April 24, 2009
Bruins bounce Beavers
in Pac-10 series opener
By Abbey Mastracco
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
LOS ANGELES - If there was a calm before the
storm Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium, it was just one
singular out: a pop up by Oregon State lead-off man Joey Wong to
UCLA third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla.
From there on, the game was a battle, as the Bruins (10-6,
18-20) scraped and fought to a 7-5 comeback win over the No. 20
Beavers (8-5, 23-10) to open the Pac-10 series.
Gerrit Cole (4-3) got the win, despite a shaky start. Blair
Dunlap (3 for 4, RBI, double, solo home run, three runs), Casey
Haether (2 for 4, RBI, run) and Cody Decker (2 for 3, double,
solo home run, two RBI, one run) led the Bruins. Gavin Brooks
got the save in one inning of scoreless relief, his sixth on the
Tyler Waldron moved to 3-3 on the season with the
loss. Waldron scattered six runs (four earned) on 10 hits over
five innings, walking one and striking out three. Ryan Ortiz put
up the best numbers for the Beavers, going 3 for 4 and was a
home run shy of the cycle. Ortiz scored twice and drove in one.
Stefan Romero went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer and three RBI.
“It wasn’t easy,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “(Oregon
State) did a great job of battling Gerrit Cole and they made him
work for every out. It was a struggle through five innings.”
Cole, the hard-throwing righty who was drafted by the Yankees in
the first round last summer, had trouble with his command. Cole
fell behind hitters and gave up a two-run lead early on. After
looking to have calmed himself with a 1-2-3 second and two quick
outs in the third, the Beavers mounted a two-out rally before
taking advantage of further command issues.
After Ortiz singled, Romero launched a high fly over the fence
in left center to put Oregon State up 4-1. Cole then walked
Jared Norris, beaned Michael Miller and hit Brett Casey to load
the bases before balking in a fifth run. Koa Kahalehoe struck
out to end the inning.
Cole lasted just five innings and threw 118 pitches. He gave up
five earned runs on four hits, striking out six - only one more
than he walked.
“I thought he was pitching frustrated, and when you pitch
frustrated you don’t have good command,” Savage said. “But he
did what he needed to do after giving up five runs, he put up
A strong defensive effort in the top of the fourth put the
momentum on the side of UCLA, and the Bruins clawed their way
back in the bottom of the by inning putting up three.
“They were putting a lot of pressure on us all night,” Dunlap
said. “A couple big play kind of helps our pitcher out, takes
him off the hook.”
UCLA continued to fight back, taking a 6-5 lead in the fifth. A
Decker sac fly drove in Justin Uribe to tie the game a two-out
opp-field double by Hearther drove in Dunlap.
In the seventh, Dunlap turned on a 2-0 inside fastball for a
solo home run, giving the Bruins a 7-5 lead they would never