UCLA sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 1st last night and scored six runs. That was more than enough for James Kaprielian (6.2 Inn, 1 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 10 K), as he picked up his 6th win of the season.
Tonight UCLA sends Grant Watson (4-6, 3.69) to the mound, as the Bruins attempt to end a five game losing streak in Saturday games. Stanford counters with Josh Hochstatter (6-1, 1.93), who has won three straight since entering the starting rotation. For more details about the series as a whole, here is the preview.
The Bruins are now 23-19-1, 10-9 in conference play, solidly in 6th (!) place in the conference standings. Stanford drops below .500 at 19-20, 7-12 in conference play, "good" for an 8th place tie in the conference. Oregon State won easily on the road at Cal, so UCLA remains five games off the pace, with 11 conference games remaining, including three next weekend in Corvallis. The Bruins can not lose any more ground.
Game time is 7 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. If you can't make it to the game, you can watch on ESPNU. You can also listen to the live audio, with John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm calling the action. And if you really want to live life in the danger zone, you can follow the live stats feed from Morgan Center. Doughnut's minions will be looking to extend their streak of having the live feed work for an entire game. They are at one game and counting.
Watson will need to avoid the big inning (which has been his biggest problem this year) if the Bruins are to continue to successfully bottom feed this weekend. Meanwhile, could somebody who was at the game last night please advise whether any announcement was made about whether UCLA plans to enter a beer league softball tournament this summer? It sure looked like it from the uniforms.
Go Bruins !! Let's take this series now, and go for the sweep tomorrow. Fire away with your comments, updates, and other observations as the Bruins look to chop down the Trees.