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UCLA at Berkeley Friday Night Baseball Thread: Pac-12 Conference Opener

The #25-ranked Bruins head up to the Bay Area to take on the Berkeley Bears to open up Pac-12 conference play, looking to get their season going after an up-and-down, inconsistent run through the non-conference schedule.


If UCLA's pattern of winning and losing in three-game streaks holds up, then tonight's game should be a solid win for our Bruins, having won the prior two against Southern Cal on Sunday and UC Irvine on Tuesday. Of course, that'd also mean we'd lose the next three, giving Berkeley two games in the process, so let's see if UCLA can finally find the consistency they've been looking for.

The Bruins enter tonight's contest at 9-7 while the Bears come in at 8-4, with our Bruins needing a solid weekend to keep their tenuous hold on the top-25. The Bruins will send sophomore ace James Kaprielian (2-2, 3.20 ERA) to the hill to try to stymie the Bears' bats, while Berkeley will send out freshman righty Daulton Jefferies (2-1, 3.80 ERA) to try to give Berkeley the advantage.

In case you missed it, islandbruin2 has an excellent series preview, filling in for Ryan, who is on the road this week. If you're not in the Bay Area and unable to make it to the game, you can catch it on the Pac-12 Network, with J.B. Long and J.T. Snow calling the game for the network. If you'd prefer to just listen in, Tim Wilhelm will have the call live through the UCLA Athletics website. Or, you could track it through the official website's Gametracker.

This is your Pac-12 opener game thread, so fire away with your comments, observations, and notes as our Bruins look to open conference play with a big road win over the Berkeley Bears.