Thursday, 14 May 2015 14:36

No. 2 UCLA Outlasts Cal State Fullerton

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumFULLERTON, CALIF. – Chris Keck delivered the game-winning RBI-single in the top of the 10th inning to clinch the midweek victory, 5-4, over Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins finish the season 2-0 against the Titans and move to 9-1 in midweek contests.

In total, the Bruins recorded 10 hits, the 26th time the team has reached the double-digit hit mark. Chris Keck (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) drove in the winning run and joined Brett Stephens (2-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI) and Trent Chatteron (2-for-4, 2B, R) with multi-hit games.

Grant Dyer (4-0) pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits, while striking out three, to earn the win for UCLA.  Tyler Peitzmeier (2-3) allowed one run on four hits in 3.1 innings to receive the loss. Senior closer David Berg (11) earned the save with a shutout 10thinning.

Cal State Fullerton (28-22) tallied the game’s first run early on, scoring in the opening frame. Josh Vargas began the inning with a double over Stephens’ head to the left field corner. He was then moved to third base on a one-out groundout to the right side before being brought home on a soft hit RBI-single off of the bat of Tanner Pinkston.

The Titans proceeded to tack on a second run in the following inning to go up, 2-0. Timmy Richards led the inning off with a single to right-center that was misplayed by Christoph Bono, allowing Richards to advance all the way to third on the error. Richards then came home on a wild pitch to give Cal State Fullerton the two-run advantage after two.

UCLA (37-12) didn’t record its first hit until the top of the fifth inning, being contained by Titans starter Connor Seabold. Keck got the hit with a double down the right field line, but was stranded there as the Bruins continued to struggle at the plate.

Chatterton delivered a lead-off double in the top of the sixth inning to put a runner in scoring position right away for the second consecutive inning. However, the Bruins failed to cash in again, stranding runners on the corners.

The Bruins finally broke through in the top of the seventh with four runs to take a two-run lead, 4-2. Keck was hit with a pitch to begin the inning and was followed with a single up the middle by Luke Persico. After a sacrifice-bunt moved the runners over, a wild pitch brought the first run in for UCLA while simultaneously moving Persico up to third. Kort Peterson then squeeze bunted Persico in from third and was safe at first, beating the throw to earn an RBI-single. After Peterson was caught stealing, UCLA strung together a two-out rally to take over possession of the lead. A single from Chatterton, a double from Christoph Bono and a two-RBI triple from Stephens put UCLA up by two.

Cal State Fullerton responded in the bottom half to bring the game even at four. With runners on second and third with two down, Pinkston hit a ball hard at Kevin Kramer that took a tough hop and bounced past the Bruin shortstop for a two-run error.

Following two scoreless frames, the Bruins and Titans headed for extra innings.

UCLA wasted no time taking the lead in the extras, getting the eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth. Stephens led off with a single and was followed by a bunt single from Kramer. Then, after both runners moved up on a sacrifice-bunt, Keck floated a single into center field to plate the final run of the game.

UCLA returns to Pac-12 Conference play this weekend when they play host to the Arizona Wildcats for a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 15. Game one is set for 7:00pm PT and all three games can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. The weekend’s contests can also be heard live on uclabruins.com.

Notes: Kevin Kramer extended his on-base streak to nine games and his hitting streak to seven games. David Berg moves within six saves of tying the NCAA record for career saves. Brett Stephens recorded his team-leading fourth triple.

 

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