Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:51

UCLA Falls to Maryland, 4-1, in Second Game of Regional

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Savage J 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA struggled to get the pitching staff run support and subsequently fell to Maryland, 4-1, on Saturday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins are now 1-1 in the Los Angeles Regional and will face CSU Bakersfield tomorrow at 4:00pm PT in an elimination game.

The Bruins, who totaled just five hits, recorded only two hits after the second inning and went hitless across the final four frames. Five different UCLA players posted a hit, with Christoph Bono (1-for-2, 2B) getting the only extra-base knock of the night.

Robert Galligan (4-4) pitched 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win for Maryland. Grant Watson (8-5) received the loss for UCLA after allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings. Terps closer Kevin Mooney (10) hurled a perfect ninth inning to get the save.

UCLA (43-15) got things going right away with a run in the opening frame. The Bruins put the pressure on the Terrapins from the out-set, with Kevin Kramer reaching on an error, Ty Moore being hit with a pitch and Luke Persico reaching on a bunt single, all with one out. Then, with the bases loaded, Chris Keck delivered a sacrifice-fly to center field to put the Bruins up, 1-0.

The Bruins continued to apply pressure in the top of the second with a two-out rally. Bono doubled and Brett Stephens singled to seemingly put the Bruins up by two. However, a throw from Maryland center fielder LaMonte Wade gunned out Bono at the plate to keep it a one-run contest.

Maryland (41-21) bounced back to take the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-out, two-RBI triple. With runners on first and second, and two away, Tim Lewis flared a soft fly ball down the left field line. Stephens laid out in an attempt to make the catch, but missed the ball which rolled all the way to the corner. Lewis rounded the bases to third, and two runs came in, to put the Terrapins up, 2-1.

In the third, Maryland plated another pair of runs to push the advantage to three. Wade led the frame off with a deep solo home run over the right field fence. Then, a double, followed by back-to-back groundouts, brought in the fourth run of the evening for the Terrapins. 

From then on, the UCLA offense was unable to solve the puzzle of the Terrapins relief pitchers. Bobby Ruse, Galligan and Mooney combined to throw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out five.

UCLA will continue its postseason run tomorrow at 4:00pm PT against the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in an elimination contest. If the Bruins win, they will face Maryland once again at 8:00pm PT tomorrow night for a chance to force a Monday final. All games can be heard live on uclabruins.com and seen on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

Notes: Tonight’s loss ends the Bruins’ postseason win-streak at 11 games. This is just the ninth time this season that the Bruins have been held to five hits or less. This is just the second loss in 20 games when the Bruins score in the first inning (18-2). Additionally, the Bruins fall to 29-4 when scoring the game’s first run. Brett Stephens extended his hitting-streak to 10 games and his on-base streak to 19 games.

 

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