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UCLA Strikes Back, Downs ASU 13-2

The Bruins evened the series in the strength of a seven run fist inning and complete game performance from Grant Dyer.

UCLA Bruins celebrate
UCLA Bruins celebrate

After a blow-out 12-4 defeat at the hands of the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday night, the UCLA Bruins baseball team bounced back, dealing Sparky a blow-out of their own, 13-2. The result was never really in doubt as UCLA exploded for seven runs in the first inning, allowing Grant Dyer to throw strikes in a complete game performance.

The first six UCLA runners reached base in the bottom of the1st inning, as the Bruins got huge boosts from a pair of home runs, the first a three run shot by Luke Persico and the second a two run shot by little-used Zander Clarke.

Five batters. Five runs.

UCLA plated two more in the 1st inning. In all, UCLA sent 11 men to the plate and collected 7 hits in the inning, chasing ASU starter Eli Lingos, who did not record an out.

UCLA padded its lead with one run in the 3rd inning, two runs in the 4th inning, and two in the 5th inning, before Grant Dyer surrendered a two run home run to ASU's Ryan Lillard in the 7th inning, cutting UCLA's lead to 12-2. Dyer was otherwise masterful, scattering six hits in a complete game performance. The UCLA starter struck out nine, and raised his record to 4-3 on the season.

Overall it was a fun night as every Bruin either had a hit or scored run. Persico was particularly hot, going 4 for 5 with the home run and two doubles. Luke has taken a nice step forward this season as a hitter.

Today, UCLA closes out its 2016 home schedule. It will the the last game for seniors Eric Filia, Brett Urabe, Christoph Bono and Trent Chatterton at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is a 1 p.m. PT.

Both starting pitchers are TBA.

The game will be televised on the PAC 12 Networks. You can also follow along via live audio stream or live statistics

The is your UCLA v. Arizona State game three open thread.

Go Bruins!