Last night, Jack Ralston allowed just one hit and three walks over six innings while striking out nine as the UCLA baseball team defeated the Washington Huskies, 4-0. The win was Ralston’s 10th win of the season and it won the series for the Bruins. This afternoon, UCLA will look to break out their brooms as they try to sweep the Huskies at Noon PT.
In the top of the second, Michael Toglia led off the inning with a single. Jake Pries was up next and he singled Toglia over to third, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with no outs. Toglia was able to score on Jack Stronach’s grounder to second and UCLA took a 1-0 lead.
Matt McLain hit a one-out double in the fifth and Garrett Mitchell followed with an RBI triple which scored McLain. Mitchell also scored when Ryan Kreidler hit a sacrifice fly to left field and the Bruins led 3-0 after five.
UCLA’s final run of the game came in the sixth when Toglia homered to right.
In the top of the seventh, the Huskies had their biggest threat of the game when Ralston started the inning with a pair of walks. But that sent John Savage to the bullpen and Nate Hadley worked his way out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts and a fielder’s choice in between. Kyle Mora came in for a perfect eighth inning and Holden Powell struck out the side in the ninth to close out the win.
This afternoon, Jesse Bergin (5-0, 3.88) will look for his sixth win of the season for the Bruins while redshirt sophomore John Burgmann (4-5, 3.91) will take the hill for the Huskies. The key to beating Burgmann seems to be scoring at least three runs off him as Washington has lost every game Burgmann has pitched where he has given up three or more runs.
Personally, I think the Bruins are locked in and focused and aren’t about to lose their final regular season home game today.
This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Washington Huskies baseball game three open thread.