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UCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton Tuesday Night Baseball Thread: Bruins Looking to Stop the Slide to .500

The unranked UCLA baseball team hosts the Cal State Fullerton Titans for a mid-week game, with the Bruins desperate for a win to keep themselves from falling within one game of .500 on the season.


Another weekend, another lost series.  And once again, it followed the same old script: after picking up a 7-2 win against the Stanford Cardinal behind James Kaprielian's strong night (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 10 K, 5 H, 4 BB), the Bruins once again came up short on Saturday (losing 5-0) and Sunday (losing 5-2), to drop another weekend series, giving an otherwise average-to-mediocre Stanford squad a pair of nice road wins at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  With the Bruins now just two games above .500 for the season (23-21-1) and a game under .500 in conference play (10-11), the Bruins host the Cal State Fullerton Titans this evening with nothing left to play for except pride.

It's been a woeful season, but UCLA will look to build some momentum as UCLA enters the home stretch of the season.  The Bruins will send usual mid-week starter, freshman right-hander Grant Dyer (6-3, 3.50 ERA), while the Titans will send their own right-handed freshman, Phil Bickford (3-3, 2.34 ERA) to the hill.  Earlier this year, the Bruins came up short against the Titans, losing in Fullerton 4-3, with Dyer (5.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 K, 5 H, 2 BB) picking up the loss.  The freshman will need to pick up his effort today if UCLA is to have any chance of getting something going as the season marches close to the end.

In case you missed it, you can check out the official website's preview of the game here.  First pitch this evening is set for 6 p.m. PST at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  If you're unable to make it out to JRS, you can watch the game live on the Pac-12 Network, with J.B. Long and Aubrey Huff calling the game.  Or, if you don't have the network, e, you can listen in live to the audio broadcast, being called by John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm. Or you can track the game live on the official website's Gametracker.

This is your Tuesday evening got-to-stop-the-total-collapse game thread, so fire away in the comment thread with your comments, takes, or what you see/hear as you're tracking, watching, or listening in to the game.