UCLA Draws Blanks In 5-0 Loss To Baylor

US PRESSWIRE

The Bruins' offense went quiet in Waco, where they were upended by the Bears.

On Friday night, UCLA's offense wasn't especially prolific, but it was opportunistic and managed to score just enough runs to top Baylor. On Saturday, the Bruin bats went completely silent and as a result, UCLA dropped the second game of their three-game series in Waco, 5-0, to set up a rubber match with the Bears on Sunday.

Once again, Brian Carroll led the way for the Bruins with another multi-hit game, going 2-for-5, but he was the only Bruin with two hits on the afternoon. In fact, only two other Bruins even reached base multiple times as Pat Valaika walked once and was hit by a pitch twice, while Pat Gallagher singled once and walked once.

The Bruins' putrid offensive performance wasted a solid start by Nick Vander Tuig, too, who absorbed the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the season. The right-hander allowed just two runs on for hits and struck out three in six innings, but he received no support. Cody Poteet didn't fare as well, allowed three runs in one-plus inning thanks to two hits and three walks, while Max Schuh and Zack Weiss combined to toss a scoreless frame.

UCLA had a chance to score in the first inning when Kevin Kramer singled with two outs and Valaika followed with a walk, but a full count strikeout ended the Bruins' threat. Carroll gave UCLA another chance to get on the scoreboard in the third when he singled with two outs and stole second, but he was also stranded. Two innings later, Carroll picked up his second hit after Trent Chatterton was hit by a pitch, but once again he was left on base as the Bruins' continued to struggle at the plate.

All of those wasted chances -- which admittedly were more half chances because they didn't come too often and all came with two outs -- came back to haunt UCLA in the fifth when Baylor finally got on the board, albeit controversially. Cal Towey hit a high drive to right that went over the right field foul pole for a two-run home run, or so the umpires said. Right fielder Eric Filia and John Savage both argued otherwise, saying the ball was fair, but the umpires wouldn't hear it and Baylor was in front 2-0.

The Bruins had their best chance to score the following inning when Valaika was hit by a pitch and Cody Regis walked to start the sixth. After a sacrifice bunt, moved them over, Chris Keck fouled out for the second out of the inning. Brenton Allen then walked to load the bases, but Chatterton watched strike three in a full count to end the frame.

The game was put to bed in the eighth when Poteet walked the lead off man, surrendered a double then walked another to load the bases with nobody out. Schuh came in and did well to induce a fly out to left, but it was deep enough for a sacrifice fly and the Bears were in front 3-0. That brought on Weiss, who surrendered a bunt single that scored another run before an infield single plated another to make it 5-0.

From there, the game was all Baylor's. They put the Bruins away in the ninth and sent the 3,000+ fans home happy, ready to return on Sunday for a rubber match.

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