Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:26

#2 UCLA Seals 13th Consecutive Series Win

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

#2 UCLA Seals 13th Consecutive Series Win with 6-0 Shutout of Arizona

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – Grant Watson moved into sole possession of second place in career-wins in UCLA history, earning his 30th career victory, in a 6-0 shutout of Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win also clinches the Bruins’ 13th consecutive series victory, maintaining their undefeated record in weekend series this season.

Watson moves past Adam Plutko on the all-time list and now trails only Trevor Bauer, who amassed 34 wins in his three years with the program.

The senior left-hander, Watson (8-4), threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out a season-high tying six batters to get the victory. Arizona starter Nathan Bannister (6-5) allowed three runs on seven hits over four innings to receive the loss.

At the plate, UCLA produced its 27th double-digit hit effort, totaling 11 hits on the afternoon. Brett Stephens (3-for-5, R, RBI) led the way, recording three hits for the second night in-a-row. Trent Chatterton (2-for-4) added a multi-hit game and Ty Moore (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI) went deep for the Bruins.

UCLA (39-12, 20-6) jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth inning to take advantage of the contest in the early going. Moore began the frame by taking the first pitch he saw deep over the right field fence for his fifth home run of the season. Then, singles from Luke Persico and Darrell Miller Jr. put runners on the corners with one out. A wild pitch proceeded to bring Persico in from third and UCLA had the lead, 2-0, after four.

In the next inning, the Bruins tacked on a trio of runs to push the lead to five. Stephens and Kevin Kramer provided back-to-back singles to lead-off the frame and were followed with a one-out walk to Persico to load the bases. Chris Keck subsequently hit a sacrifice-fly to right field to bring in the first run of the inning. Then, Arizona third baseman Bobby Dalbec threw away a ground ball to third in the next at-bat to allow two more runs to come across, making it 5-0 UCLA.

The Bruins would go on to add an insurance run in the eighth inning with a two-out rally. Kort Peterson drew a two-out walk and proceeded to steal second to put a runner in scoring position for Stephens. Stephens then cashed in with a single back up the middle to extend the UCLA lead to six runs, reaching the final tally, 6-0.

Arizona (28-22, 12-17) could not solve the UCLA pitching all night, going just 1-for-13 with runners on base and 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

UCLA and Arizona will close out their three-game series tomorrow, May 17, at 1:00pm PT. Sunday’s game will be the final regular season home game for the six seniors and they will each be honored as part of UCLA’s Senior Day ceremony. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks and also heard live on uclabruins.com.

Notes: UCLA recorded its eighth shutout win of the season. The Bruins are now 28-0 when leading after six innings, 29-0 after seven innings and 32-0 after eight innings. Through two games, Brett Stephens is 6-for-10 with a run and an RBI this weekend. UCLA has not allowed a run in the series, pitching 19 consecutive scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts and just four walks.

 

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