LOS ANGELES – No. 5 UCLA outlasted No. 22 Oregon to win the series finale, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,510 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins (21-7, 8-4) snapped Oregon’s (20-9, 8-4) five-game win streak after the Ducks claimed the first two games of the series.
UCLA totaled 12 hits on the afternoon, while the Duck pitching staff assisted the effort by combining to offer 10 free bases on seven walks and three hit batters.
What proved to be the game-winning run was scored in the seventh, as Oregon got into trouble with reliever Billy Flamion on the mound and the Ducks clinging to a 6-5 lead. After facing the minimum of three batters in the sixth and holding UCLA scoreless, Flamion issued a leadoff walk to Jeff Gelalich. He was replaced by right-hander Jeff Gold, as Gelalich moved to third on a stolen base and error.
Eric Filia-Snyder then delivered a pinch-hit single up the middle to tie the game. Filia-Snyder got into scoring position with a stolen base and a Pat Valaika single, before scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch delivered from Gold.
Gold (3-2) took the loss after allowing one run on two hits and one walk.
David Berg (4-0) stifled Oregon for the second day in a row, shutting out the Ducks and striking out two in two innings of work in the win. Scott Griggs was credited with his seventh save of the season, shutting out the Ducks in the ninth.
Both starting pitchers had rough outings as UCLA left-hander Grant Watson allowed five runs – just one earned – on four hits and two walks in one and 2/3 innings on the mound.
In his shortest start of the season, Oregon right-hander Brando Tessar tossed just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out two.
Brett Thomas led Oregon with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in a run, scoring two runs and also hitting his sixth double of the season. J.J. Altobelli batted 2-for-3 with a RBI, run scored and his ninth double of the year, while Aaron Payne had a 2-for-4 day with a run driven in.
Trevor Brown led UCLA, batting 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Beau Amaral, Cody Keefer and Valaika also recorded two hits apiece.
Oregon returns to action on Monday and Tuesday hosting San Francisco at PK Park. Monday’s first pitch is set for 6 p.m., followed by a noon start on Tuesday.