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Cody Regis doubled twice and drove in six runs as 10th-ranked UCLA erased an early two-run deficit by scoring 10 unanswered en route to a 10-2 series-opening victory over visiting Arizona on Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Staked to a 2-0 lead, Arizona starter James Farris breezed through the first four innings by allowing only one hit, but he walked Regis to open a disastrous fifth inning for the Wildcats.
Regis, who went 2-for-3, eventually scored and later cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double to right-center off reliever Tyger Talley to cap what became a seven-run inning for the Bruins.
UCLA (32-14,15-7 Pac-12) sent 11 hitters to the plate in the fifth and collected just three hits, but three walks and a hit batsmen by UA pitchers prolonged a decisive inning. Farris was charged with four of the runs, while reliever Augey Bill allowed two more runs and Talley the final run.
Two innings later, Regis put the game away with his second three-run double of the game when he split the Wildcats' outfield in left-center to put the Bruins ahead, 10-2. The senior second baseman finished with six runs batted in, matching his season tally that he carried into the game.
Farris (L, 4-5) suffered the loss in his first career Friday night start. The junior gave up the four runs on only three hits and one walk, but he also hit a pair of Bruins in his four-plus innings on the mound.
Eight Bruins combined for nine hits in the game, as UCLA out-hit Arizona, 9-7. UCLA also benefitted five walks and three hit batsmen in the game, with four of the free passes scoring.
Cody Moffett quieted the Bruins' bats when he took over for Talley in the seventh. The lefty went on to retire five of the six batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings.
Adam Plutko (W, 7-2) earned the win after tossing 6.2 strong innings for the Bruins. The junior righty surrendered just two runs and scattered seven hits and a walk to go with seven strikeouts.
After giving up single runs in the second and third innings, Plutko then surrendered a leadoff single in the fourth before retiring the next nine batters he faced. That pushed him into the seventh inning when he gave up a pair of hits before turning the game over to reliever James Kaprielian, who struck out Brandon Dixon to strand a pair of Wildcats.
Zach Weiss and Cody Poteet set down Arizona in order in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to prevent any chance of a late rally.
Three-consecutive two-out hits put the Wildcats on top in the second inning. Zach Gibbons doubled and moved to third on Scott Kingery's infield single. Pinch-hitter Jordan Berger, who went 2-for-4, then filled in for place-holder Konner Wade in the batting order and delivered an RBI single to right field to drive in Gibbons with the game's first run.
Arizona (29-18, 10-12 Pac-12) added another two-out RBI in the third. Johnny Field, who was hit by a pitch to open the frame, stole second with two outs. After Riley Moore was walked, Kevin Newman singled through the left side and Field raced in to score, pushed the early lead to 2-0.
The three-game series between the schools continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson, Ariz.
GAME NOTES: Jordan Berger's RBI single in the top of the 2nd inning was his third pinch hit base hit of the year. He is now 3-for-10 in pinch-hitting situations, accounting for all but one of the team's pinch-hit base hits ... Brandon Dixon was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season. He entered the game tied with six players for seventh-most in the Pac-12 ... Riley Moore drew his Pac-12-leading 31st walk of the year and has reached base in 19 straight games played ...Johnny Field's 14th stolen base of the year came in the third inning and marked UA's 90th successful steal attempt this season ... Arizona lost for just the sixth time this season when scoring first (22-6).
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