Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:02

UCLA Closes Midweek Schedule with Win

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

#2 UCLA Closes Midweek Schedule with Resounding Win, 13-3, Over UC Irvine

Moore Ty 350IRVINE, CALIF. – The No. 2 UCLA Bruins brought the bats to the park, totaling 13 runs on 18 hits, to topple the UC Irvine Anteaters, 13-3, on Tuesday night at Anteater Ballpark. The Bruins finish the regular season 10-1 in midweek games and 2-0 against UC Irvine.

Totaling double-digit runs for the 13th time and double-digit hits for the 28th time, the Bruins recorded their most runs in a game since the first time they faced UC Irvine on April 21 (W, 15-8). Additionally, UCLA racked up their second-highest hit total this year and set a new season-high with eight doubles. Six Bruins finished with multi-hit games, led by Brett Stephens (4-for-6, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI) who tied his career-high in hits. Additionally, Trent Chatterton (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI) chipped in three hits and Chris Keck (2-for-6, 2B, R, 3 RBI) drove in a team-high three runs.

Earning his second win in as many games, Cody Poteet (6-1) allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out four over four innings, to get the victory. UC Irvine’s Alonzo Garcia (3-1) gets his first loss of the year after allowing six runs in three innings.

UCLA (41-12) leapt out to an early three-run advantage, putting a trio of runs on the board in the top of the first inning. The Bruins jumped on Garcia with a Stephens double and Kevin Kramer walk to begin the frame. Then, Ty Moore sacrificed the two runners over, but the first baseman couldn’t handle the throw, allowing everyone to reach safely and the first run to come across. Luke Persico followed with an RBI-groundout and Darrell Miller Jr. delivered a two-out RBI-double to right field to give UCLA the lead, 3-0, after one.

Following a scoreless second, the Bruins then added to the lead in the top of the third with another three-run frame. Kramer led off the inning by launching a 1-1 pitch deep over the right field fence for his fifth homerun of the season. Moore proceeded to single in the next at-bat and Keck then followed with an RBI-double to deep right-center field to move the edge to five runs. A throwing error on the double allowed Keck to take third and he subsequently came home on a Miller Jr. sacrifice-fly in the next at-bat to push the UCLA lead to 6-0.

UC Irvine (31-22) responded with a trio of runs in the bottom half of the third to cut the deficit back down to three. Following back-to-back walks to open the inning, Mikey Duarte plated the first two Anteater runs with a single up the middle. Then, with two outs, Jonathan Munoz cashed in the third run with an RBI-single of his own to make it 6-3.

The Bruins bounced back to put the game away in the top of the fourth with a five-run outburst. UCLA totaled six hits in the inning, including four doubles to extend the advantage to eight runs. Christoph Bono, Chatterton and Stephens began the inning with three consecutive two-baggers to plate the initial two runs of the frame. Then, after Stephens advanced to third on a wild pitch, Kramer brought the right fielder home on a sacrifice-fly. With three runs already in, Moore singled and Persico doubled in front of Keck who then brought then both home on a two-RBI double.

Leading 11-3, UCLA went on to add one more tally in the fifth inning to bring the run total to 12. Chatterton and Stephens singled in back-to-back at-bats with one out and Chatterton proceeded to come home on a throwing error in the next at-bat.

Persico would then add an RBI-infield single in the top of the ninth to bring the final tally to 13-3.

UCLA will close out the regular season with a three-game series at the Oregon Ducks this weekend beginning on Friday, May 22 at 4:00pm PT. All three games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks and fans can also access live audio at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Brett Stephens has now reached base in 14 consecutive games. In addition, Stephens is 13-for-26 (.500) with one triple, two doubles, six runs and six RBI over his last five games. Tonight marks the 19th time UCLA has scored in the first inning, going 18-1 in those contests. The Bruins are now 30-0 when leading after six innings, 31-0 after seven innings and 34-0 after eight innings.

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