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EUGENE, Ore. – Gerrit Cole held Oregon to just one run as the Ducks stranded 10 base runners in a 7-1 loss to UCLA on Friday night at PK Park.
The Bruins (25-16, 12-7) and Ducks (23-21, 5-11) will resume their series at PK Park tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.
Cole (5-5) held Oregon to one run on seven hits and one walk in seven and 1/3 innings on the hill. The right-hander struck out five and faced 31 batters.
UCLA scored seven runs on 11 hits and one Oregon error, getting the lead off runner on base on five occasions.
The Ducks stranded 10 runners, including squandering a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the eighth. Nick Vander Tuig earned his sixth save of the season by taking over on the mound with the bases loaded and one out as UCLA led 5-1. He struck out KC Serna on three pitches and retired Paul Eshleman on a fielder’s choice.
In his shortest outing of the season, Oregon left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-2) lasted just five and 1/3 innings on the hill, allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits and four walks, issuing his most free bases since his first start of the season at Hawai’i on Feb. 18.
The Ducks scored their solo run in the bottom of the sixth as Ryon Healy drove a one-out triple to center field, extending his hitting streak to a team-leading seven games. Aaron Jones plated Healy on a ball driven up the middle to UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika as Oregon trailed 4-1 after six.
Dean Espy led UCLA with a 3-for-5 performance, while Cody Regis drove in three runs on a 1-for-2 effort. Valaika was 1-for-5, but plated the Bruins last two runs in the top of the ninth.
Cody Keefer was 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Beau Amaral was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
UCLA took a one-run lead in the top of the third as Regis scored Chris Giovinazzo with a two-out single to left.
Anderson then loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with a plunked batter, single to left and bunt single in front of the plate. But the left-hander was able to limit the damage allowing just one run to score as Marcus Piazzisi made a highlight-reel catch in deep center field, and Steve Rodriguez scored on Regis’ sacrifice fly.
The Bruins added two runs in the top of the sixth as a number of errors helped UCLA to a four-run advantage. Keefer led off the top of the inning with a single to left and moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt. He scored unearned on a passed ball as UCLA led 3-0.
With the bases empty, Trevor Brown reached safely on a bunt single and moved to second on a wild pitch before being sacrificed to third. Anderson then walked Rodriguez to put runners on the corners with one out, and Oregon went to the bullpen for right-hander Scott McGough.
McGough struck out Giovinazzo, but Rodriguez caught the Ducks in a rundown and Brown was able to score UCLA’s fourth run before Rodriguez was retired as the final out.
UCLA scored a run in the seventh as a Regis sacrifice fly plated Amaral. Valaika drove in two runs in the top of the ninth with a single through the right side.
McGough surrendered three runs on four hits and one walk in three innings of relief, while Jeff Gold recorded the final two outs for the Ducks.
Oregon and UCLA will play game two of the series on Saturday with first pitch set for 5 p.m.
Notes: Danny Pulfer has reached safely in 30 consecutive games and has recorded hits in 26 of those contests…The Ducks are now 0-11 when trailing after six innings…Ryon Healy leads the Ducks on a seven-game hitting streak.