UCLA Falls on Walk-Off Homer at LBSU, 4-3
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Peyton Schulze hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 12th inning to give Long Beach State a walk-off 4-3 win over No. 8 UCLA on Tuesday night at Blair Field.
The Bruins (30-14) led 3-0 at one point, but LBSU (18-25) plated a pair in the sixth and then tied it up in the seventh to send the game to extras. The two teams traded zeroes until Schulze's roundtripper ended it.
As has been a common occurrence over the last few weeks, freshman shortstop Cody Schrier led the Bruins offensively with three hits in five at-bats.
He drove in UCLA's first two runs of the game, teeing off on the second pitch of the contest for a solo homer and then singling home Carson Yates in the top of the second. Yates had narrowly missed a home run of his own earlier in the frame, driving an 0-1 offering off the top of the wall in left field for a one-out double.
Junior catcher Darius Perry stretched UCLA's lead with a towering solo homer with two strikes and two outs in the sixth.
UCLA, which used seven pitchers in the contest, received a number of notable performances on the mound.
Senior lefty Daniel Colwell had a strong showing in his first career start, allowing just two singles over three scoreless innings. The lone hits he allowed came on a bloop single and a ground ball that struck a runner going from second to third.
Junior righty Charles Harrison followed with two innings of scoreless relief.
Later on in the game, freshman southpaw Ethan Flanagan struck out all four batters he faced.
Freshman right-hander Alonzo Tredwell did the heavy lifting for UCLA in the late innings and delivered arguably his best outing yet as a Bruin, allowing just one baserunner – on a hit-by-pitch – over a career-long 3 1/3 innings.
Five of the final six outs Tredwell recorded came via the K, including a stellar 10th inning performance that saw him strike out the side on 12 pitches.
The Bruins had their best chance to break the 3-3 deadlock in the eighth, as Jake Palmer hit a back-spinning pop-up into shallow left that was overrun by the LBSU shortstop for a leadoff two-base error. Palmer would move to third on a Kyle Karros sac bunt, but ended up stranded at third.
Noah Carabajal tossed two hit-free relief innings to pick up the win for LBSU. It was a bullpen game for the Dirtbags as well, with eight different pitchers entering the game for the hosts.
UCLA returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at Pac-12 rival Washington, beginning on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. PT.