UCLA’s James Kaprielian, David Berg combine for no-hitter against Arizona
James Kaprielian continues to roll toward draft day.
The UCLA pitcher made a showcase start Friday, combining with reliever David Berg to no-hit Arizona in a 1-0, 10-inning victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Kevin Kramer’s sacrifice fly scored Christoph Bono with one out in the 10th inning to give the second-ranked Bruins a stranglehold on first place in the Pac-12. UCLA (38-12, 19-6) has a 3 1/2-game lead with five conference games remaining.
The evening belonged to Kaprielian. He struck out 11 and walked four. He retired 14 consecutive batters from the third through seventh innings, six on strikeouts.
Kaprielian, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the major league draft in June, has thrown 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over three starts. He lowered his earned-run average to 1.94. He leads the conference with 105 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings this season.
Arizona (28-21, 12-16) was the Pac-12’s top hitting team entering the game, with a .304 batting average. The Wildcats’ Scott Kingery leads the conference with a .418 average and teammate Kevin Newman is third with a .367 average.
It was the first time the Wildcats have been held without a hit since April 16, 1970.
Berg worked a perfect 10th inning to improve his record to 6-1. It is believed the be the first no-hitter in UCLA history, according to records that date back to 1946.
It was the second no-hitter in the Pac-12 this season. Oregon State’s Drew Rasmussen threw a perfect game against Washington State on March 21.
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