Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:24

Late Comeback Falls Short in UCLA Loss to UCSB

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Kramer K 350LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins made a late comeback effort, but fell short to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 4-3, on Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tonight’s game marked the final non-conference game of the Bruins’ regular season.

The Bruins out-hit the Gauchos, totaling 10 hits in the game, led by Brett Urabe (3-for-4, RBI) who notched a team-high three hits. Eight different UCLA players tallied a hit in the contest.

UCLA reliever Tucker Forbes (1-2) got the loss for the Bruins, allowing one unearned run on one hit in his one inning of work. UCSB reliever Justin Kelly (1-0) earned the win after throwing 1.1 scoreless innings and Kyle Nelson (7) got the save with a scoreless ninth.

UC Santa Barbara (33-15-1) scored the game’s first run with a solo home run to lead off the third inning. The Gauchos center fielder Andrew Calica hit his fourth home run of the season to right field to lift UCSB to the early one-run edge.

The Gauchos then tacked on runs in the fourth and fifth innings to extend their advantage to three. Kyle Plantier delivered a sac-fly to bring in the second run of the game and Clay Fisher doubled down the left field line to put UCSB up 3-0 on the Bruins.

UCLA (24-26) finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs to even the score. The Bruins totaled four hits in the inning and got RBI-singles from Jake Hirabayashi, Urabe and Luke Persico to bring the count to 3-3.

However, UCSB answered in the next half inning to regain their lead. A one-out double from Devon Gradford scored a run and lifted the Gauchos back on top, 4-3.

The Bruins had chances to tie it in the eighth and ninth innings, getting a runner into scoring position each time, but failed to plate the crucial run. In all, UCLA left 10 men on base in the 4-3 defeat.

UCLA goes back to Pac-12 play this weekend when it hosts the Arizona State Sun Devils for a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 20 at 6:00pm PT. Tickets for all three games are available and can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also watch games two and three live on the Pac-12 Network or listen live to all three games at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Luke Persico has recorded at least one hit in 16 of his last 17 games…Brett Urabe recorded his second three-hit game and 10th multi-hit game this season…Trent Chatterton has reached base in 11 consecutive games…Jake Pries recorded his first career stolen base…The Bruins end the regular season 13-13 in non-conference play and 0-2 against UC Santa Barbara.

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