UCLA Baseball: Stanford Series Up for Grabs, Sunday Game Thread

Still looking for answers in May - USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Baseball once again lost on Saturday after winning on Friday, which leaves it up to Cody Poteet if the Bruins are to win the home series today against Stanford.

UCLA Baseball went quietly in the night yesterday, losing 5-0 to Stanford. Here is the official recap.

This is the 12th weekend of baseball for the Bruins this season. And in half of those weekends, the Bruins have won the opener behind James Kaprielian and lost the next game. Here is the really troubling trend. In the last five Sunday games, with the series on the line after a Game One win and a Game Two loss, UCLA is 1-4. That is the difference between basically a .500 team and a team looking to see where they will be heading for the regionals.

Cody Poteet (3-2, 3.83) gets his usual Sunday start for the Bruins. He has been solid his last two starts, going at least six innings. And he clearly should have been the winning pitcher last Sunday as he shut out the Trogans, only to see the Berg-less bullpen implode in the top of the 9th.

Stanford has not named a starting pitcher. Based on previous series, the logical candidate would be Brett Hanewich (1-4, 3.88) or Chris Viall (2-3, 4.25). Regardless of who pitches for Stanford, the Bruins need another solid outing from Poteet and a return to Friday night's offense.

After last night's defeat, the Bruins are 23-20-1, and are 10-10 in conference play, tied for 6th with Washington State (ouch). Stanford is now 20-20, 8-12 in conference play. Stanford is 8th in the conference. To lose a home series against the 8th team in the conference would probably end postseason hopes, barring major miracles in Corvallis and Seattle.

Game time is 1pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. You can follow the live audio feed here. And Morgan Center will once again try to run a live stats feed for an entire game. You can follow their success with this link.

This is your Sunday game thread. Fire away with your comments, updates, and general thoughts on the 2014 UCLA baseball season.

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