This afternoon, the UCLA baseball team travels over the hill into the Valley for an afternoon game against Cal State Northridge at 2 pm PT.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, the Bruins played the rubber game of their series against Georgia Tech. UCLA’s starter Jesse Bergin allow just two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings for his second win of the season. Bergin also struck out four. The Bruins’ bullpen trio of Nate Hadley, Kyle Mora and Holden Powell also kept the Yellow Jackets scoreless over the final three frames.
Offensively, the Bruins had their first threat in the second inning, but they couldn’t score and ended up leaving the bases loaded. UCLA finally got on the board in the top of the fifth after Garrett Mitchell started off the inning with an infield single. He eventually came around to score and the Bruins took a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, Chase Strumpf led off with a single to center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt McLain. But that was UCLA’s only run in the inning which saw them strand three again.
The Bruins finally put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Jeremy Ydens led off with a double. Ryan Kreidler followed by laying down a bunt and was safe due to a throwing error which scored Ydens. Kreidler moved from second to third on a single by Strumpf and then scored on Michael Toglia’s single to center. That gave UCLA a 4-0 lead after seven.
The Bruins added two more insurance runs in the ninth. The first came on a homer by Kreidler. Two batters later, Toglia doubled to center, but the Yellow Jacket bullpen had some control issues and walked the next three batters to score Toglia. Unfortunately, the Bruins didn’t score any of the other three runners, but the score was now 6-0 and that was how things finished after a scoreless bottom of the ninth by Powell.
Cal State Northridge Matadors
After opening the season splitting four games against Kansas State, the Matadors played another four-game series this past weekend against Gonzaga and won three of four games.
The Matadors finished with three straight wins over the Zags and Friday’s loss went 13 innings. Today’s starter Cruz Daddario gave up two runs in 12⁄3 innings to take the loss.
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