For the second straight game, UCLA fell behind 4-0 early in the game and, just like Friday’s game, the Bruins came back big with 9 runs.
UC Berkeley got on the board in the top of the first when starter Moises Ceja gave up a two-run homer to Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn hit another two-run homer in the third to give the Bears a 4-0 edge.
In the bottom of the fourth, Michael Toglia doubled to right to drive Kyle Cuellar in and move Nick Valaika to third. Valaika scored two batters later when Ryan Kriedler drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Sean Bouchard drove Brett Stephens in on another sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to cut the Bears’ lead to 4-3. The Bruins would tie the game in the sixth when Toglia scored on a wild pitch by Rogelio Reyes.
In the seventh inning, Daniel Amaral led off and was hit by a pitch. He then stole second as well as third before Kyle Cuellar drove him in with a single through the left side of the infield. After a walk to Valaika, Toglia hit a triple down the right field line that scored Cuellar and Valaika and the Bruins led 7-4.
UCLA added a few insurance runs in the eighth. The first came when Bouchard drove Stephens in again on another sacrifice fly. The second came when Cuellar singled to right driving in Amaral.
Ryan Garcia got his first win of the season for the Bruins while Reyes took the loss.
The teams meet again in the series finale this afternoon at 2 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks Los Angeles and Bay Area. John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will call the game via UCLA’s online streaming audio. You can also follow along with the live stats.
This is your UCLA Bruin baseball versus UC Berkeley game three open thread.