#12 UCLA 7, Washington 2

Gerrit Cole allowed three hits in eight plus innings and his teammates supported him with three home runs to give 12th ranked UCLA a 7-2 win over Washington in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Friday night.

With the win the Bruins snapped the Huskies' five game win streak and tied the Huskies in the Pac-10 with an 8-8 record. They improved their overall mark to 32-10 while the Huskies dropped to 25-20.

Cole (7-2) earned the win, allowing two runs, both earned, on the three hits and two walks while striking out nine. He increased his Pac-10 leading total to 104 and became the first Bruin pitcher since Jim Parque (1996-1997) to record 100 strikeouts or more in consecutive seasons. Cole allowed only one baserunner, Andy Smith, on a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and had a no-hitter through five innings.

Troy Scott broke up both the no-hitter and shutout in the bottom of the sixth when he led off with a solo homer, his sixth of the season, off the yellow stripe and over the wall in left center.

Having thrown only 101 pitches through eight innings, and leading 7-1, Cole took the mound in the bottom of the ninth in an attempt to record his first complete game of the season and second of his career. David Bentrott led off with a walk and Smith got hit by a pitch, so Cole's night was done in favor of closer Dan Klein. Klein allowed a single to Cherry to load the bases and a run scoring single to Jacob Lamb, but then got Pierce Rankin to pop out to short, struck out Chase Anselment swinging, and retired pinch hitter Eric Peterson on a ground out to second to end the game.

Then Scott, who went 2 for 3 against Cole with a homer and single, got to the on-deck circle representing the tying run but unfortunately for the Huskies, did not get to the plate one more time.

Geoff Brown (1-4) started on the mound for the Huskies and suffered the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks in seven innings. He struck out two.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead against Brown in the top of the third when Beau Amaral hit a one out solo homer, his third of the season, over the 395 marker in right center field. They made it 3-0 in the top of the fifth on another home run, a two run shot by Blair Dunlap, his fifth, over the right field wall. Then in the sixth, with one out and a runner on, Cody Regis hit his first career homer, a towering fly ball over the right field wall, to make it 5-0. UCLA scored its final two runs in the top of the eighth against reliever Colton Bielaski on a two run single by Chris Giovinazzo.

The teams return to Husky Ballpark for the second game of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies will send ace Andrew Kittredge to the mound against Trevor Bauer.


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