After a rough start to the season, the UCLA Bruin Baseball team finally had a contest in which it excelled in all facets of the game in yesterday night's 19-0 destruction of Cal Poly. In all fairness to the Mustangs, they had already played and beaten Michigan, 5-1, earlier in the day, and the UCLA game was the second half of their doubleheader, so there might have been some fatigue.
UCLA got a masterful performance from sophomore starting pitcher, Griffin Canning, who scattered four hits in seven innings. Canning got into trouble in the first, allowing two singles and a wild pitch, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, but he got out of the jam by striking out Cal Poly's next two batters to end the inning. Cal Poly did not threaten for the remainder of the game and Canning cruised through the seventh inning. Canning would finish with 9 strikeouts to just one walk. Moises Ceja pitched the last two innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out three.
UCLA did not commit an error for the second straight game. After starting the season with 9 errors in 4 games, the UCLA defense appears to have settled down, which is great news.
But the real star of the game was UCLA's hitting. The Bruins had 18 hits. Every starter had at least one hit. The Bruins had two doubles and three triples. Redshirt freshman, Scott Jarvis, went 5 for 5 in his first start, scoring four runs and driving in three. Eric Filia and Brett Urabe, who moved into the lead-off spot, both had excellent games. Filia went 3 for 6, with two RBI and four runs scored. Urabe also went 3 for 6, with four RBI and a run scored.
UCLA raised its record to 3-3. Cal Poly is 5-2. UCLA will look for the series sweep today at 1 p.m. PT.
The Bruins will start freshman, Kyle Molnar (0-0, 9.00 ERA), who will be seeking his first victory in a UCLA uniform. The Mustangs will counter with sophomore Erich Uelman (1-0, 1.50 ERA).
Although the game will not be televised, there are several ways to follow along: (1) John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call via online streaming audio; (2) Cal Poly has an online video stream; and (3) Cal Poly has live statistics.
This is your UCLA v. Cal Poly Game Three open thread.
Will be Bruins break out the brooms and get their record back over .500? Let's hope so! Chime in with your thoughts and comments in the game thread.