Beau Amaral's two-run homer was one of the few bright spots for UCLA (Photo Credit: Official Site)
One ugly inning was all it took for UCLA to get beat around by Long Beach St. The same team that the Bruins had defeated 10-1 in February came back with a vengeance on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium and whipped on the UCLA, 16-4. After coming back from two early deficits to go ahead 4-3, an eight-run fifth inning killed the Bruins' chances at victory and marked a number of unfortunate milestones for the pitching staff. The night marked the team's season high in runs allowed, hits allowed and home runs allowed. The loss also dropped UCLA to 27-6 on the year.
Garett Claypool managed just four innings in his start, his shortest start of the season. He allowed three runs in those four innings and was left with the no decision. Matt Drummond earned the loss for his horror outing, allowing six runs (five earned)and retiring just one batter. Brandon Lodge allowed a run without retiring a batter and Mitchell Beacom followed with a run allowed of his own in one inning. Scott Griggs allowed four runs in 1.1 innings, Chase Brewer did not allow a run in a third of an inning, Matt Grace allowed a run in an inning and Dan Klein threw a scoreless inning.
The offense tallied just seven hits and two of those came from Beau Amaral, who picked up a pair, including a two-run homer. Blair Dunlap tripled, scored a run and drove a run in and Brett Krill had a RBI. Cody Regis and Niko Gallego each came around to score once.
Things got off wrong for the Bruins when the Dirtbags hit a pair of second inning home runs to put UCLA on their heels yet again.
Amaral's homer to right field evened the game up in the third. Gallego reached on an infield single and after a fly out, Amaral turned on a pitch and deposited it over the fence in right field.
With the game tied two apiece, another Long Beach St. homer broke the deadlock with a solo shot in the fourth, but the Bruins came back in the bottom half of the inning to grab the lead back. After Regis walked, Dunlap tripled off of the wall to tie the game. A single by Krill scored Dunlap and put the Bruins ahead for the final time at 4-3.
The fifth inning was a frame of hell for UCLA. After an out, a single, error and single scored a run. A three-run homer followed to put the Dirtbags ahead 7-4. A singe and a walk kept the Beach pressure coming and another single scored another run. This brought up yet another three-run homer for the inning's eighth run and eighth consecutive batter to reach base.
With an 11-4 lead, the Dirtbags settled in and kept it going. Another three-run homer added to the tally in the seventh and a RBI single made it 15-4 before an eighth inning run capped the scoring at 16-4.
Note: Earlier in the day, UCLA announced a May 18th contest at homer versus UC Santa Barbara was added to the schedule. The game replaces the game versus Oklahoma St. that was rained out on February 27th and gives the Bruins a full 56-game slate.