No. 7 Bruins Lose To No. 8 Titans 2-5

From the official site:

The No. 7 UCLA baseball team dropped a 5-2 decision at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton before 2,376 at Goodwin Field on Tuesday night. Third baseman Cody Regis led the visiting Bruins (41-12), going 2-for-3 with one solo home run as UCLA's seven-game win streak came to an end.

Cal State Fullerton (38-15) used two home runs to score five runs in the ballgame, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run blast from designated hitter Tyler Pill. The Titans extended their margin to 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning with a three-run homer from first baseman Nick Ramirez.

Regis answered for UCLA in the top of the second with a solo shot to right field, his third home run of the spring.

Bruin right-hander Garett Claypool (8-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings. Claypool struck out two batters and issued three walks.

Cal State Fullerton right-hander Noe Ramirez (9-1) earned the victory in relief of right-hander Colin O'Connell, who exited the game after getting drilled on his right hand by a line drive comebacker off the bat of Regis with one out in the top of the fourth inning. Ramirez recorded four strikeouts and no walks in 2.2 hitless innings.

Now the series against Washington State became even more important for the purposes of positioning the team for a super regional (if we are fortunate enough to get to that stage).

I am sure a loss against Fullerton will bring out some old doubts but I don't see any need for the Bruins to dwell on it.Thankfully Savage is not worked up over it:

Head coach John Savage, at least through the phone, did not seem too concerned.

"That does happen," he said.

It can't hurt that the loss came at the hands of the nation's No. 8-ranked team. And it also can't hurt that it was only UCLA's fourth loss away from Jackie Robinson Stadium all season. And it can't hurt that No. 7 UCLA (41-12) had won seven straight and 11 of 12 heading into Tuesday.

“Our guys were rushing into their at-bats," Savage added. "We didn’t make the game bigger than any other game. We just didn’t string at-bats together.”

No matter what they have had a fantastic regular season and they just need to focus on finishing strong against a very good Cougars team in their last home stand at JRS.


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