On Sunday, the Bruins bounced back from Saturday’s loss to trounce the Sun Devils 17-4. UCLA got all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning when they put five runs on the board.
Daniel Amaral got things going with a lead off hit. Coach Savage decided to play small ball right away and had Jeremy Ydens bunt him over but Ydens was safe and UCLA had runners on first and second with no outs. A double by Sean Bouchard drove in Amaral and advanced Ydens to third. Kyle Cuellar walked to load the bases and Nick Kern walked to bring in Ydens. That’s when Chase Strumpf cleared the bases with a double to left-center, giving the Bruins a 5-0 lead to start the game off right.
ASU got one back in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-1.
Ydens scored his second run of the game in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Cuellar. And he wasn’t done yet.
In the fourth, following a walk to Amaral, Ydens homered to make the score 8-1 while Bouchard would score his second run of the game later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Strumpf.
Michael Toglia got in on the hit parade in the fifth with a shot up the middle that scored Ydens and Daniel Rosica. A single by Kern brought Bouchard home while hits by Strumpf and Ryan Kriedler brought in Toglia and Kern as the Bruins led 14-1 after five innings.
The Sun Devils would score one more in the bottom of the sixth and that was all the scoring until the ninth.
In the ninth, Strumpf doubled to center scoring Ydens and Bouchard and advancing Zander Clarke, who had pinch-hit for Toglia, to third. Jack Stronach then drove Clarke in on a sacrifice fly and UCLA led 17-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Sun Devils would tack on two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late as the Bruins went home with a 17-4 win.
Jon Olsen (2-1) pitched six and two-thirds for the win while Reagan Todd (1-3) took the loss.
What had been looking like another lost season for John Savage is suddenly looking up. The Bruins now have sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 with a 6-3 conference record. They are three games behind Oregon State which is still undefeated in conference play.
Tonight, John Savage send Jon Hooper (0-0, 4.79) to the hill for the Bruins and he will face lefthanded junior Jacob Erickson (4-1, 1.40).
UCLA Baseball (13-12)
Opponent: San Diego State Aztecs (19-9)
When: April 4, 2017, 6 pm PT
Where: Lake Elsinore Diamond, Lake Elsinore, CA
TV/Live Stream: None
Audio: uclabruins.com with John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm
Live Stats: San Diego State Stat Broadcast
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