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Beat Southern Cal: UCLA Looks to Take Care of the Trojans in South Central LA

UCLA looks to put together a strong finish in the Pac-12 by taking care of business against Southern Cal.

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With all the issue with our platform it's been a wacky week here on BN and all around SBN. So thanks again for your patience last few days. Due to the technical issues we didn't get to post the baseball results/thread from Tuesday night as the no. 8 ranked Bruins lost to a very good Fullerton (ranked no. 4) by a score of 2-5 (official recap).

So the Bruins will look to bounce back starting tonight with their last regular season series in Los Angeles to take on Southern Cal (19-30, 10-14). With just two series left in this conference season (Southern Cal and Stanford), it will take an absolute miracle for the Bruins (34-15, 17-7) to hold on our back to back conference title. With just two conference series left on the schedule, the Bruins find themselves in third place in the standings, just three games behind Pac-12 leaders Oregon State. The Bruins are two games behind Oregon for second place in the conference and are currently three games ahead of Arizona State for third. But hopefully the Bruins can finish these last 6 conference games strong and head into the tournament with a lot of momentum.

Bruins have been dominating the Trojans recently. Since John Savage became head coach of the Bruins in the summer of 2004, the Bruins have gone 20-9 against USC and have not lost a season series to the Trojans since 2005. UCLA has also won 20 of its last 25 games against the Trojans, including the last five meetings. The two sides met earlier this season at Jackie Robinson Stadium, with the Bruins claiming a 6-1 victory over the Trojans.

Adam Plutko will get the nod for UCLA. He is now 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA on the year and will be going up against some Trogan named Bob Wheatley, who is a lefty and has pretty good record at least on paper (3-4 with a 2.78 ERA this season).

If you're not out at the ballpark in South Central tonight, listen in to John Ramey and Tim Welhelm or follow along with GameTracker.This is your open thread so chime in with updates and observations as the Bruins look to win their fifth straight game.