June 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyle Zimmer struck out 11 in a four-hitter and Nik Balog had four hits and two RBIs in San Francisco's 3-0 victory over UCLA on Friday night in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.Zimmer (6-4) survived a shaky ninth inning, striking out Cody Regis with the bases loaded to end the game. The sophomore right-hander didn't walk a batter in his first career complete game."I tried to keep it simple," Zimmer said. "I went after them with fastballs, curveballs and changeups. I wanted to attack them, so I could give our team a chance to win. They have great hitters in their lineup. I focused on closing every inning."Balog had an RBI single for San Francisco (32-23) in the third inning, and made it 2-0 in the fifth with an infield RBI hit. San Francisco added a run in the eighth."It's a good win for our kids and our program," Dons coach Nino Giarratano said. "Kyle was sharp from the beginning and he hung in there. It was a remarkable outing for him and what a time to have an outing like that."Gerrit Cole (6-8) pitched 7.1 for UCLA (33-23), giving up 11 hits and striking out 10. It was the fifth time this season Cole has fanned 10 batters in a game."Give USF credit. They came out aggressive tonight," UCLA coach John Savage said. "Zimmer was as good as we have seen all year. He was outstanding and looked fantastic. We did not have a lot of quality at bats."The Dons will play UC Irvine on Saturday, and UCLA will face Fresno State in an elimination game.