UCLA coughs up late lead, bounces back to beat CSU Fullerton in 10 innings
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Eric Filia broke a 10th-inning tie with an RBI single -- his fourth hit of the game -- and Pat Valaika drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in UCLA's 5-3 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Friday in Game 1 of the best-of-three NCAA super regional series.
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year David Berg (7-0) struck out JD Davis and Michael Lorenzen with two runners on in the bottom of the inning for the Bruins (43-17).
Davis (1-2) took the loss in relief for Fullerton (51-9).
Game 2 is Saturday, with UCLA trying to advance to the College World Series for the fifth time.
Fullerton scored twice in the eighth inning to tie the game at three. After Richy Pedroza and Carlos Lopez walked to start the inning and Matt Chapman moved them up with a sacrifice, Davis had an RBI infield ground out and Lorenzen followed with a run-scoring infield single.
UCLA took advantage of a Fullerton miscue in the third inning to open the scoring. Shane Zeile doubled to lead off, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on first baseman Lopez's fielding error.
Pat Gallagher's RBI single in the fourth made it 2-0. Anthony Hutting cut it to 2-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Brian Carroll scored for UCLA on an infield ground out in the eighth.
Fullerton lost for only the fifth time in 30 home games this season.