#11 UCLA 11, UW 3

SEATTLE - Jeff Gelalich homered to spark a four run fourth inning as 11th ranked UCLA came from behind and beat Washington 11-3 in the middle game of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins improved to 34-13 and 14-9 Pac-12 while the Huskies dropped to 26-20, 11-12.

686 fans turned out to see some baseball on a glorious 75 degree afternoon and saw fortunes smile on the Huskies early in the game as they led 3-1 after three innings. They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with an unearned run courtesy of a throwing error by Bruin third baseman Trevor Brown. With Chase Anselment on at first with a leadoff single, Branden Berry hit an apparent double play grounder to Brown, but in attempting to get the force at second, he threw the ball into right field, allowing Anselment to take third and Berry to reach first safely. The next batter, Trevor Mitsui, grounded into a double play but Anselment was able to score and give the Huskies the lead.

After a perfect two out bunt base hit by Tyler Heineman scored Cody Regis to tie the game at 1 in the top of the third, the Huskies regained the lead at 3-1 in the bottom of the inning. Jayce Ray led off with a sharp single to center, took second on a sacrifice, and scored when Jacob Lamb lined a 2-2 pitch from Bruin starter Nick Vander Tuig over the wall in right field for a two run homer, his third of the season.

All the offense in the game then belonged to the Bruins. They scored ten unanswered runs. They would really only need the four they got in the fourth, but added three each in the fifth and sixth, respectively.

Gelalich entered the game leading the Pac-12 with a .391 batting average and raised it to .397 with a 3 for 5 day. He led off the fourth with a solo homer, his eighth, over the 365 marker in right center, to cut the Husky lead to 3-2. Eight more batters came to the plate and three of them scored to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead. Brown raced home from second on an infield single by Brenton Allen to tie the game. Then Kevin Williams drove in Regis with a single to center and Beau Amaral blooped a single to left to score Allen.

Vander Tuig (7-3) benefited from all the run support to get the win on the mound. He allowed three runs, two earned, on 10 hits in six and one thirds innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

For the Huskies, Tyler Davis (2-3) started and got the loss. He yielded four runs, all earned, on five hits in three and a third innings. He walked none and struck out two.

On a day when Husky pitchers gave up 15 hits, Adam Cimber provided the lone bright spot on the mound, going three scoreless innings in relief. He allowed only one hit while striking out two.

Lamb led the Huskies offensively, going 3 for 4 with a home run, run scored and two RBI.

The Huskies look to avoid the sweep in the finale on Sunday when they face the Bruins at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup will feature Jeff Brigham for the Huskies and Zack Weiss for the Bruins.

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