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UCLA Baseball: Bullpen Lets Bruins Down for First Loss of the Season

The Bruins scored six runs, but that wasn’t enough as the bullpen gave up four runs in the final three innings and UCLA lost 8-6.

Jeremy Ydens went 1-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 RBIs and a run scored in yesterday’s loss to Baylor. Thomas

Last year, UCLA’s bullpen was a weak point for the Bruins. After UCLA’s first loss of the season, it’s possible that the bullpen could continue to be a cause for concern.

That’s because the pen gave up 4 runs over the final three innings as UCLA lost 8-6 to Baylor yesterday.

Bruin starter Jon Olsen gave up a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Baylor a quick 2-0 lead, but UCLA came right back in the bottom half of the inning. Daniel Amaral got the Bruins off to a very good start when he homered to center to cut Baylor’s lead to one. A pair of walks to Michael Toglia and Kyle Cuellar gave the Bruins runs on first and second with two outs when Jeremy Ydens tripled to left-center to put UCLA in front 3-2.

In the second, UCLA looked poised for another big inning as they loaded the bases. Will McInerny singled with one out to start off the rally while Daniel Amaral reached on a dropped fly ball by Baylor centerfielder Cole Hering. Jake Hirabayashi then walked to load the bases for UCLA. McInerny and Amaral scored on a sacrifice fly by Toglia to give UCLA a 4-2 lead.

Baylor tied it back up in the top of the third on a two-run double by Andy Thomas.

Chaset Strumpf scored on a Ryan Kriedler sacrifice fly in the 5th and Ydens also scored on the same play due to a throwing error as UCLA retook the lead and made it 6-4.

But, six runs wasn’t enough to win yesterday as the bullpen gave up a run in the seventh, another in the eighth and two in the ninth to win 8-6. Kyle Mora (0-1) took the loss for UCLA and Drew Robertson (1-0) picked up the win for Baylor.

UCLA looks to win the weekend series when the teams meet for today’s rubber game. This afternoon’s game sends Zach Pettway (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to the hill for the Bruins while RHP Hayden Kettler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Bears.

This is your UCLA vs. Baylor baseball open thread.

Go Bruins!!!