No. 12 UCLA has been getting by on the strength of its pitching and have gotten just enough offense to get by. It's been a winning formula so far -- the Bruins are 10-2 -- but they may struggle to get just enough offense today against No. 17 Oklahoma's hard-throwing right-hander Jonathan Gray. That means the offense is going to have to take advantage of the opportunities they do get and play flawless defense behind Nick Vander Tuig.
Vander Tuig will get the nod for the Bruins, who will need the junior to be on his game today. He has been excellent early on this season, compiling a 2-1 record and 1.86 ERA, impressive numbers considering he's striking out just three per nine innings. He's been efficient and very mature in his approach, pitching to contact with greta results.
Gray is the opposite, relying on some impressive power. He'll pitch in the mid to upper 90s all game and can hit 100 mph, so it is no surprise that he's striking out nine batters per nine innings. The right-hander enters today 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA so the Bruins will have their work cut out for them.
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