The Bruins ended their seven-game losing streak last night in dramatic fashion on a walk-off single by Kort Peterson in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Stanford 6-5.
For most of the night, It looked like the Bruins weren't going to pull this one out.
Stanford scored first in the top of the 3rd when Jack Klein scored on a Nico Hoerner single up the middle. Hoerner later scored when Mikey Diekroger double down the right field line.
In the bottom of the fourth, Brett Urabe walked and Sean Bouchard tripled to right center to cut the Cardinal lead to 2-1.
Mikey Diekroger hurt the Bruins again in the top of the sixth inning with another double. This time, he hit it to left, but the result was the same. Following a sacrifice bunt that moved Diekroger to third, he scored on a ground out to third by Austin Barr to give the Cardinal a 3-1 lead.
It was freshman Daniel Rosica who started the Bruins off in the top of the sixth with a single to center. Kort Peterson walked and Brett Urabe was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Eric Filia. Filia singled to center as the Bruins played small ball. Sean Bouchard came through big-time with his third hit of the game to tie the score at 3.
Jake Bird relieved Grant Dyer to start the seventh inning, but, perhaps, John Savage would have been better off leaving Dyer in there as Bird immediately gave up a double to Jack Klein who then scored on Nico Hoerner's single to center.
Savage went to the pen again and brought in Hunter Virant, but Hoerner still scored three batters later when Mikey Diekroger reached on an error by Virant giving the Cardinal a 5-3 lead after six and a half innings.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. Stanford brought in Colton Hock to try to close it out, but it wasn't Hock's night.
Luke Persico reached on an error by Hoerner. Christoph Bono singled to center, moving Persico over. Trent Chatterton laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with only one out. A double by Brett Stephens drove in both runners to tie the game.
Jake Pries pinch-hit for Rosica and singled up the middle to put runners on the corners still with only one out. Peterson singled through the left side to drive in Pries and break the Bruins' losing streak. The final score was UCLA 6, Stanford 5.
Today, Kyle Molnar (2-2, 3.83) takes the hill for UCLA if the game is not postponed. Junior Brett Hanewich (3-1, 2.81) will start for the Cardinal. Hanewich has allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 5 of his 6 appearances. Last year, Hanewich threw a complete game against UCLA where he only allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run. So, he will be tough.
The weather in Westwood this morning was cloudy with showers at the start and at the end of football practice. Soon, after practice had ended, the rain really started to come down. So, it is possible that this afternoon's game may get postponed. At 11 am, about an hour before the rain started coming down, the UCLA Baseball Twitter account sounded like the game would be played.
ATTENTION FANS: There is currently no change in game time for today's contest at 4:30pm PT, stay tuned for any potential updates. #GoBruins— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) April 9, 2016
But, it seems possible that they could have to reschedule it if the field conditions aren't good or if the weather gets worse.
The game is scheduled to begin at 4:35 pm PT and will air on Pac-12 Networks. Of course, the game can also be heard online through the official UCLA Athletics website.
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Weather Update (4:02 pm):
ATTENTION FANS: Starting pitch has been moved back from 4:35pm PT to 5:00pm PT. #GoBruins— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) April 9, 2016
To get you pumped for tonight's game, we have a video clip from last night. It's Kort Peterson's postgame interview with the Pac-12 Network.