Monday, 01 June 2015 12:43

UCLA Tops CSU Bakersfield, 9-1, to Stay Alive in the Regional

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Moore Ty 350LOS ANGELES – A pair of home runs helped propel UCLA to the elimination game victory, 9-1, over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins will now play their second game of the day at 8:00pm PT against the Maryland Terrapins.

The Bruins racked up double-digit hits for the second time this weekend and 31st time overall with their 10-hit performance tonight. Kevin Kramer (1-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB) and Ty Moore (1-for-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB) each went deep to lead the UCLA attack. 

UCLA also got a strong pitching effort from the staff, led by Cody Poteet (7-1) who allowed just three hits over 5.1 scoreless innings to get the win. CSU Bakersfield’s Steven Gee (5-4) received the loss after allowing five runs in 6.2 innings of work.

Kramer got the game started off in a big way, with a lead-off home run in the top of the first. The Bruin shortstop wasted no time making his presence felt, taking Gee’s 1-0 pitch deep over the right field fence to give UCLA the 1-0 advantage.

UCLA (44-15) then had an opportunity to extend the lead in the top of the fifth after Trent Chatterton delivered a lead-off double to left field. However, three consecutive ground-outs ended the threat and kept the Bruin lead at one.

The Bruins finally broke it open in the top of the seventh with five runs to push the lead to six. Darrell Miller Jr. led off the frame with a single up the middle. Two outs then ensued before Kramer was intentionally walked to put two on with two down. The next batter, Brett Stephens, hit a hard line drive that bounced off of the shortstop’s glove, allowing Miller Jr. to score. Moore subsequently followed with a long home run that bounced off of the roof of the hitting facility in right field to push the UCLA advantage to five. The Bruins then added their sixth run on an RBI-double from Chris Keck to give them a 6-0 edge.

Continuing to display its offensive prowess, UCLA added three more in the top of the eighth on an RBI-single by Chatterton and a 2-RBI single from Persico to reach the Bruins’ final tally of nine runs.

CSU Bakersfield (37-24-1) struggled to solve the Bruins pitching all night, totaling just five hits. However, a pinch-hit solo home run from Nick Vehlewald in the bottom of the ninth helped the Roadrunners avoid the shut-out, losing 9-1.

The Bruins quickly turn around to play Maryland for the second time in the tournament at 8:00pm PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and can be heard live on uclabruins.com.

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