And just like that, UCLA has ended their up-and-down three-game on-and-off ways. The Bruins locked up a series win over Berkeley last night, dropping the Bears, 3-1. Grant Watson (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 BB) threw a gem to earn his third win of the year, giving up just two hits and one walk on the night, before turning the ball over to David Berg (1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB), who notched his fifth save on the season in a one-two-three bottom of the ninth. The Bruins fell behind early, with the Bears getting their only run in the bottom of the second, but Christoph Bono (1-4, 1 RBI), was timely once again, bringing in the tying run with a single in the top of the third, all before Kevin Williams (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR) launched his first homer of the year in the top of the seventh to give UCLA the lead for good.
This afternoon, the Bruins will sophomore right-hander Cody Poteet (1-1, 2.42 ERA, 22.1 IP, 19 K) to the hill against Berkeley this afternoon, while the Bears have yet to announce today's starter, with islandbruin2 predicting it will be either Michael Theofanopoulos, Alex Schick, or Alex Martinez. If you missed his excellent series preview, you can catch it here. Poteet will have to do some work to pick up his second win of the year, as UCLA looks to open Pac-12 play with a road series sweep against the Bears.
If you're unable to make it to Berkeley to catch the Bruins live on this beautiful California spring day (hey East Coast folks - hahahahahaha!), you can catch the game on the Pac-12 Network (with J.B. Long and J.T. Snow on the call), or listen in live on the digital radio with Tim Wilhelm calling the game. Finally, you can always track it live on the UCLA Athletics' official website's Gametracker. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. PST in Berkeley.
This is your sunny Sunday afternoon baseball game thread, so fire away with your comments, observations, and notes as our Bruins look to pick up a Pac-12 series sweep to open the conference slate.