UCLA Baseball Drops Another 1 Run Game, This Time to Arizona

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Bumped. Let's use this as this as our open game thread for this afternoon's rubber match. Cody Poteet [RHP, So. (2-2, 4.31)] will be on the mound for the Bruins taking on Arizona's Tyger Talley [RHP, So. (1-0, 3.99). The game will be broadcast nationally on Pac-12 TV networks. GO BRUINS.

The Bruins lost 3-2 on Saturday night to Arizona. This brings UCLA's record to 19-14, 7-4 in conference play. This also brings UCLA's record in 1 run games to 7-6, 2-2 in conference play. Last year, the Bruins were 17-2, 9-2 in conference play in 1 run games. So we have already lost 4 more 1 run games than we did last year, and we are only in mid-April.

Last night, the Bruins scored 1st in the top of the 2nd, as Chris Keck drove in Kevin Williams with an RBI single. But, repeating the pattern of his previous 2 starts, Grant Watson allowed the opposition to score early. In the bottom of the 2nd, Arizona scored 3 runs on a double and a single with 2 outs.

The Bruins scored an unearned run in the top of the 7th to narrow the margin to the all too familiar 1 run down, at 3-2. But that was all she wrote.

After opening the gates in the 2nd, Watson pitched scoreless ball for the next 5 innings. Nick Kern pitched a scoreless 8th inning, to preserve the score, but the Bruins could not come up with the elusive tying run.

Washington smoked Stanford for the 2nd day in a row, this time by the score of 7-2. Washington is 12-2 now in conference play, and have a 2 game margin over Oregon State at 10-4. Oregon State beat Washington State 12-5 to even their series at a game apiece. Arizona State is in 3rd place, 3 games back at 9-5. Arizona State has won the 1st 2 games of their series against Cal. UCLA and Washington State are tied for 4th at 7-4, 3.5 games back.

The Bruins need to start winning the close games, and avoid losing sight of the teams at the top of the conference standings. Today would be a great time to start a new winning streak.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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