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Claypool leads UCLA to 4-1 win over UC Irvine

Garett Claypool was zoned in Tuesday night.

The senior right-hander tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings, leading the UCLA baseball team to a 4-1 win against UC Irvine (24-14) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

"Every time you’re out there, you want to compete and go as long as you can," Claypool said. "I had to do a little convincing to have coach [John Savage] keep me in the game.”

By the time Savage brought in Erik Goeddel in the eighth, Claypool had done enough. The Bruins' offense had done just enough too.

After stranding eight runners in the first four innings, UCLA scored three in the fifth -- highlighted by Chris Giovinazzo's two-run blast -- to open a rather comfortable 4-0 advantage.

Closer Dan Klein lowered his ERA to a minuscule 0.62 and earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

UCLA (30-7), which reached 30 wins in the fewest games in program history, welcomes No. 3 Arizona State (33-5) for a three-game series beginning Friday night.