Last night's game against Washington was over after the sixth pitch in the bottom of the first when junior shortstop Kevin Kramer homered to right center.
That's because a strong performance by James Kaprielian (4-1) held the Huskies scoreless on five hits over 7+ innings. He also struck out 10. The Huskies got a man on board after Kaprielian hit Washington catcher Joey Morgan with a pitch. Grant Dyer came in to replace Kaprielian after that. Kyle London pinch ran for Morgan and a bunt put London into scoring position. But Dyer shut the door and the Bruins took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Bruins played small ball to take advantage of a walk to Chris Keck to add an insurance run to make it 2-0 Bruins. David Berg came in to pitch the ninth and finished the Huskies off to pick up his third save of the season.
This afternoon will be a duel between senior pitchers as lefty Grant Watson (2-1, 1.44 ERA) goes against Husky senior righthander Tyler Davis (3-1, 2.86 ERA).
Personally, I'd expect another low scoring game from this one, but who knows? The heat today could lead to today's game being a high scoring affair if the two teams can get runners on base and play some long ball.
It should be a beautiful day for baseball out at Jackie Robinson Stadium this afternoon. Today's game won't be televised, so if you close enough, go on out and support the Bruins on the quest for a Pac-12 championship.
First pitch tonight is at 2pm. If you can't get to the game, you can listen live for free on UCLABruins.com where John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call. Sunday's game starts at 1pm. Tomorrow, look for our recap of tonight's game and our preview of game 3.
This is your Washington-UCLA open thread.