The UCLA Bruin Baseball team (24-23, 13-10 PAC 12) fell yesterday afternoon to the Washington State Cougars (24-22, 10-13 PAC 12) in Pullman, by the score of 7-3. WSU takes the series and the Bruins will try to avoid the sweep today at 12 p.m. PT.
The Cougs broke open what was a close game with two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth, to take a 6-2 lead. Each team would score another run, resulting in the 7-3 final.
As was the case on Friday night, Wazzou outhit the Bruins, this time twelve to six. Washington State outslugged the Bruins, with three RBI doubles and a solo home run. The Bruins have had issues hitting WSU’s left handed starters, which is a problem since they will be facing another lefty today.
Jake Bird took the loss, giving up three runs in five and 1⁄3 innings. His relief, Nick Scheidler, poured fuel on the fire, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning of work.
These consecutive losses to WSU have put a huge dent in UCLA’s postseason hopes. The Bruins have now lost three straight, with only eight games left in the regular season.
With a win today going into a home series next weekend against Utah (there is no midweek game this week), the Bruins could boost their chances to make the field of 64. A loss today resulting in a sweep at the hands of the Cougars would mean that the Bruins would need win out or go 6-1 in their last seven games to have shot to make postseason.
Jon Olsen (4-1, 3.34 ERA) takes the hill for UCLA in this critical game. Washington State will counter with yet another lefty, this time Isaac Mullins (2-2, 5.70 ERA). First pitch is at noon, PT.
This is your UCLA Bruin Baseball versus Washington State Cougars game three, please avoid the sweep, open thread.