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UCLA Bruins Look To Keep Postseason Hopes Alive Versus UC Irvine

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The Bruins can’t afford a loss in their final midweek game of the season.

Senior Moises Ceja gets one more start for the Bruins.
Joe Piechowski

For UCLA’s final midweek game of the season, John Savage turns to Moises Ceja (2-4, 3.45 ERA) rather than usual midweek starter Justin Hooper.

As a senior, Ceja has earned a final start after filling in as the Saturday starter most of the season after Jake Bird got hurt.

Ceja will face Calvin Faucher (1-5, 4.01 ERA) who will get the start for the Anteaters.

D1Baseball.com ranks UCLA at 51st in RPI. With 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament, they very well could be on the bubble. So, if the Bruins are to have any hope of making it to the postseason, they need to win tonight and they could really use a sweep at Oregon this weekend. Simply put, any loss between now and the weekend could jeopardize the team’s chances of making the tournament and they just can’t afford that.

The sweep of Utah this past weekend certainly helped the team’s chances even if the Utes are only ranked 71st in RPI.

On Sunday, they used a five-run fifth inning that included back-to-back homers from Michael Toglia and Chase Strumpf to complete the sweep of the Utes.

Now, they just need to win as many games as possible heading in to Selection Sunday.

There’s no TV for tonight’s game, but John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call on the official website, like always.


Go Bruins!