WESTWOOD, CA - James Kaprielian and David Berg combined to throw the first no-hitter in school history, and Kevin Kramer's sacrifice fly drove in the game's only run as fourth-ranked UCLA blanked visiting Arizona, 1-0, Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Though he did not factor into the decision, Kaprielian dominated on a chilly evening, striking out 11 while scattering four walks throughout the contest.
He needed to wiggle out of trouble only twice, leaving a runner at third in the third and stranding two in scoring position in the eighth inning.
Berg (W, 6-1), the Bruins record-setting closer, did his part in the top of the 10th when he retired the Wildcats in order to set up the walk-off win in the home half of the final frame.
Tyger Talley (L, 5-1), Arizona's closer who helped starter Cody Hamlin skirt trouble in the bottom of the ninth, walked Christoph Bono to begin the bottom of the 10th. One out later, Brett Stephens singled up the middle, sending Bono to third. Kramer followed with a line drive to straight-away center that sent home the winning run without a throw.
The Bruins' pitching performance overshadowed a sensational outing for Hamlin, who went 8.1 shutout innings of his own. The righty scattered eight hits and a walk, struck out two and coaxed a pair of beneficial double play balls.
Arizona (28-21, 12-16) was unable to muster a hit for what is believed to be the first time in school history.
The club, which entered the game leading the conference with a .305 batting average, had collected at least four hits in every game this season.
The Wildcats biggest threat came in the eighth when Kaprielian momentarily lost the strike zone. The righty walked Tyler Tyler Krause, who was bunted to second base. Then Zach Gibbons also drew a walk in front of Justin Behnke, who dropped a bunt down the first base line that advanced the runners to second and third.
Scott Kingery, the conference's leading hitter, stepped into the box against Kaprielian with two in scoring position, but the hurler won the battle. Kingery went down on strikes and the Wildcats stranded what became their final two base runners.
In the third inning, Behnke drew a one-out walk and scooted around to third when Kaprielian's pickoff throw rolled errantly into foul territory. But the veteran settled in, induced a harmless pop out from Kingery and then Kevin Newman flied out to left field.
UCLA (38-12, 19-6 Pac-12) escaped with an extra-inning victory for the second time this week and the third time in the last four games.
The two teams will continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon.
A live television broadcast on the Pac-12 Network is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PDT).
GAME NOTES: UCLA recorded what it believes to be the first no-hitter in school history. Likewise, Arizona is believed to have been no-hit for the first time in program history … The last known Arizona contest involving a no-hitter was in 1984 when Joe Magrane no-hit Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 10, 1984 … Tyger Talley suffered his first loss of the season and gave up a run on the road for the first time in 19.1 innings … James Kaprielian extended his string of scoreless innings to 23.2. He has not allowed a run since April 24 at Stanford … Arizona hitters struck out 12 times, a season high … Without a base hit, the Wildcats failed to collect an extra base hit for only the second time this season, which snapped a streak of 37-straight games with at least one … Arizona fell to 1-2 in extra-inning games … For the second time in the last five contests, an Arizona game went into extra innings 0-0 (2-0 win at Washington State on May 3). Previously, the last UA game to enter extra innings with a 0-0 score was on May 20, 2011 (1-0 loss at Stanford).