#11 UCLA 4, Washington 2

#11 UCLA 4, Washington 2

SEATTLE - Closer Scott Griggs got Jayce Ray to ground into a fielder's choice with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning as 11th ranked UCLA held on to beat Washington 4-2 in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Bruins (35-13, 15-9 Pac-12) swept the series against the Huskies (26-21, 11-13).

Griggs took the ball in the bottom of the ninth with the Bruins leading 4-2 and looked like he would get his 13th save easily when he got Trevor Mitsui to ground out to second and pinch hitter Mac Acker to ground out to shortstop for the first two outs of the inning. BK Santy, who had a fine 3 for 4 day at the plate, singled to right center to keep the inning going and Andrew Ely singled to put Huskies at first and second. After taking a called strike, Ray grounded a ball toward center that looked like it might sneak into center but second baseman Kevin Williams fielded the ball and won a footrace against pinch runner Matt Jackson for the game ending force at second base.

Neither starting pitcher factored in the decision. Jeff Brigham took the ball for the Huskies and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings. He also hit two batters while striking out two. Two of the walks and both hit batters came in the first inning, when Brigham had trouble throwing strikes. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead when Beau Amaral scored on a groundout by Jeff Gelalich. The damage could have been a lot worse as the Bruins had the bases loaded with two outs but Brigham struck out Cody Regis swinging to end the inning.

The Bruins made it 2-0 in the top of the third when Gelalich hit a towering fly ball on an 0-1 pitch from Brigham over the wall in right field for his ninth homer of the season.

UCLA starter Zack Weiss meanwhile threw six and two thirds scoreless innings at the Huskies but they finally got to him for two runs in the seventh. Santy lined a single to right and Ely, pinch hitting for Ty Afenir, brought the Husky crowd to life and tied the game at 2 when he hit his first career home run, a fly ball that just cleared the wall over a leaping Gelalich in right field. After that the Bruins went to the bullpen. David Berg (5-2) went one and one thirds innings in relief, allowing only a double to Ray, the first batter he faced. He got the win when his teammates scored two runs against Nick Palewicz (1-2) in the top of the eighth.

With two outs and a runner at first, Kevin Kramer singled and Williams followed with another single to score Pat Valaika and put the Bruins up 3-2. Amaral then lined another single to right to score Kramer with a valuable insurance run and make it 4-2.

The Huskies return to Husky Ballpark when they host Portland in a non-conference game at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Then they travel to Arizona State for their final Pac-12 road series of the season from Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20.

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