Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:55

UCLA Tops Oregon, 4-3, for School-Record 22nd Conference Win

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

#2 UCLA Tops Oregon, 4-3, for School-Record 22nd Conference Win

Berg D 350EUGENE, ORE. – A two-out, bases loaded, ninth inning walk helped No. 2 UCLA top Oregon, 4-3, and claim a school-record 22ndconference victory on Friday evening at PK Park. The win also marks the sixth in-a-row for the Bruins.

Prior to tonight, the school record for conference wins stood at 21, accomplished in 2013, 1986 and 1979.

With two down and the bases loaded, Kevin Kramer worked relief pitcher Garrett Cleavinger for a four-pitch walk to bring in the game-winning run from third base.

David Berg (7-1) pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing no runs on two hits to earn the victory. Oregon’s Stephen Nogosek allowed one run on one hit in 0.1 innings to garner the loss.

At the plate, the Bruins scattered six hits, led by Luke Persico (2-for-4, 2 RBI) who recorded his 18th multi-hit game and team-high 11thmulti-RBI game. Additionally, Brett Stephens (1-for-5, R, RBI) extended his on-base streak to 15 games.

Oregon (35-23, 14-14) got things started with a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning to take the first lead of the game. Scott Heineman worked a full-count before taking Kaprielian deep for his third long ball of the season, giving the Ducks the advantage, 1-0.

UCLA (42-12, 22-6) immediately bounced back with a three-run third inning to capture the lead from Oregon. With one out, Christoph Bono walked and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball on consecutive pitches. Then, following a walk to Trent Chatterton, Stephens laid down a bunt single to score Bono from third and even the score at one. One out and one walk later, Persico delivered a single to right field with the bases loaded to bring in a pair, putting UCLA up, 3-1.

The Bruins’ pitching proceeded to throw five scoreless innings after that until Oregon struck for two in the bottom of the eighth to even the score. Heineman singled to lead off the frame and Brandon Cuddy followed with a one-out single to put two runners on. Then, following a double-steal, Tim Susnara singled back up the middle to score two for the Ducks.

Tied at three, the Bruins responded once again with a run in the top of the ninth to put them ahead for good. Darrell Miller Jr. singled to begin the inning and moved up to second on a sacrifice-bunt. Bono and Chatterton then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Stephens subsequently grounded into a fielder’s choice in which the runner was cut down at the plate for the second out. However, Kramer came through in the clutch, working a four-pitch walk to earn the game-winning RBI.

Game two between UCLA and Oregon will begin tomorrow at 7:00pm PT, live on the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also listen to tomorrow’s game on uclabruins.com.

Notes: With their 42nd victory today, the Bruins are just one win away from tying the single season record for regular season wins set in 2010 (43-13). UCLA is now 32-0 when leading after six innings and 33-0 when leading after seven innings. Chris Keck, Luke Persico and Brett Stephens all extended their hit-streaks to six games. David Berg ties a career single-season high with seven wins.

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