The Bruins were all flummoxed at the plate (Photo Credit: Scott Wu)
On Friday night, Oregon St. couldn't touch Adam Plutko. He was dominant and pretty early on it was clear that no matter what the Beavers did, they weren't going to have a chance. On Saturday, the script was flipped. Oregon St. had the dominant pitcher in Jace Fry and the freshman was in control from the very beginning. He punched out six in the ballgame, including two in the ninth inning, as part of a complete game shutout that led the Beavers to a 3-0 win, knotting up the series at a game apiece.
Fry limited UCLA to just six hits in the ballgame and no Bruin had multiple hits. The lone bright spot at the plate was Beau Amaral, who picked up a base hit to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. He also worked a walk in the game, joining the one hit, one walk Jeff Gelalich as the only Bruins to reach base twice on the afternoon.
Once again, Nick Vander Tuig was good enough to keep the Bruins in the game, but not quite good. He was inefficient and was in and out of trouble all game. As a result, he failed to make it out of the sixth inning, surrendering three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 4-3 on the year. Grant Watson and Zack Ortiz each retired a batter before Chase Brewer struck out one, walked one and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.
Vander Tuig was in trouble early on, surrendering two singles and a walk in the first inning as the Beavers loaded up the bases. The right-hander responded to the challenge, though, striking out the next man to get out of trouble.
Gelalich led off the second inning with a double, but a double play erased him. That would prove to be really hurtful when Pat Valaika ripped a double to left next, only to be stranded at second.
Both Oregon St. and UCLA left a man in scoring position in their next at-bats, but the Beavers finally got the breakthrough in the third. A hit by pitch and single with one out brought up Ryan Dunn and the third baseman laced one into right center for a double, scoring the game's opening run. A groundout followed, allowing another run to score and the Beavers were on top, 2-0.
Nobody reached base for either time in the fourth or fifth and while Amaral did single and reach base in the sixth, he was left there. That brought Dunn up again to lead off the Beavers' half of the inning and he got to Vander Tuig once again. Dunn hit a 3-2 pitch out to left for a solo home run, adding to Oregon St.'s lead.
UCLA put men on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but they never even got a man into scoring position. Fry was just too good on Saturday and he put an exclamation point in the ninth with a quick, two strikeout inning to wrap up a Oregon St. victory.