UCLA Keeps Hot Start Going With 12-3 Win Over UCSB

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Bruins improved to 5-2 with a 12-3 thumping of the Gauchos.

UCLA went a perfect 11-0 in midweek games last season and on Tuesday they took their first step towards repeating that feat in 2013. Thanks to a well-rounded offense that saw seven players pick up hits, the Bruins pounded UC Santa Barbara 12-3 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium to win their first midweek game of the season and push their record to 5-2 on the year.

Trent Chatterton continued his strong start to the season with a 3-for-4, three run, two RBI effort. The freshman, who is only starting because of the injury to Kevin Williams, is now hitting .375 on the season. Brian Carroll also continued his hot hitting with a team-leading three RBI, while Ty Moore had two hits, three runs and two RBI and Pat Gallagher chipped in with two hits of his own.

Cody Poteet did his part to join Chatterton and Moore as stellar freshmen on Tuesday, picking up the win in his first collegiate start. The right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in five innings to even his record at 1-1 on the year. Fellow freshman Hunter Virant tossed a perfect inning before Zack Weiss worked a scoreless frame. Ryan Deeter had some issues, walking two as he surrendered one run in his inning of work and David Berg wrapped things up with a scoreless, two-strikeout inning.

The Bruins got on the board in the third when Moore led off with a walk and Chatterton followed with a single. After Eric Filia bunted them over, Carroll grounded to shot to score Moore and the Bruins were in front. Kevin kramer then dropped a double into left to score Chatterton and UCLA had taken a 2-0 lead.

Two innings later, UCLA doubled their lead and again it started with Moore and Chatterton. This time Moore singled and Chatterton walked before Filia bunted them over. Carroll then laced a single into left center, scoring the two and UCLA was up 4-0.

All the while, Poteet was throwing a gem. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, which he followed up with a double play, but he ran into trouble in the fifth.

The freshman hit the leadoff man and after a groundout moved the Gaucho to second, a single scored him to make it a 4-1 ballgame. After another groundout, UCSB had a man on second again so when Chatterton made an error that allowed a grounder to get to the outfield, the Gauchos plated another run and the UCLA lead was down to ust two runs. At that point, John Savage had the bullpen up and Poteet was on his last chance, but the freshman came through, inducing a groundout to end the frame.

UCLA worked quickly to put the game away as soon as UCSB made a run at them, though. A walk by Pat Valaika and single by Gallagher started the sixth and after Shane Zeile was hit by a pitch the Bruins had the bases juiced with nobody out. After a fielder's choice forced out Valaika at the plate, Moore got UCLA the two runs back with a double down the right field line. Gallagher and Zeile scored on the play and the Bruins' four-run lead was restored. Chatterton followed with a single through the left side, scoring another, before Filia doubled home two more and UCLA led 9-2. The Bruins capped off the inning with some help from the Gauchos as a sacrifice fly by Valaika scored one then an error on the play scored another and lead 11-2, UCLA had the game in their pocket.

UCSB did get a run back in the eighth inning when Deeter's leadoff walk came back to bite him, but the game was long over by then. UCLA did add one more run in the ninth for good measure when Chatterton's groundout scored a run, capping off a great day in Santa Barbara as the Bruins picked up right where they left off last season in midweek contests -- perfect.

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