After giving away the series opener, the Bruins came back today to defeat Cal 9-4. Combined with Oregon St.'s loss to Washington, the Bruins moved back into second place in the Pac-10. Trevor Bauer led the way on the mound for UCLA, throwing his second consecutive complete game and striking 10 while allowing four runs.
On UCLA day and with Rachel Robinson, the wife of Jackie Robinson, in the crowd, the Bruins scored first and never gave the lead back. Cody Decker led off the UCLA second with a towering home run to left field, his 16th homer of the season, to put UCLA up 1-0. A pair of singles, followed by an error by the Cal third baseman loaded the bases for the Bruins later that inning and Niko Gallego took advantage by lacing a double down the right field line to score two. Tyler Rahmatulla followed that up with a single to score another run and after two innings, the Bruins led 4-0.
A one out triple with a runner on first got Cal on the board in the third inning. That triple was followed by a single, scoring Cal's second run of the game and cutting the UCLA lead to 4-2.
After the Bears' two third inning runs, the two offenses went silent until the UCLA bats came out of hibernation in the sixth. Singles by Eddie Murray and Gino Aielli, to go along with a walk by Decker loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. The bases loaded with one out was a situation that the Bruins floundered in on Friday and after Blair Dunlap popped up to second, it looked like the Bruins would come up empty in the situation again. Chris Giovinazzo came through though by lining a ball to the warning track in center field that emptied the bases and stretched the UCLA lead to 7-2. Brett Krill followed with a double of his own to score Giovinazzo and after six innings, the Bruins held a 8-2 advantage.
In the seventh inning, Cal put runners on second and third with two out and were looking to try to get back in the game. It was not to be though as the batter stroked a ball deep to left, but Krill made a spectacular running catch while crashing into the left field wall to end the inning.
UCLA added a run in the eighth when Dunlap singled home Decker and Cal was able to score a pair in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins got back over .500 with the win.
Giovinazzo led UCLA with three RBI on the afternoon on a pair of hits, while scoring a pair of runs as well. Gallego was 1-2 in the ballgame with a couple RBI and right of the nine UCLA starters had at least one RBI or run.
Now 24-23 on the year and 14-9 in the Pac-10, the Bruins will look to pick up their fourth consecutive series win tomorrow at 1 pm PDT. Charles Brewer will take his 3-4 record and 3.60 ERA with him to the mound tomorrow in search of his third consecutive win. If you can't make it out to the games, you can listen to it or follow it on GameTracker via the official site. You can also stay up to date on all things UCLA baseball from game updates to news to analysis to the latest on the Bruins' regional chances on my UCLA baseball twitter.