April 10, 2012
Los Angeles - Four Bruin pitchers held the Titans to just four hits and Pat Valaika's RBI-triple and run in the fourth inning was the difference as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 4-2 Tuesday night in a non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Grant Watson improved to 7-1 with a strong six-inning effort that saw the southpaw carry a no-hitter for the first 4.1 innings. David Berg, Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs each pitched a scoreless, hitless inning in relief with Griggs nailing down his eighth save of the season.
Koby Gauna suffered the loss to fall to 3-3 on the year. Gauna allowed all four runs - two earned - over 3.1 innings before giving way to the bullpen which held the Bruins scoreless the rest of the way.
UCLA scored right away in the first. Beau Amaral and Tyler Heineman singled to put Bruins at the corners and then the Titans took two outs for a run when Cody Keefer grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
An error by third baseman Matt Chapman keyed a three-run fourth and led to Gauna's unearned runs. After a one-out walk and stolen base to Trevor Brown, Gauna induced a groundball to third. Chapman looked the runner back to second and his throw went wide to first allowing Brown to score and the hitter Eric Filia-Snyder to move all the way to second. Valaika followed with a triple into the left-field corner to drive home Filia-Snider to end Gauna's night.
Tyler Peitzmeier came in and got Cody Regis to pop up for the would-be third out, but with just one out, it turned into a sac-fly for Regis and a 4-0 lead for UCLA.
After a one-out walk to Ivory Thomas in the top of the fifth, Mat Chapman broke up Watson's no-hit bid with a single through the right side. Matt Orloff's single between third and short loaded the bases for Anthony Hutting, who promptly singled to right, just out of the reach of second baseman Kevin Williams for the Titans' first run. Chad Wallach followed with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 4-2.
Fullerton tried to rally in the seventh with a Bruin error and a walk, but Wallach bounced into a 5-3, inning-ending double play - the 30th of the year for Fullerton - to end the threat.
UCLA (22-8) snaps Fullerton's (21-11) four-game winning streak as they head into Pac-12 action against No. 4 Arizona this weekend in Tucson. The first-place Titans head to UC Irvine for a key Big West match-up with the Anteaters. Friday's game will be at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's game will be at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game will be at 2 p.m., with the finale being televised by ESPNU.