Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and say well done. After Oregon St. starting pitcher Greg Peavey threw a complete game, two-hitter while allowing just one run, that's all UCLA could do. The Beavers' ace, who lowered a stellar ERA of 2.13 ERA coming into the game, was the star of the show from pitch number one and dominated in a 4-1 Oregon St. win.
While Peavey was in complete control, the UCLA pitchers were anything but. Bruin pitchers walked eight and hit three batters in what determined the ballgame. Of Oregon St.'s four runs, three reached by walk or hit by pitch. Gerrit Cole picked up his second straight no decision after going six innings and allowing three hits, one run, striking out 10 and walking seven. Mitchell Beacom relieved him and was charged with three runs without recording an out and Erik Goeddel struck out two in two shutout innings.
Tyler Rahmatulla was the only Bruin pitcher to reach base twice, drawing a pair of walks. Justin Uribe and Cody Regis each singled one, accounting for UCLA's only two hits.
Oregon St. tallied first in the first despite failing to get a hit. A walk and hit by pitch put two men on base with one out for the Beavers. Consecutive walks then forced in a run to put UCLA in a 1-0 hole. Cole did get back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning, but Oregon St. was already leading.
It wasn't until the fourth inning that UCLA picked up their first hit. After Rahmatulla walked, his second of the game with both accounting for the Bruins' first two base runners, Uribe hit a ground ball to shortstop. Because Rahmatulla was stealing second, the shortstop vacated his position and the ball rolled into left field for a single to put runners on the corners with one out. Cody Keefer fought back to draw a walk and load the bases with just one out still. Regis followed with a fly ball to center, allowing Rahmatulla to score easily, but Uribe began to go to third only to turn back to second and see Regis standing there so Uribe was tagged out for the third out of the inning.
The run counted and UCLA had evened the game at one apiece. Cole had to battle to keep it a tie game, never more so than in the sixth when Cole got his 10th strikeout on his 124th pitch of the night with two runners on base.
Beacom entered in the seventh and gave up a lead off double, then hit consecutive batters to load up the bases. Goeddel relieved him and the first batter he faced ripped a double to left center, scoring all three base runners.
With a 4-1 lead, Peavey continued to dominate and put UCLA away in the eighth and ninth easily to give the Beavers the series opener.
The Bruins drop to 23-3 and 2-2 in conference play with the loss, but Arizona St. also lost so UCLA loses no ground to the former conference leaders, while Oregon St. jumps to the top with a 3-1 record in the Pac-10.