After losing the first two games of this weekend’s series against the Oregon State Beavers, the UCLA Bruins salvaged the final game of the regular season by topping the Beavers, 4-1.
UCLA won yesterday’s game in the first inning when Ryan Kriedler knocked in two runs on an RBI single that went through the left side and scored Kevin Kendall and Jack Stronach. That gave UCLA a quick 2-0 lead before the Beavers even got to bat.
Then, in the second, Kendall drove Jake Hirabayashi in on an RBI single to left to give the Bruins an insurance run.
The Beavers scored their only run of the game in the fifth when Zak Taylor scored on a wild pitch by UCLA starter Ryan Garcia.
Jeremy Ydens homered in the 8th to make the final score 4-1, Bruins.
The Bruins finish the regular season in fourth place in the Pac-12 after losing the first two games of the series to #2 Oregon State.
Thankfully, those two losses shouldn’t keep the Bruins from making the NCAA Baseball Tournament since UCLA entered the weekend ranked 16th in the country according to Baseball America and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
The Bruins find out who they will be playing tomorrow morning at 9 am PT when the NCAA Baseball Selection Show airs on ESPNU. The Selection Show will also stream on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
Will the Bruins get to host a regional this year? It’s possible, but not guaranteed. We’ll find out tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, weigh in below in the comments. Do you think UCLA deserves to host a regional? Overall, what are your thoughts on UCLA Baseball, in general, and this season, in particular.
Go Bruins!!! Bring home 117!!!