Big Inning Costly for Cougars
March 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Seventh-ranked UCLA tallied six runs in the sixth inning against the Washington State bullpen and posted a 12-3 victory in Pac-12 baseball, Saturday.
The Bruins (17-4, 4-1 Pac-12) trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth After a one-out double against reliever Kellen Camus, Richie Ochoa (0-1) entered the game for the Cougars (10-10, 1-4 Pac-12). After Ochoa recorded the second out on a ground ball, he walked one and yielded five-straight hits as UCLA grabbed an 8-3 lead.
"We got to find ways to close out games," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We didn't capitalize on opportunities early and kept it a close game. That gave UCLA a chance and they took advantage of it."
Ty Jackson started the seventh for Washington State and gave up a walk and a double in one-third of an inning. Spencer Jackson finished the seventh, but not before a pair of doubles and a walk led to four Bruins' runs.
Washington State played small ball in the fifth to score twice and go on top 3-1 against Bruins' starter Nick Vander Tuig. With one out, Nate Blackham reached on an infield single. Collin Slaybaugh and Jason Monda followed with back-to-back bunt single to load the bases. Taylor Ard struck out, but Derek Jones delivered a two-out, two-run single that gave the Cougars the lead.
UCLA scored once in the bottom of the fifth and had runners at first and third with out. Camus came in to relieve Pistorese and induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Trevor Brown.
David Berg (3-0), the first of three UCLA relievers, pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball to earn the victory.
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