UCLA: Ryan Deeter

Rapid Reaction: Florida State 4, UCLA 1

June, 19, 2012

UCLA's season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Florida State in an elimination game at the College World Series Tuesday in Omaha. Here’s a quick look at the game:

OVERVIEW: Florida State struck early, tagging UCLA starter Zack Weiss for two runs on three walks and a hit in only 1/3 of an inning before he got pulled.

Both of the Florida State first-inning runs came on bases loaded walks as reliever Grant Watson walked the first man he faced after coming in with the bases loaded.

The Seminoles (50-16) consistently worked long at-bats, forcing UCLA pitchers to make 94 pitches through the first four innings. They left eight runners on base over that stretch but struck for two more runs in the fourth when cleanup hitter Joyce Boyd laid down a surprise bunt with the bases loaded and one out on the first pitch by UCLA reliever Ryan Deeter.

Third baseman Kevin Kramer charged the ball and tried to grab it, but overran the ball. As the it sat on the infield grass, Florida State's Devon Travis motored from second and scored giving Boyd a two-run bunt single that traveled about 50 feet.

Florida State pitchers Scott Sitz, Hunter Scantling and Robert Benincasa did the rest. Sitz, the starter, pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up only one run and five hits with eight strikeouts. Scantling and Benincasa closed out the game with 1 1/3 perfect innings.

TURNING POINT: Things started looking up for UCLA in the sixth inning when Kevin Williams walked, Beau Amaral doubled, Tyler Heineman got hit by a pitch and Cody Keefer singled in a run to make the score 4-1.

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LOS ANGELES--Yes, UCLA can hit a little bit, too.

And the Bruins do, indeed, have a solid bullpen.

Dominant starting pitching had been the story for UCLA the first two days of the NCAA regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium, but the Bruins broke out the bats in a big way Sunday and thumped Creighton, 13-5, to win the regional and advance to a Super Regional for the second time in three years and third time in six.

UCLA, seeded No. 2 nationally, will face the winner of Monday's elimination game between Texas Christian and Mississippi next weekend. If the Bruins continue to play the way they did in the regional, they should have no trouble winning that best-of-three series and making a return trip to Omaha for the College World Series.

The Bruins (45-14) simply steamrolled through the regional, displaying dominance in all facets of the game. Right fielder Jeff Gelalich keyed the Bruins charge Sunday, blasting two home runs off the hitting facility beyond the right field fence to lead the offensive outburst.

The 11-hit attack came on the heels of dominant outings by starters Adam Plutko and Nick Vander Tuig, who combined to give up only three hits and no earned runs in 17 combined innings on Friday and Saturday. Zack Weiss started Sunday and wasn't quite as effective, but the offense and the bullpen -- which hadn't gotten much work this weekend -- carried the day.

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Bruins riding strong bullpen this season

May, 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES--With one game left in the regular season, the UCLA baseball team finds itself in an eerily similar situation to where they were last year at this time: Right in the thick of the Pac-12 title race.

The way they have gotten there, however, is quite a bit different.

The Bruins are riding a hot bullpen that has helped make up for the departures of pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, who were the first and third picks in the major league baseball draft last June.

Cole and Bauer dominated games for the Bruins last season and pitched the Bruins to the Pac-12 title by winning games the final weekend at Arizona State, but with no such domination from starting pitching this year, the Bruins are relying on their bullpen.

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