ARIZONA BASEBALL

13 Cats go down on strikes in 'painful' loss to Bruins

2010-04-25T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:04:29Z 13 Cats go down on strikes in 'painful' loss to BruinsRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Ucla 021 201 000 - 6 Arizona Daily Star

UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer began Saturday's 6-2 win over the Arizona Wildcats by walking past the mound and toward second base.

With all the effort of a carnival patron throwing at wooden milk bottles, Bauer took a crow-hop and whipped a 95 mph warm-up pitch toward his catcher.

It was weird, wild - and a little bit intimidating.

But it worked.

Bauer threw a complete game, striking out 13, as the Bruins (29-6 overall, 7-4 Pac-10) secured a series win at Kindall/Sancet Stadium.

Arizona (27-11, 7-7) must win today to avoid being swept.

"Got to. Have to," UA coach Andy Lopez said. "The weeks are dwindling. Get swept, and you don't get a lot of opportunities to make up for it."

Saturday's game came down to opportunities - and opportunities lost.

Look no further than the first inning.

Bauer hit Joey Rickard with a pitch to lead off the UA inning, and Rafael Valenzuela followed with a single. Rickard and Valenzuela both advanced on a wild pitch, giving the Wildcats runners on second and third with no outs.

What happened next was a sign of things to come. Using well-placed fastballs and good off-speed pitches, Bauer struck out the UA's three best hitters - Jett Bandy, Steve Selsky and Robert Refsnyder - to end the inning.

"It was a slow, small image of what he was going to the rest of the night," Lopez said.

The Bruins scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.

Tyler Rahmatulla did most of the damage, launching a solo home run to left field in the third inning and following it an inning later with a two-out, two-run double.

Rahmatulla single-handedly chased UA starter Kyle Simon from the game. The right-hander pitched five innings, allowing six runs - five earned - on nine hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Most weekends, Simon's performance would be enough to keep his team in the game. Not Saturday - though the Wildcats had 10 hits, they couldn't drive in runs when it counted.

Much of the time, they couldn't even make contact.

Arizona has struck out 23 times - and walked once - in its last two games. Saturday was especially bad: Bobby Brown was the only UA regular who wasn't called out on strikes.

Nobody hates strikeouts more than Lopez, who understands that any batted ball - especially one coming off an aluminum bat - can lead to a run.

No contact, no runs.

"I think strikeouts are painful," he said. "This has been a painful few nights."

UCLA 6, Arizona 2

UCLA ab r h bi Arizona ab r h bi

Amaral cf 4 1 3 0 Rickard cf 4 0 0 0

Krill rf 0 0 0 0 Valenzuela 1b 5 0 3 1

Dunlap dh 5 1 1 0 Bandy c 5 1 1 0

Rahmatulla 2b 3 1 3 3 Selsky rf 4 0 2 1

Regis 3b 3 0 0 0 Refsnyder 2b 4 0 0 0

Espy 1b 4 0 0 0 Brown dh 4 0 2 0

Keefer lf 5 1 2 0 Mjs-Brn 3b 4 0 1 0

Gelalich rf 4 0 0 0 Rinard lf 3 0 1 0

Giovinazzo cf 1 0 0 0 Mejia ss 3 0 0 0

Gallego ss 4 1 1 1 Frenzel ph 0 1 0 0

Rodriguez c 4 1 0 1

Totals 37 6 10 5 Totals 36 2 10 2

Arizona 000 010 001 - 2

E: Refsnyder (7), Mejias-Brean (12). LOB: UCLA 14, Arizona 10. 2B: Rahmatulla, Gallego, Bandy, Brown, Rinard. 3B: Selsky. HR: Rahmatulla (5). SB: Gallego 3 (13). S: Rahmatulla, Rinard.

UCLA IP H R ER BB SO

Bauer W, 6-3 9 10 2 2 1 13

Arizona

Simon L, 6-3 5 9 6 5 3 4

Hale 2 2/3 1 0 0 2 3

Littleman 1 0 0 0 1 0

Manthei 1/3 0 0 0 1 0

WP: Bauer. HBP: by Bauer (Rickard), by Simon (Amaral), by Hale (Rahmatulla). Time: 2:51. Att: 1,223.

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• Who: UCLA at Arizona

• When: Noon

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