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UCLA Baseball: Going for the Series Win vs. North Carolina

UCLA took game 1 of the North Carolina series 8-4. Today they send Grant Watson to the mound, for his first start against the Tar Heels since throwing six shutout innings against them in the 2013 CWS.

Grant Watson takes the mound today for the Bruins
Grant Watson takes the mound today for the Bruins
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Friday's victory wasn't the most artistic game which has ever been played, but the final result was a thing of beauty. UCLA committed five errors, UNC committed six. Each team allowed two unearned runs.

But the Bruins continued their hot hitting, as eight Bruins combined for 12 hits. The 2-3-4 hitters, Kevin Kramer, Luke Persico, and Ty Moore combined for seven hits, four runs scored and three RBI's to lead the charge.

James Kaprielian threw 6+ innings, allowing three earned runs on 7 hits, but did not walk any batters on the way to his 2nd victory in as many starts in 2015. Tucker Forbes and Grant Dyer worked an inning each, before turning the ball over to David Berg, for his familiar role of closing out another victory for the Bruins.

UNC, meanwhile, used seven pitchers. We will see if that comes back to haunt them later in the series.

Today, Grant Watson goes for his 2nd victory in as many starts, to try to match Kaprielian out of the gate. In his first start, he threw seven innings of one run ball. The Bruins would be helped big time if he can match his 2013 form, when he was an integral weekend starter on the CWS championship team. Another strong start today would be a big step in that direction.

North Carolina will throw their normal Friday starter in today's game. The rotation flip did not work for game 1, as the normal Saturday starter, Benton Moss, could not make it out of the 4th inning. Today's starter, Trent Thornton, did not make it out of the 5th inning in his first start, so he is looking for his first win of 2015. Let's hope he is still looking for that first win after today.

Game time is 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. You can follow the UCLA audio feed here. And orlandobruin should be in attendance, to give us first hand impressions in the comment section, as he did in yesterday's game thread.

Here is a link for live stats for today's game.

This is your open thread. Go Bruins !!