June 22, 2010

OMAHA – Powered by a dominant start from sophomore Garrett Cole, the No. 6 national seed UCLA Bruins (50-14) defeated the TCU Horned Frogs (52-13), 6-3, on Monday, June 21, in the sixth game of the 2010 Men’s College World Series.

    Cole (11-3) recorded 13 strikeouts in eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks to earn the victory.  His 13 K’s were the most in a MCWS game since Cal State Fullerton’s Jason Windsor notched 14 in 2004.  Cole took a one-hitter into the seventh inning and worked through a scoreless eighth, tying his longest outing of 2010.

    The Bruins provided all the run support Cole would need early on, scoring five runs in the first three innings to storm out to a 5-0 lead.  UCLA moved within one win of advancing to the MCWS Championship Finals by scoring in 11 of their first 12 innings of the College World Series.

    UCLA jumped out in front in the bottom of the first by manufacturing a run.  Beau Amaral worked a lead-off walk to get things going and moved to second on a groundout by Niko Gallego.  With Amaral in scoring position, DH Blair Dunlap stroked a single through the right side to make it 1-0.

    Amaral continued to be a thorn in the side of the Horned Frogs in the second, driving home Dean Espy with a two-out single up the middle.  Espy led of the second with a single down the right-field line and moved to second on a one-out single to left off the bat of Chris Giovinazzo.

    UCLA continued its assault in the third as second baseman Cody Regis launched a two-run home run over the left-center wall.  Justin Uribe was along for the ride after reaching first on a four-pitch walk.  With two down in the frame, Jeff Gelalich chased TCU starter Kyle Winkler with a solo blast over the right-field fence to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.  Regis’ shot was his ninth of 2010, while Gelalich’s was his second home run of the season.

    TCU staged a fierce rally in the top of seventh, capped by a three-run triple off the bat of shortstop Taylor Featherston.  With one out, the Horned Frogs got kick started by back-to-back singles from Jason Coats and Matt Curry.  One out later, Jantzen Witte loaded the bases for TCU on a short single to left.  After falling behind in the count 1-2, Featherston worked Cole into a full count before blasting a bases-clearing triple just beyond the reach of a diving attempt from Amaral, bringing the score to 5-3.  Cole, however, escaped the seventh without further damage by striking out Aaron Schultz to end the inning.

    The Bruins answered TCU’s challenge in the bottom of the seventh with an insurance run, keyed once again by Amaral.  This time he smacked a lead-off double into the left-field corner, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly from Gallego.

    Cole gave way to UCLA closer Dan Klein in the ninth, who worked around a one-out single by Joe Weik to record his tenth save of the season.

    Winkler (12-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings.  It was the shortest outing of his season.  

    Following the loss, TCU will face Florida State in an elimination game on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00 p.m. CT.  The Seminoles defeated interstate rival Florida, 8-5, in action earlier on Monday, June 21.  
    UCLA moves on to face the winner of the TCU/Florida State matchup on Friday, June 25, at 3:30 p.m. CT.