UCLA Takes Series From Cats in L.A.
The Arizona baseball team dropped the third game of a three game at UCLA on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium, losing to the Bruins, 8-6.
March 29, 2009
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LOS ANGELES - The Arizona baseball team dropped the third game of a three game at UCLA on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium, losing to the Bruins, 8-6.
The Bruins (10-14, 4-2 Pac-10) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Wildcats stormed back to take a 6-3 lead in the third inning. However, Arizona would be unable to scratch another run across as UCLA rallied to take an 8-6 lead.
UCLA reliever Trevor Bauer was excellent in relief, pitching 5 1/3 innings while allowing no runs to earn his third win of the season. Gavin Brooks slammed the door on the Wildcats in the ninth to earn his second save of the season as the Bruins captured the series victory.
The Wildcats (12-12, 1-5 Pac-10) looked to rally in the ninth inning as Hunter Pace singled and Brad Glenn walked to open the inning. Arizona let Dillon Baird, the team's hottest hitter in recent weeks, swing away, but he went down swinging to Brooks.
With one down, designated hitter Shaun Cooper seemed to foul a ball of his foot as it bounced high in the air down the first base line. But, home plate umpire Kendall Snyder ruled the ball fair, and Cooper, who was still hobbling near the batter's box, was thrown out at first base. Pace and Glenn advanced on the play.
Brooks struck out pinch hitter Steve Selsky to end the game.
For a second consecutive start, Bryce Bandilla failed to record an out in the first inning. Blair Dunlap doubled to lead field to start the inning, then Bandilla walked three consecutive Bruin hitters before being replaced by Kyle Simon.
With one run already in, a balk by Simon with the bases loaded brought a second run across for UCLA. The Bruins added a third on an RBI groundout by Chris Amezquita and led 1-0 after one inning of play.
Arizona scored three runs in the second to tie the game. Dillon Baird continued his hot hitting with a single up the middle to lead off the inning and advanced to second base on wild pitch with Bobby Coyle at bat. Coyle chopped a ball back to Bruin starter Charles Brewer, who threw to second and caught Baird in a run down. However, Bruin shortstop Niko Gallego dropped the ball while trying to apply a tag on the run towards third base, allowing Baird to reach third base and Coyle to move to second base.
With two outs in the inning, Dwight Childs, fresh off a 5-for-5 game, crushed his second home run in as many games over the left field wall.
UA gained its first lead of the game in the top of the third inning. With Hunter Pace on first base, Baird launched his fourth home run of the season over the right field wall and on top of the batting cages to gave the Wildcats a 5-3 lead.
The Wildcats kept things going in the frame as Bobby Coyle singled to right field and Jett Bandy doubled to right center to drive in Coyle from first.
A two-out walk to Childs forced UCLA to go to its bullpen, lifting Brewer in favor of reliever Trevor Bauer. Brewer tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowed seven hits, and gave up the six runs.
The Bruins tied the game at 6-6 with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on, Gabe Cohen delivered an RBI double to left field. UCLA added a second run on the second of two consecutive bunt singles, and posted a third run on an RBI groundout by Blair Dunlap.
UCLA reclaimed the lead with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth inning, forcing Simon from the game. A doule by Cody Decker was followed by an RBI triple off the bat of Chris Amezquita as Hunter Pace misplayed the ball and it sailed over his head and to the fence.
Cory Burns came on to relieve Simon, but Gabe Cohen doubled to left field to score Amezzquita and give UCLA an 8-6 edge.
Arizona will return home and continue Pac-10 Conference play next weekend with a three-game series against USC. Game 1 will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.