Ducks fall to Bruins best

Facing arguably the most coveted college baseball prospect in the nation, the Oregon Ducks (23-21, 5-11) couldn't live up to the challenge against the UCLA Bruins (25-16, 12-8), falling 5-1 Friday night at PK Park.

Gerrit Cole, the UCLA right-hander whose mere presence brought dozens of professional baseball scouts and their radar guns to the ballpark, had little problem dealing with the Ducks offense, getting stronger as the game wore on.

The junior is expected by some to be the first pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in June. Using a 97 mile-per-hour fastball as his intimidation pitch, Cole only allowed one run and five hits in his 7-1/3 innings of work.

The Ducks attempted to counter with their own ace, junior left-hander Tyler Anderson. However the usually steady Anderson struggled with his control all night and the patient Bruins batters took advantage.

Third baseman Cody Regis had three RBI's on the night with two coming on sacrifice flies and the other on an RBI single in the third to score the Bruins first run.

In the sixth, Anderson committed a throwing error to first on a pickoff attempt allowing Bruins left fielder Cody Keefer to advance from first to third base. Keefer scored on a subsequent passed ball making it 3-0 Bruins.

After throwing a couple wild balls Anderson was relieved by Scott McGough with one out, giving up four runs (three earned) six hits, four walks, and striking out four in his 5-1/3 innings pitched.

The Bruins tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth inning after shortstop Pat Valaika hit a two-run single to right field off of reliever Jeff Gold to give UCLA a six run cushion.

Freshman right fielder Aaron Jones knocked in Ryon Healy in the seventh inning on a grounder for the Ducks only run.

Oregon loaded the bases and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth with one out after Cole exited, but junior shortstop KC Serna struck out looking and junior catcher Paul Eshleman grounded into a fielder's choice at second base to end the threat.

The two teams square off again tomorrow evening at 5 pm.

GAME NOTES - Attendance was at PK Park tonight.

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