April 23, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. – No 6. UCLA scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and plated four in the top of the 10th inning as it outlasted No. 17 Arizona, 6-3, in a pitchers’ duel on Friday evening at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats carried a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning and were one out away from claiming a victory in the series opener. But with two outs and a runner on second, UA third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean was unable to field a sharp chopper by Dean Espy. Pinch runner Adrian Williams scored to tie the game as the ball trickled into left field.
Bruins closer Dan Klein retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, UA reliever Joe Allison issued a two-out, bases loaded walk to Brett Krill, which allowed Chris Giovinazzo to score the go-ahead run. Espy delivered a three-run double to open up the game and push the Bruins’ lead to 6-2.
Arizona (27-10, 7-6 Pac-1), scored a run in the bottom of the 10th to set the score at its final, 6-3. Klein earned the win after pitching 2.0 innings in relief.
UCLA (28-6, 6-4 Pac-10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when UA starter Kurt Heyer issued a two-out walk to Cody Regis. Two batters later, Jeff Gelalich drove home Dunlap to spot the Bruins the early lead.
Heyer racked up eight strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work while allowed just one run. But he handed over a 1-0 deficit to the bullpen.
Bryce Bandilla came on to pitch in the seventh and worked 2.1 scoreless innings, which allowed the Wildcats bats to come alive.
In the home half of the seventh, Arizona collected three base hits, including an RBI single by Bobby Rinard that drove home Bobby Brown. Alex Mejia delivered a sacrifice fly to scored Mejias-Brean and put the go-ahead run on the board for the Wildcats.
Bandilla worked into the ninth inning, but was lifted in favor of Nick Cunningham after striking out the first batter in the frame. Cunningham allowed a one-hit to Williams before inducing a pair of ground balls to third base. Mejias-Brean made a nice play on the run for the second out of the inning, but was unable to come up with the next play as the Bruins tied the game.
Augey Bill suffered the loss for the Wildcats after allowing three runners to reach base in the 10th. Allison came on to tally a one-out strikeout before Krill walked on a full count in a nine-pitch at bat to force in the go-ahead run. Espy’s three-run double followed.
Bruin starter Gerrit Cole pitched eight innings as he struck out 10 batters against no walks. He did, however, scatter seven hits, including the three in the seventh that led to the two runs allowed.
The two teams will square off in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.