The UCLA Bruin baseball team received a much needed boost from Grant Dyer last night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Dyer, who missed a few starts earlier in the season and has struggled with the transition from set up reliever to starter this season, has his best outing of the campaign, allowing only two hits and no runs in seven innings of work. Dyer evened his record to 2-2 and lowered his ERA by more than a run, from 6.50 to 5.44
UCLA scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th innings.
Freshman catcher, Daniel Rosica, has had a breakout week for UCLA so far, both at the plate and defensively. Rosica is 3-8 in his last three games, with four runs scored and 3 RBI in the last three games. He has also thrown out three Ducks attempting to steal in this series. It is nice to see the Bruins finally get some production from he catcher position.
The timing could not have been better for UCLA (18-18, 8-9 PAC 12), who desperately needed a series win against the Oregon Ducks (17-15, 7-7 PAC 12) after dropping the last four PAC 12 series. The Bruins will look for the cherry on top--a series sweep--today at 1 p.m. PT. A win would put the Bruins right back in the thick of the PAC 12 race. The co-leaders of the conference, Utah and Washington both have 9-6 records, so UCLA is only three game out in the loss column.
Kyle Molnar (2-4, 4.09 ERA) will start for the Bruins. After getting a couple of excellent efforts from Griffin Canning and Dyer, it will interesting to see if the freshman rises to the task against the Ducks. The Ducks will counter with another lefty, this time sophomore David Peterson (3-2, 1.59 ERA).
This is your UCLA v. Oregon baseball Game 3 open thread.
Break out the brooms and Go Bruins!!!