LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (from WSU Athletics) Four UCLA pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters and the No. 7 Bruins defeated No. 20 Washington State 6-1 in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference series at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Friday.
With the victory, UCLA (42-12, 17-8 Pac-10) can finish no worse than second place in the conference. The Bruins trail Arizona State, which lost to Stanford, Friday, by a game and a half. The Cougars (33-18, 14-11 Pac-10) are in the third place, a half game ahead of the Cardinal.
"Gerrit Cole is one of the special pitchers in the conference and in the country," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "He showed why he was a first round pick a couple of years ago."
Cole (9-2) fanned 11 in six and two-thirds innings and limited the Cougars to one run on four hits while walking three. Chad Arnold (5-3) took the loss for Washington State after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings.
UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run home run by Tyler Rahmatulla. The Bruins added a run in the fourth for a 3-0 advantage. The Cougars picked up a run in the fifth on a walk to Jay Ponciano, a wild pitch, and a RBI-single by Garry Kuykendall.
The Bruins added a run in the fifth off Arnold and two in the eighth against Cougar reliever Richie Ochoa to close out the scoring. The series continues, Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Cougars had a seven-game winning streak overall and a five-game conference winning streak snapped…Chad Arnold moved into seventh place on the WSU career games started list with 43 and eighth place on the Cougar career strikeout list with 181…Arnold's 15th start of the season ties him for 10th on the WSU single-season list.