Sunday, 24 February 2013 05:13

Bruins drop one to Baylor

No. 2 UCLA Baseball Falls to Baylor, 5-0
Vander Tuig strikes out three in six innings while Carroll goes 2-5 with a stolen base.

Waco, Tex. - The No. 2 ranked UCLA Baseball team dropped the second game of a three-game series with Baylor, falling to the Bears, 5-0, before a crowd of over 3,000 at Baylor Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.

Right-hander Dillon Newman earned the win for the Bears after throwing five shutout innings. Junior Nick Vander Tuig took the loss for the Bruins despite having a good day on the mound, giving up just four hits and two runs in six innings pitched. Junior Brian Carroll put together another multi-hit day at the plate for the Bruins, going 2-5 with a stolen base.

Neither team would score for the first four frames, but in the bottom of the fifth inning, Baylor third baseman Cal Towey broke the scoreless tie with a two-run home run off Vander Tuig that put the Bears up, 2-0. The Bruins threatened in the top of the sixth though, getting the first two runners on base. After Pat Gallagher laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, sophomore Chris Keck fouled out to third to bring up junior Brenton Allen. Allen was able to draw a walk to load the bases with two outs, but freshman Trent Chatterton struck out in the next at-bat to end the inning.

Baylor then opened the game up a little in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs to increase their lead to 5-0. After loading the bases with nobody out, Lawton Langford hit a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 3-0. The next batter was Steve DalPorto, who executed a suicide squeeze to score the next run to make it 4-0. Baylor capped off the inning with a RBI single to shortstop by Jake Miller to give them the 5-0 advantage heading to the ninth. UCLA was unable to score any runs in the ninth inning and Baylor went on to claim the 5-0 victory.

The two teams will square off in the rubber match tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. PT at Baylor Ballpark. Left-hander Grant Watson (1-0, 0.00) will start for the Bruins while right-hander Austin Stone (0-0, 0.00) will take the mound for the Bears.

Game Notes: This is the fifth consecutive game that Nick Vander Tuig has pitched at least six innings...Vander Tuig allowed just one hit through the first four innings of play... Brian Carroll posted his third straight multi-hit game and his fourth in the last five games...Carroll also stole a base for the second straight game, giving him five steals in six attempts on the reaching base tonight, junior Pat Valaika and sophomore Kevin Kramer have both now reached base in all five of UCLA's contests this year.

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