Sunday, 20 March 2016 13:48

#14 UCLA Clinches Series Win over WSU with 12th Inning Walk-Off

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

UCLA Baseball MooreLOS ANGELES – The No. 14 UCLA Bruins topped the Washington State Cougars, 6-5, on a 12th inning walk-off single from Brett Stephens. The win clinches the seventh consecutive series win for the Bruins over the Cougars.

With one out and runners on second and third, Stephens laced a single over the second baseman’s head and into right field to plate the winning run and deliver UCLA its third walk-off win of the season.

The hit and RBI were Stephens’ first of the game. Leading the offensive attack tonight was Sean Bouchard (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, BB) who drove in a career-high three runs. Overall, UCLA totaled seven hits on the afternoon.

Brian Gadsby (2-0) came out of the bullpen and pitched 3.1 perfect innings of relief, adding three strikeouts to earn the victory. Washington State’s Kevin Calderhead (0-1) received the loss after allowing the game-winning run in 0.1 innings of work.

The Cougars and Bruins opened the scoring by trading runs in the second inning. Weston Hatten took Grant Dyer deep to left center for a solo home run in the top half, while Brett Urabe worked a bases loaded walk in the bottom half to produce a 1-1 tie after two.

Washington State (7-11, 0-2) then went on a run, scoring one run in each of the next three innings to take a 4-1 lead. A solo home run by Justin Harrer, an RBI-single from Patrick McGrath and a sac-fly from Stefan Van Horn resulted in the three-run cushion for the Cougars.

UCLA (10-7, 2-0) then responded with a three-run sixth inning to pull back even with Washington State. With one out, Bouchard drove in a pair of runners with a double into the right field corner and then two batters later, Christoph Bono came in on a wild pitch to tie the score at four runs apiece.

The Bruins and Cougars again traded runs in the seventh with a Cameron Frost solo home run and a Bouchard RBI-single resulting in a 5-5 tie.

Jake Bird and Brian Gadsby then combined to hold the Cougars scoreless over the next five innings, setting up the Stephens game-winning hit.

In the 12th, Chatterton was hit with a pitch to begin the inning and Jake Hirabyashi reached on an error to put runners on second and third. The UCLA left fielder, Stephens, then stepped to the plate and stung a single to right to deliver the one-run series clinching hit for the Bruins.

The final game of the series will be tomorrow at 12:00pm PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also watch live on the Pac-12 Networks or listen live at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Eric Filia has now reached base in all 17 games this season…Brett Urabe has reached base in 14 consecutive games…Grant Dyer set a new single game career-high with eight strikeouts…Jake Bird set a new single game career-high with four strikeouts…Sean Bouchard set a new single game career-high with three RBI…The UCLA pitching staff set a new single game season-high with 18 strikeouts…UCLA has won a season-high four games in-a-row…UCLA has defeated Washington State in seven consecutive games…UCLA Head Coach John Savage is now eight wins away from reaching 500 career head coaching victories (UCLA and UC Irvine).

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