Going into last night, the Bruins were mired in their biggest slump of the season as UCLA had lost four in a row. Through the first four innings against Washington, it looked like they might be headed to their fifth straight loss.
After all, Bruin starter Jake Bird had given up three runs to the Huskies in the fourth and, considering how UCLA has been struggling to score runs, that might have been to much of a deficit for the Bruins to overcome.
But, in the fifth inning, Jeremy Ydens picked up a single and so did Chase Strumpf. That brought up Michael Toglia, who hammered a three-run home run to right for his tenth of the season, and, just like that, the Bruin bats seemed to come alive.
In the sixth, Jack Stronach singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly foul out by Daniel Rosica. In the seventh, Strumpf doubled and Stronach drove him in. The Bruins would go on to add two more runs in the eighth en route to a 7-3 win over the Huskies.
Meanwhile, UCLA’s bullpen held the Huskies hitless after Bird departed in the seventh with one on and one out, helping Bird pick up his sixth win of the season.
This afternoon, the Bruins look for the series win with freshman Zach Pettway (7-2, 2.92 ERA) on the hill. He will face off against junior Joe DeMers (4-3, 2.39 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm PT.
While this weekend’s series isn’t televised, it is being live streamed on Pac-12.com. Of course, Tim Wilhelm will have the audio call on uclabruins.com and live stats will also be available.
This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Washington baseball game two open thread.