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Washington State Baseball Pounds the UCLA Bruins, 7-1, in Game 1

UCLA needs a win today in order to even the series and avoid a late season series loss.

Jake Bird
Jake Bird

The young UCLA Baseball team (24-22, 13-9 PAC 12) got a taste of mid-Spring in the Palouse last night, and could not fight hot Cougar bats, the cold, and the travel woes, as the Bruins fell, 7-1. Washington State scored four of its seven runs on a pair of two run home runs, one in the 3rd to pad a 2-0 lead and one in the 8th, to put the game out of reach.

UCLA did not put up much of a fight in the 40 plus degree weather after a long day of travel, mustering only six hits on the night. Wazzou, on the other hand, tagged UCLA ace Griffin Canning for four runs in the first three innings, scoring a pair in the second and another pair in the 3rd. Although Canning settled down and did not allow a run in his next four innings, UCLA could not get their bats going, with UCLA’s one run coming on a Zander Clarke solo home run. Canning took the loss, his third of the season.

The Bruins wasted chances in the 5th, stranding the bases loaded with two outs, and failed to score a runner on third with one out in the 7th. The Cougars put the game out of reach scoring three additional insurance runs against the UCLA bullpen in the bottom of the 8th, stretching WSU’s 4-1 lead to 7-1, and effectively ending the Bruins’ chances.

UCLA needs to bounce back in the biggest way today against the Cougars’ best pitcher, left hander, Cody Anderson (4-2, 2.64). UCLA counters with Jake Bird (4-2, 2.80 ERA), in his first start since February 25th. First pitch in Pullman is at 4 p.m. PT.

The game is televised on PAC 12 North, you can live stream audio with UCLA’s John Ramey and Tim Wilhlem, or follow with live stats.

This is your UCLA Bruin Baseball versus Washington State Cougars game two open thread.

Go Bruins!