April 24, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. – Trevor Bauer led No. 6 UCLA to a 6-2 win over No. 17 Arizona as he pitched a complete game and recorded 13 strikeouts on Saturday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
As dominating as Bauer’s nine-inning, 13-strikeout performance was, the Wildcats still had chances to score runs. In fact, UA collected 10 hits in the game, including at least one in eight of the nine innings. But, the Wildcats strung very few hits together and left 10 runners on base in the game.
Arizona (27-11, 7-7 Pac-10) wasted a key scoring opportunity in the bottom of the first inning. Joey Rickard was hit by a pitch to lead off and Rafael Valenzuela followed with a single. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, which put runners at second and third with no outs. However, Bauer struck out Jett Bandy, Steve Selsky and Robert Refsnyder consecutively to end the inning and keep the Wildcats off the board.
The Bruins quickly asserted themselves and scored two runs in the second inning to lead 2-0. UA starter Kyle Simon allowed a leadoff base hit and later a one-out double to Niko Gallego that plated the first run. Gallego scored the second run on an RBI groundout by Steve Rodriguez.
UCLA (29-6, 7-4 Pac-10) added a run in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth to claim a 5-0 lead after four innings. The five-run cushion was more than enough for the Bruins with Bauer on the mound.
The Wildcats avoided the shutout with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. Bandy roped a two-out double to left field and Selsky tripled to right centerfield to bring home Bandy.
Simon pitched into the sixth inning, but was removed after allowing a walk and a single to begin the frame. Tyler Hale came on in relief and avoided serious damage, although the Bruins did score an unearned run to take a 6-1 lead.
Simon (6-3) suffered the loss after pitching five-plus innings in which he gave up six runs – five earned – on nine hits. He struck out four and walked three.
His counterpart, Bauer (6-2), continued to turn away the Wildcats and allowed just three hits over the final four innings of the game. He issued his first and only walk of the game in the ninth inning to pinch hitter Cole Frenzel, who scored on Valenzuela’s third hit of the game later in the inning, which set the score at its final, 6-2.
The teams will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Noon. UA will host its annual “Bark in the Park” day when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game free of charge.