June 19, 2010
Game 2 Notes
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Bauer, Balance Buoy
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – It was the classic baseball
formula: good pitching and timely hitting.
Bauer (left) fanned 11 in seven innings and the Bruins scored in
all but one inning as sixth-seeded UCLA defeated third-seeded
Florida 11-3 Saturday evening in the second game of the 2010
College World Series in front of 23,271 fans at Rosenblatt
The Bruins (49-14) will meet TCU on Monday
evening at 8 p.m. CT. The Gators (47-16) will face Florida State
at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in an elimination contest. It will be the
fifth meeting this season between UF and FSU.
Every starter had at least one hit or RBI for
UCLA. It was the first CWS victory in the history of the Bruin
baseball program. UCLA was 0-2 in both of its two previous trips
to Omaha (1969 and 1997).
Bauer (11-3) allowed six hits, three runs and two
walks. He did not allow multiple base runners in an inning after
the second. Bauer set a single-season record with 152 strikeouts
for the Bruins. He also became the fifth pitcher to balk twice
in a CWS game.
“Early, I didn’t have a feel for anything but my
curveball the first couple of innings,” Bauer said, “so it was a
little bit tough. I came in after the second and talked to Coach
and made a little mechanical adjustment. After that, I could
command my fastball good. So I kind of settled in after that,
pitching off the fastball.”
Erik Goeddel pitched the final two scoreless
innings for the Bruins with no hits, two walks and two
UCLA was retired in order in the second, but
tallied runs in each of the other eight frames.
Dean Espy had a RBI single in the first as the
Bruins took the early lead.
Florida got a two-run single by Brian Johnson
with two outs in the bottom of the first for a 2-1 advantage.
Niko Gallego, Rich Amaral
and Blair Dunlap each reached and scored in the third as UCLA
took the lead for good at 4-2. Steve Rodriguez walked and scored
on a passed ball in the fourth to push the advantage to 5-2.
Josh Adams homered with one out in the bottom of
the frame, his ninth, as the Gators pulled to within two at 5-3.
Rodriguez added a two-run single in the fifth,
Espy singled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, Rodriguez
doubled and scored in the seventh and Justin Uribe had a
two-base hit and scored in the eighth as the Bruins built a 10-3
cushion. The final run came in the ninth on an Espy run-scoring
“The first three innings, I think we were a
little overexcited,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “And then
we settled down. I thought Trevor would do that.”
Gallego finished with four
hits and two runs. Amaral and Espy both had three hits, while
Rodriguez had two hits, two runs and two RBI.
“I think tonight the big thing was just staying
relaxed as a team,” said Amaral. “It’s tough to do. A lot of
excitement was going on. But after the first couple of innings,
I think we were able to settle down and look for what we wanted
and be able to capitalize on it.”
Nolan Fontana had one hit and three walks for the
“All the credit needs to go to UCLA,” said
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “They were outstanding on
the mound, outstanding at the plate. They battled all day long.”
Florida centerfielder Matt den Dekker had an
outstanding catch to start the fourth. Brett Krill crushed a
ball to dead center. Den Dekker made an over-the-shoulder
sliding catch on the warning track. It was the top play on
“Matt’s real humble about the catch,” O’Sullivan
said, “but that was one of the best catches I’ve ever seen.”
(photo courtesy of UCLA Media