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UCLA Loses a Tough One to TCU 3-1, Faces Southern Cal at Dodger Stadium

Across town, Vanderbilt loses on walk-off HR by Southern Cal.


UCLA lost a tough game at home last tonight to TCU 3-1.

The game started off well for the Bruins. In the bottom of the first, Kevin Kramer singled and advanced to 2nd on a balk by TCU starter Alex Young. After advancing to third on Luke Persico's flyout to center, Kramer scored when Ty Moore grounded out to second, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

But the Bruins offense struggled the rest of the night, leaving 6 runners on base including two which were in scoring position.

Meanwhile, TCU tied the game in the top of the 4th when DH Evan Skoug doubled to left scoring Keaton Jones.

The Horned Frogs took the lead in the 6th inning which started with a Cody Jones' single. A few play later, Skoug reached first on catcher's interference and Elliot Barzilli drove in two unearned runs, giving TCU a 3-1 lead.

While Tucker Forbes and Grant Dyer pitched a total of three innings of scoreless relief for UCLA, the Bruins just couldn't muster enough offense to score any more runs.

Alex Young (3-0) picked up his third win of the season while Grant Watson (2-1) took the loss. Riley Ferrell pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save of the year.

Across town, Southern Cal needed to rely on a walk-off home run to get past Vanderbilt 7-6. The win makes the Trogans the only team playing in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic yet to lose a game this weekend.

UCLA hopes to change that this afternoon when they face Just$C. Junior righthander Cody Poteet (2-0, 1.29 ERA) takes the mound for the Bruins while Freshman righty Mitch Hart (2-0, 2.25 ERA) will be on the hill for Southern Cal.

The key for the Bruins is getting their bats moving. If the first two games this weekend have shown anything, it's that keeping UCLA's bats quiet is the key team beating the Bruins. If they can get get on base and score some runs, look for David Berg to shut down the Trogans and keep them from a third walk-off win.

It's a beautiful day for baseball out at Dodger Stadium and while Vin won't be broadcasting today's game, it can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks starting at 3:30. But, heck, there's still time to get out to Chavez Ravine and tickets are only $10 for adults, $5 for students and $5 for kids under 14 and parking is only $10, making today's game more affordable than any MLB game. But, if you're not able to, you can listen live for free on where John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call.

This is your $c-UCLA open thread.