After a dismal start to the season, it looked to be more of the same for the UCLA Baseball team at Jackie Robinson Stadium yesterday afternoon. The Bruins trailed 3-0 early, Griffin Canning had a rough outing, and the Bruins were striking out a lot. But, somehow, they managed to scratch out 6 runs on 4 hits, and scored the game winner on a two out "rally" in walk off fashion.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Luke Persico walked and then took second on a wild pitch. Eric Filia, back from a two year absence, singled up the middle, Persico scored from second, and the Bruins walked off 6-5 winners. UCLA small ball resulted in a euphoric celebration from the Bruins as Persico crossed the plate.
The teams square off again today in less than an hour at 1 p.m. PT. True freshman, Kyle Molnar gets the ball for UCLA, in his first collegiate start. The Heels will start Jason Morgan, who started one game and pitched a total of 23 innings last season. Obviously, both pitchers lack experience. It will be interesting to see how each fares against the other team's lineup. Hopefully, the Bruins can get their bats going.
Today's game will be for the series win.
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