Our Bruins are on the road this weekend to wrap up their season against the #8-ranked Washington Huskies. With our Bruins coming off a pair of back-to-back weekend sweeps, first to Oregon State in Corvallis, followed by a sweep by the Oregon Ducks at Jackie Robinson Stadium, the final weekend series for UCLA will be the Bruins' last chance to pick up their first victory since beating Stanford on May 2.
But with the Huskies (38-13-1 overall, 20-7 in Pac-12 play) heavily favored to sweep UCLA (23-29-1 overall, 10-17 in Pac-12 play), especially since the Huskies are in second place in the conference and still have everything to play for, the Bruins are facing the stark possibility of ending the 2014 season on a 13-game losing streak.
It's Friday night, which means Coach Savage will send out our usual starter, the right-handed ace of the staff, James Kaprielian (6-6, 2.48 ERA), who has put together a solid season, despite a major lack of offensive support from his team. Squaring off against Kaprielian will be the Huskies' right-handed junior Jared Fisher (6-3, 4.23 ERA), who has struggled with consistency at times, but has been effective for the most part for Washington. With the Bruins set to face Washington's dominating right-handed junior Tyler Davis (10-2, 1.71 ERA) on Saturday, followed by trying to score enough to off-set the inconsistent Cody Poteet (3-4, 4.00 ERA) on Sunday, this might be UCLA's best chance to pick up one last win in this woeful season.
In case you missed it, islandbruin2 once again put together a series preview, which you can check out for more information on the series against the Huskies, which is next-to-impossible for this markedly mediocre squad. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. PST in Seattle and if you're not in the Seattle area, you can listen in live to the audio broadcast, being called by John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm. Or if the audio feed isn't your thing, you can track the game live on the official website's Gametracker.
This is your series opener Friday night baseball game thread, so fire away in the comment thread with your comments, takes, or what you're hearing/tracking/watching live from Seattle as we track this Pac-12 conference weekend series opener.