Saturday, 21 May 2016 12:52

UCLA Drops Opener to Arizona State

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Molinar K350LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins dropped the opening game of the series to the Arizona State Sun Devils, 12-4, on Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Griffin Canning (5-7) got the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Seth Martinez (9-3) earned the win for the Sun Devils, allowing three runs on six hits over eight innings.

The Bruin offense totaled eight hits on the night, led by Luke Persico (3-for-5, RBI) who notched a team-high three. Daniel Rosica (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) also pitched in a pair of doubles in the defeat.

Arizona State (32-18, 14-11) struck first in the game with a run in the top of the third to take the early lead. Jordan Aboites got the Sun Devils on the board with a sac-fly to left field to go up 1-0.

UCLA (24-27, 11-14) came right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the third to even the count. Eric Filia launched his third home run of the season deep to right field to tie the score at one apiece.

However, the Sun Devils answered with three runs in the fourth to regain their lead over the Bruins. Back-to-back doubles from Colby Woodmansee and Andrew Shaps got the scoring started. Then, Brian Serven followed with a two-run home run and Arizona State led 4-1.

The Bruins bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs to pull back within one. After a walk to Christoph Bono and a Trent Chatterton double, Rosica ripped a line drive to the gap in right-center for a double of his own to push both runners in and make the score 4-3.

That’s as close as UCLA would get before Arizona State put the game away in the seventh with six runs. A bases clearing double from Gage Canning served as the big blow in an inning which saw the Sun Devils rack up five hits and bring 10 men to the plate.

A Persico RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth marked the last run of the night as the Bruins eventually fell 12-4.

UCLA and Arizona State play game two tomorrow at 7:05pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets are available and can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also watch live on the Pac-12 Network or listen live at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Luke Persico has recorded at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 games…Persico notched his seventh three-hit game and team-leading 20th multi-hit game…Daniel Rosica recorded his first career two double game…Trent Chatterton has now reached base in 12 consecutive games…Griffin Canning allowed a career-high eight earned runs…Nathan Hadley allowed a career-high tying two runs and three hits.

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