sophomore righty Jake Brooks and a trio of Bruin relievers limited the Wildcats to just two runs.
UCLA improved to 14-7 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play. Arizona dropped to 16-6, 5-2.
Each of the first eight hitters in the UCLA lineup had a hit on Friday, and all nine reached base at least once.
The Bruins opened the game's scoring in the top of the first, with sophomore right fielder JonJon Vaughns driving a pitch into the left-center field gap for a two-run double.
UCLA sent nine batters to the plate as part of the decisive sixth-inning rally, which was capped by Schrier's grand slam. The blast – Schrier stayed back on a 0-1 curveball and hammered it over the left field wall – punished the Wildcats for a series of miscues earlier in the inning, as the Bruins had loaded the bases on two errors and a five-pitch walk.
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Cody Schrier unloads on this breaking ball for a GRAND SLAM!
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The Bruins continued to rally after the Schrier slam – freshman center fielder Malakhi Knight shot a double down the right field line and sophomore third baseman Daylen Reyes reached on a walk – but couldn't add any more runs.
UCLA added insurance with a four-spot in the ninth. Key moments in that rally included an RBI single from junior DH Michael Curialle and an RBI infield single from graduate left fielder Kenny Oyama.
Brooks meanwhile scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs and picking up his fourth win of the year. Arizona didn't get to him until the sixth inning, as Tony Bullard tripled and then scored on an RBI groundout.
Freshman righty Alonzo Tredwell stood out among the three relievers UCLA employed, as he closed out the game by retiring all four batters he faced. Three of those outs came via the strikeout, including a game-clinching strikeout of three-hitter Tanner O'Tremba.
UCLA and Arizona continue the series on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.