UCLA at Oregon State Sunday Baseball Thread: Bruins Trying to Slow Down the Oregon State Omaha Express

Bruins need to play small ball to perfection today - USA TODAY Sports

The first two games in the UCLA Baseball series at Oregon State have gone to the Beavers. The Bruins will need to play at their best to avoid the sweep.

UCLA scored few runs, not surprisingly, against Oregon State's Friday ace, Ben Wetzler. The Bruins scored more runs, again not surprisingly, against Oregon State's Saturday starter, Andrew Moore. But in both cases, the Oregon State offense scored more than enough to win both games (4-2 on Friday, 9-3 yesterday).  And today is the toughest matchup on paper for the Bruins in the three game series.

UCLA starter Cody Poteet (3-3, 3.90) will have to be at his best today, as he faces off against Oregon State's Sunday ace Jace Fry (9-1, 1.59). The Bruins have only won once in their last six Sunday contests. These have typically been high scoring affairs, with the losses coming by scores like 7-4, 6-5, 8-5, and 6-5. But high scoring by the opposition has not been the pattern with Fry on the mound. In six conference series so far, the Beavers have given up more than one run only one time. So 6-5 seems very unlikely.

The Bruins are now 23-24-1, and 10-13 in conference play. Oregon State meanwhile is 36-11-1, and 19-4 in conference play, up by 1/2 game over Washington. If the Bruins are to avoid a losing season, they need to click on all cylinders. Today would be a great time to start.

Game time is 3 p.m. PST. The game will be telecast on Pac-12 network. You can also follow the game with the UCLA audio feed here. And, since this is an away game, following the game via live stats here, is another viable option. Oregon State is much more likely to provide stats for nine innings than Morgan Center does at home games.

This is your Sunday baseball thread. Fire away with your updates, observations on the game and season, and any other UCLA baseball related thoughts.

Go Bruins !!

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