UCLA got on the board early, but still needed a late comeback to beat the Cal Poly Mustangs, 9-5.
The Bruins’ first inning rallywas started by Michael Toglia and Chase Strumpf, both of whom singled to give UCLA runners on first and second with two outs. Jack Stronach cleared the bases with a two-run double to right.
Cal Poly cut the Bruins’ lead in half when ther scored a run in the bottom of the fourth.
UCLA repsonded to that with two more runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer by Jeremy Ydens that also scored Ryan Kreidler.
After UCLA starter Jake Bird loaded the bases in the sixth, the Mustangs were able to score two runs on a single by Scott Ogrin. In the seventh, Bird gave up a triple to Kyle Marinconz and he walked Bradlee Beesley. Both guys would score and Cal Poly took a 5-4 lead.
But the Bruins are a team that has been crushing the ball and they did it again in the eighth inning. Michael Toglia tied the game back up with a double that score Chase Strumpf. Two batters later, Toglia scored on a wild pitch. Daniel Amaral drove in Jack Stronach with a single that gave the Bruins a 7-5 lead. Amaral would later score on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Rosica. Jeremy Ydens hit a triple to center that scored Jake Hirabayashi to make it 9-5, Bruins.
Kyle Mora went three up and three down in the eighth to earn his fifth win while Holden Powell pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the deal for UCLA.
Tonight, the Bruins look for the series win at 6 pm PT. Zach Pettway (6-1, 2.83 ERA) gets the start for the Bruins while Darren Nelson (4-3 4.93 ERA) takes the hill for the Mustangs.
This is your UCLA Bruins at Cal Poly Mustangs game two open thread.