Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:23

The Party Is Over For UCLA Baseball

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Ninth Inning Rally Falls Just Short as UCLA Loses to Maryland, 2-1

Savage J 350LOS ANGELES – The Bruins rallied to put runners on the corners in the ninth, but couldn’t produce the tying run, inevitably falling to Maryland, 2-1, on Monday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The loss ends the season for UCLA and advances Maryland to the Super Regional.

The Bruins’ offense was stifled all night, totaling just three hits in the loss.  Kort Peterson (2-for-4, RBI) recorded two of those hits, with Ty Moore (1-for-3, R) delivering the other.

UCLA got a great effort from the pitching staff, holding Maryland to two runs, but the performance fell just short. Maryland’s Taylor Bloom (2-3) out-dueled the Bruins, allowing just one run on one hit in six innings to earn the victory. Grant Dyer (4-2) received the loss after allowing one run on three hits in four innings. Maryland’s Kevin Mooney (11) came on to earn a three-inning save to finish the game.

The contest began quietly, with each team’s starting pitcher controlling play early on.

UCLA (45-16) garnered the game’s first good chance in the bottom of the third. Darrell Miller Jr. reached on an error to lead-off and subsequently moved to third on a sacrifice-bunt and wild pitch. Then, with one out, Trent Chatterton hit a fly ball to center field that seemed deep enough to score the Bruin catcher. However, on the tag-up, Maryland’s LaMonte Wade threw Miller Jr. out at the plate to end the potential threat.

Then, in the fourth, Maryland (42-22) got the scoring started with the first run on the game. With two outs and a runner on first, Anthony Papio hit a double to the wall in right-center field, bringing Kevin Martir around to score for the 1-0 lead. 

In the sixth inning, the Terrapins added another to push the advantage to two. A walk and a single put runners on the corners, before a wild pitch moved the runner on first up to second. Then, Nick Cieri hit a weak ground ball to second base that brought the deciding run home for the Terrapins.

The Bruins eventually got on the board in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit in half. Moore was walked to begin the frame and one-out later was followed by Luke Persico reaching on an error. Peterson then delivered Moore from second with a single through the left side to make it, 2-1, Maryland.

Down to its final inning, UCLA mounted one last effort to extend the game in the ninth. After the first two batters were retired, Chris Keck worked a walk to put the tying run aboard. Peterson followed with a single and the Bruins had runners at the corners with two away. However, Miller Jr. was rung up on strikes in the next at-bat to effectively end the evening and the season for UCLA.

Regional Notes: Ty Moore led the team in hitting during the Los Angeles Regional, going 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run, a double, four runs and four RBI. Kort Peterson was also effective, going 7-for-18 (.389) with a run and two RBI. On the mound, David Berg, Tucker Forbes and Cody Poteet combined to throw 14.1 scoreless innings. UCLA had four players named to the All-Tournament team (Trent Chatterton, Kevin Kramer, Ty Moore and Luke Persico).

Season Notes: Finishing at 45-16, this is the fourth time the Bruins have topped 40 wins under Coach John Savage. UCLA won its 11thconference title this season, setting a new school record for conference wins, going 22-8. The Bruins, earning the program’s first overall number one seed, made their 20th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and hosted a regional for the fifth time in the last six seasons. UCLA improved its overall record by 20 wins from a season ago. John Savage was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, David Berg was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and Berg, Grant Dyer, James Kaprielian, Kevin Kramer, Ty Moore and Grant Watson were all first team All-Pac-12.

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