Bruins Helpless Against Powerful Sooners In 4-0 Loss

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma's power on the mound and at the plate earned them a big win over UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA's offense was nowhere to be found on Saturday and as a result, their seven-game win streak disappeared with it. Oklahoma went to Jackie Robinson Stadium for the second game of the Dodgertown Classic and overpowered the Bruins on the mound and at the plate to walk away with a deserved 4-0 win that drops UCLA to 10-3 on the season.

Jonathan Gray absolutely dominated the Bruins for seven innings, striking out eight and walking just one. Working with a mid-90's fastball that he can run up into triple digits, Gray had the Bruins overwhelmed from the start. UCLA didn't put a man in scoring position until the fourth and didn't put two men on base in one inning until the sixth.

Nick Vander Tuig did his best to keep the Bruins in the game early on, silencing a good Sooners offense. He allowed a first inning single, but that man was erased trying to steal and he proceded to sit down the next eight in order.

But Oklahoma got to Vander Tuig in the fourth. A one-out walk and catcher's interference put two men on for Matt Oberste, who came through with the biggest hit on the game. He stayed on a 0-1 pitched and hit it the other way, depositing it over the right field fence for a three-run homer. Vander Tuig would bounce back to get the next two batter, but Oberste had done the damage and Oklahoma led 3-0.

Two innings later, Oklahoma added to their lead with a two-out RBI single. Vander Tuig would keep ticking, pitching 6.2 innings and striking out five, but he allowed four runs, three earned on six hits and took the loss because of the one big home run he allowed. Max Schuh faced one better before Cody Poteet struck out three in 1.1 perfect innings and Ryan Deeter threw a scoreless frame, but it didn't matter.

The Bruins' offense never got going. Even when Gray exited they couldn't put anything together. Even when Brian Carroll walked in the ninth and took second on a wild pitch, they left him there to end the game. The power of Gray on the mound and Oberste proved to be too much as the Bruins' seven-game win streak came to an end.

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