Where has this team been? UCLA Baseball opened the conference season with a road sweep at Cal in March. The Bruins have a chance to finish the conference season with another road sweep, this time against the much tougher Washington Huskies.
UCLA has won the first two games in the series by the scores of 3-0 and 6-3. Last night was particularly dramatic, as the Bruins batted around in the 9th to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 victory. Jake Ehret got his first win of the season, and David Berg picked up his 11th save.
The Bruins turn to Cody Poteet (3-4, 4.00) for his normal Sunday start, which will wrap up the 2014 season. The Huskies counter with junior Jeff Brigham (6-3, 3.20). UCLA has only won back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday once this conference season before last night, so this is a very limited sample size, but the Bruins did sweep after winning on Friday and Saturday.
Before last night, Washington had not lost the Friday and Saturday games back-to-back this conference season, so the Huskies are in uncharted waters. Washington had not lost a conference series this season before last weekend, but will finish the season losing their final two series, to Oregon State and UCLA.
This game will have little impact on the conference standings. Washington (38-15-1, 20-9) has clinched 2nd place, and cannot catch conference champion Oregon State. UCLA (25-29-1, 12-17) can finish no better than tied for 8th (with Cal- ouch), and can finish no worse than 9th. But the game could impact where Washington winds up in the field of 64, so they have a lot at stake.
This will be the final game for the four UCLA seniors- Brian Carroll, Pat Gallagher, Aaron Weiner, and Kevin Williams. It is also likely to be the final game for some UCLA juniors, particularly Shane Zeile, and it could be the final game for quite a few UCLA juniors, depending on next month's MLB draft. Let's hope they all go out with a bang.
Game time is 3 pm. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Network, with Paul Sunderland and Eric Byrnes on the call. You can also follow along with the UCLA audio feed here, with John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm at the mike. Washington will also provide a live stat feed here.
This is your Sunday season finale game thread. Fire away with your updates, thoughts on this season, and thoughts on the future. Go Bruins !!