Jeff Gelalich picked up three doubles and three RBI (Photo Credit: Scott Wu)
UCLA came into the weekend with one goal: keep the momentum going. They did exactly that, getting their starting pitching on track to join a hot hitting offense and stout bullpen as they put the bow on a sweep over Sacramento St. with a 11-2 win on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The offense picked up 11 hits to go with their 11 runs and the pitching staff surrendered just four hits, giving the Bruins a sixth straight win and a 8-3 record as they get ready for their last weekend of non-conference play before Pac-12 games start in two weeks.
A day after his nine-game hit streak was snapped, Jeff Gelalich got back on track with a big day on Sunday. The junior went 3-3 on the afternoon with all three of his hits being run-scoring doubles. The result was three RBI, two runs and he tossed a walk and stolen base in for good measure. Kevin Williams chipped in with three hits of his own, two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base, while Tyler Heineman extended his hit streak to 11 games with a couple hits and two RBI on the day that Cody Keefer's hit streak ended at 10.
On the mount, Zack Weiss gave the Bruins a solid start and the bullpen a but of a rest with seven solid innings. The right-hander surrendered just two runs on four hits on the day to pick up his first win of the season and level the record at 1-1. Chase Brewer and Eric Jaffe each worked a scoreless innings, giving Ryan Deeter a day off for just the second time all season.
Each team had a chance to score in the first inning thanks to some free passes, but neither could convert. For the Hornets it was two two-out walks, while two walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bags for the Bruins with two outs, but like Sacramento St., they came up empty.
UCLA did take advantage of their opportunity in the second, though. After Pat Valaika reached and took second, Williams doubled to right, scoring Valaika and putting the Bruins in front.
The following inning, Gelalich put a ball into the right-center field gap, scoring Keefer and giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. A Trevor Brown single later and Gelalich was around to score, stretching the UCLA lead to 2-0.
Weiss got into some trouble in the fourth inning when the Hornets turned a inning-starting single and double into a pair of runs, but the Bruins answered right back.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins got it going with one out to stretch their lead back out. Williams singled and Beau Amaral walked, then they pulled off a double steal to put two in scoring position with just one out. That's when Heineman ripped a single to left, scoring a pair to restore the Bruins' three run lead. A couple batters later, Gelalich hit his second RBI double of the game and UCLA was up, 6-2.
The Bruins added to their lead an inning later when Valaika walked and took second to put a man in scoring position before Williams singled him home to give UCLA a five-run lead.
Just for good measure, the Bruins padded their lead some more in the sixth. Heineman led off the frame with a double and Gelalich followed with a one-out double to make it 7-2. An error then allowed Brown to reach before Kevin Kramer singled Gelalich home. An error on the play also allowed Brown to score too, then Valaika hit a sacrifice fly to score Kramer and the Bruins had their 11-2 winning margin to complete the sweep.