Gerrit Cole did not allow an earned run in eight innings in UCLA's 4-2 win over Washington on Friday night, but even that performance can't touch the show Trevor Bauer put on today at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Bauer, a freshman who skipped his final year of high school to join the Bruins, went the full nine innings without allowing a run. He struck out eight and walked only two, while throwing the first one-hitter by a Bruin in 11 years. The win is Bauer's sixth of the year and fifth in his past five starts.
The Bruins got on the board in the second inning when Gabe Cohen doubled down the left field line to score two. Later in the inning Justin Uribe hit a scoring fly ball to plate Cohen and after two, UCLA led 3-0.
It was not until the fifth inning that the Bruins would score again, this time on a RBI single by Chris Amezquita that scorred Cody Decker from second.
Washington finally ended Bauer's no-hit bid in the sixth inning on a leadoff single, but it didn't rattle the freshman. The next pitck Bauer threw induced a 4-6-3 double play that cleared the bases.
Cohen struck again in the bottom half of the sixth, this time on a home run. After Tyler Rahmatulla was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, Cohen hit a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to give the Bruins a 6-0 advantage.
A 1-0 lead would have been plenty for Bauer on this day, as would the 6-0 lead, but the UCLA offense wasn't content with a six spot. The offense exploded in the seventh inning for seven runs. Rahmatulla doubled to score Decker and Eddie Murray singled home a pair to make it 9-0. Blair Dunlap put a cap on all of the scoring when he hit a 2-2 pitch to deep left field for a grand slam.
Dunlap's grand slam was his only hit of the game in five at-bats, but he sure made it count. Cohen matched Dunlap with four RBI, but he also scored three runs in a 2-4 effort. Rahmatulla was 2-3 with three runs scored and Gino Aielli tallied three hits on the afternoon with a pair of runs in the Bruins' 14 hit effort.
Bauer's performance was far and away the best by a Bruin pitcher this year. He was dominant from the beginning and seeing what one freshman in Bauer can do not even 24 hours after seeing what another freshman in Cole can do has got to give UCLA fans great hope for the future.
UCLA will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Charles Brewer will be tasked with picking up the sweep for the Bruins as he gets the start against Washington's Andrew Kittredge. First pitch is at 1 pm PDT and tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for Wooden Club card holders. If you can't make it out to the games, you can listen to it or follow it on GameTracker via the official site.