Fourth-ranked Arizona dropped its first weekend series of the season, as No. 17 UCLA claimed a 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon to take two-of-three games over the weekend.
April 15, 2012
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UCLA 6, Arizona 2 (Box Score)
TUCSON, Ariz. - The fourth-ranked Arizona baseball team saw its run of eight-consecutive weekend series victories snapped, as No. 17 UCLA prevailed 6-2 on Sunday afternoon to take two-of-three games from the Wildcats over the weekend at Hi Corbett Field.
UCLA (24-8, 10-5) out-hit and out-pitched Arizona (24-11, 10-5) for the second day in a row. The Bruins collected 11 bases hits one day after registering 20 knocks in a 15-3 rout on Saturday night. The Wildcats, who won Friday's opener 4-3, took early 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but mustered just six hits in the decisive third game of the series.
The Bruin victory coupled with a loss by No. 16 Oregon (24-10, 10-5) leaves a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 standings at the mid-way point of the 30-game schedule for the three schools. Arizona's 10-5 conference mark through 15 games is its best start since the 2007 season when it also won 10 of its first 15.
The Wildcats scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third. Riley Moore drew a leadoff walk and Johnny Field hit a one out single. With runners on first and third, Alex Mejia hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to drive in Moore.
The Bruins quickly answered with a run of their own in the top of the fourth. Wildcat starter James Farris issued a leadoff walk to Cody Keefer, before Jeff Gelalich singled and Trevor Brown followed with an RBI single to tie the game.
Arizona quickly regained the lead. Seth Mejias-Brean hit a one-out single and, with two outs, stole second base. Trent Gilbert then pulled a single into right field to drive on Mejias-Brean with the go-ahead.
UCLA gained control of the game over the next three innings, scoring two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Beau Amaral hit a run-scoring double and Tyler Heineman later added a run-scroing single in the fifth. In the sixth, Amaral chipped in another RBI on a single, and in the seventh, Gelelich delivered an RBI double and a second run scored on an error.
It was plenty of run support for the Bruins, who used four pitchers to shut down the Wildcats over the final five innings. Starter Zack Weiss pitched six full innings and was charged for the two runs, but also struck out five and allowed only two hits. Weiss earned the victory and improved to 2-1 on the season.
Grant Watson, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs each threw one inning out of the bullpen. The trio combined to allow just one hit, while striking out two and issuing no walks.
Farris (4-2) suffered the loss for the Wildcats. The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits to go with two strikeouts and two walks.
Stephen Manthei pitched 1.1 innings in relief was yielded a pair of earned runs. Mathew Troupe pitched the final 3.0 innings and gave up an unearned run, but otherwise struck out two and scattered three hits.
Arizona will play four road games next week, beginning with a non-conference game at No. 21 Arizona State (23-13, 9-6 Pac-12) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats then play at Washington (18-15, 5-7 Pac-12) next weekend in Seattle (April 20-22).