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UCLA Baseball Loses Game & Series to Washington State in 7-3 Loss

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The Bruins postseason chances are fading in Pullman, but a win today would put UCLA in a better position going down the stretch.

UCLA Head Coach John Savage
UCLA Head Coach John Savage
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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 13 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.

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 three, please avoid the sweep, open thread.

Go Bruins!