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Baseball Falls at No. 22 UCLA, 9-3

Nathan Orf tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.


Nathan Orf tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.
3
BAYLOR
(6-1) Rank: #25
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
3 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 X 9 12 1

Box Score

Los Angeles, Calif. • Attendance: 709

9
UCLA
(3-3) Rank: #22
STATS COMPARISON
Runs 3 9
AB 33 32
Hits 7 12
RBI 3 8
BB 6 8
SO 7 2
LOB 11 11

STAT LEADERS
Orf 2 H 3 Amaral
None -- 2B 1 Three Players
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR 1 Gelalich
Orf 2 RBI 2 Two Players
Vick 1 SB 1 Carroll

PITCHING
IP
H
R
ER
SO
W - Berg (1-0) 1.1 1 0 0 0
L - Ashby (0-1) 1.1 1 2 2 0

POSTGAME NOTES
Max Muncy extended his on-base streak to a career-high 25 games and his hitting streak to seven games ... Nathan Orf extended his hitting streak to four games and his on-base streak to seven straight ... Orf had his 2nd multi-hit game and 2nd multi-RBI games ... Josh Ludy reached base safely for the 7th straight game ... Adam Toth extended his hitting streak to six games ... Logan Vick stole his 1st base of the year and the 18th of his career ... Jake Miller recorded his 1st bunt single of the season ... Doug Ashby worked a career-long 1.1 innings ... Baylor is now 2-1 in the all-time against series UCLA ... Baylor is now 21-20 all-time against teams currently playing in the Pac-12 Conference.
Feb. 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES - Baylor suffered its first loss of the season as No. 22 UCLA broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run outburst in the seventh inning on its way to a 9-3 victory over the Bears on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA's (3-3) win sets up a rubber game on Sunday with Baylor (6-1) looking for its fifth straight series win dating back to last season.

"I didn't think we played that poorly, as much as they executed," head coach Steve Smith said. "We played hard, and we were playing hard until the end. The bunt game, putting balls in play and getting something to fall was the difference in the game."

The Bears' bullpen had been strong through the first six games of the season, allowing only three runs over 29.0 innings, but UCLA took advantage of five hits and three walks to score five runs against three Baylor relievers in the seventh.

Baylor started the scoring in the first when Logan Vick reached on an error allowing Nathan Orf to score, but the Bears left the bases loaded and the Bruins answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first. Cody Keefer drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Jeff Gelalich followed with a two-run homer to give UCLA a 3-1 lead.

The Bears tied the game when Nathan Orf drove in Michael Howard and Jake Miller with a two-out, two run single in the fourth, but the Bears didn't score again the rest of the game.

Baylor starting pitching Max Garner settled in and held UCLA scoreless until turning the ball over to Doug Ashby out of the bullpen with two on and no outs in the fifth. Ashby escaped that jam by getting a line-drive double play and a groundout, but the Bruins got to him in the sixth.

Brian Carroll drew a one-out walk and stole second base, setting up Pat Valaika's RBI single that gave UCLA a 4-3 lead. Kolt Browder came out of the Baylor bullpen and gave up back-to-back bunt singles, a RBI double and a sacrifice fly. A passed ball allowed UCLA's eighth run to score before Joey Hainsfurther got a strikeout to end the inning.

The Bruins added on another run in the eighth to cap the scoring at 9-3. Each team left 11 runners on base, with the Bears drawing six walks and issuing eight.

Orf had the Bears' only multi-hit game, finished 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Beau Amaral led the Bruins at the plate in a 3-for-5 effort with two runs and two RBI, while four other UCLA batters had two hits apiece.

Ashby (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs in 1.1 innings, while UCLA reliever David Berg (1-0) got the win with 1.1 innings of shutout relief. Garner went 4.0 innings and allowed three runs on six hits, while UCLA starter Nick Vander Tuig allowed three runs on five hits in 5.2 innings.

The series concludes with a rubber game at 3 p.m. CT Sunday. Baylor is scheduled to send sophomore left-handed pitcher Brad Kuntz (1-0) to the mound against UCLA sophomore right-hander Zack Weiss (0-1).


 

 

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