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No. 6 UCLA Visits Cal Poly for Non-Conference Set

Mar 11, 2021
Pat Caulfield (photo: Don Liebig)

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No. 6 UCLA (9-3) at Cal Poly (6-4)
Friday, Mar. 12, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Mar. 13, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. PT

Location: Baggett Stadium (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Stream: Big West TV
Audio: UCLA Lean Player
Play-by-Play Talent: Tim Wilhelm
Live Stats: Fri | Sat | Sun

UCLA Heads to Cal Poly For First Road Series of 2021    
No. 6 UCLA (9-3), in the middle of a four game road trip, heads north to San Luis Obispo, Calif. this weekend for a three-game set at Big West-member Cal Poly (6-4). It's the first meeting between the Bruins and Mustangs since the 2018 season. The two teams will play 6:00 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday followed by a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday. All three games of the series will be streamed live on Big West TV, and fans can also follow along with an audio broadcast and live stats on as well as live updates from the team Twitter account, @UCLABaseball. 

Projected Pitching Matchups
Friday, Mar. 12 - 6:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Zach Pettway, RHP, Sr. (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
CP - Drew Thorpe, RHP, Fr. (2-0, 1.93 ERA)
Saturday, Mar. 13 - 6:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Jesse Bergin, RHP, Jr. (2-1, 1.72 ERA)
CP - Travis Weston, LHP, So. (1-1, 1.96 ERA)
Sunday, Mar. 14 - 1:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Nick Nastrini, RHP, Jr. (2-0, 1.53 ERA)
CP - Andrew Alvarez, LHP, Jr. (2-0, 2.77 ERA)

The Week In Review    
UCLA has gone 4-0 over the last week, taking decisions over Pepperdine, Cal State Fullerton, and USC last weekend as part of the College Baseball Classic before claiming a 6-2 road midweek win at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. 

  • UCLA opened the College Baseball Classic with a 16-8 triumph over Pepperdine. The heart of the order helped UCLA produce a season-high in runs, as the 3-4-5 spots of Matt McLain, Josh Hahn, and Michael Curialle combined to go 7-12 with five extra-base hits, six RBIs, and nine runs scored. Curialle was especially effective, posting career highs in doubles (3) and RBIs (4). The game was closer than the scoreline would make it seem, as the score was 8-7 in the middle of the eighth before the Bruins posted an eight-spot in the bottom of the inning which was aided by eight free runners (five walks, three HBPs). Jared Karros (5 IP, 1 ER) and Sean Mullen (1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H) earned the win and save, respectively, to lead the Bruins on the mound. 
  • The Bruins topped Cal State Fullerton for the second time of the week with a 6-1 win on Saturday. Jesse Bergin tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Bruins, and UCLA received an RBI from six separate players. The Bruins went ahead for good with multi-run rallies in the third and fourth innings, the latter of which came via back-to-back homers from Mikey Perez and Kevin Kendall. It was Perez's first collegiate homer and Kendall's first roundtripper since the 2018 season. Kendall (3-5) had the most hits in the UCLA lineup on Saturday. 
  • UCLA completed an unbeaten weekend with a 10-1 win over crosstown rival USC on Sunday. It was the Bruins' third consecutive win over the Trojans in the annual tournament finale. Nick Nastrini allowed just one hit and struck out nine over a 5 1/3 inning start, and Jake Saum closed the door with the 3 2/3 inning save. Saum retired the first nine batters he faced. Each of the top four batters in the UCLA lineup - Kendall, Caulfield, McLain, and JT Schwartz - had multiple hits, accounting for 10 of UCLA's 12 as a team. Caulfield drove in four of UCLA's first five runs, first on a two-run double in the third and then a two-run single in the fourth, before the Bruins broke it open with a five-run eighth.
  • The Bruins faced Cal State Fullerton for the third time in an eight-day span on Tuesday, securing a 6-2 win in UCLA's first road midweek of 2021. Starting pitcher Sean Mullen struck out a career-high 10 batters in just five innings as UCLA racked up a season-high 17 Ks over the course of the game. JT Schwartz (2-4, two RBIs) and Jack Filby (1-3, two RBIs) were the Bruins' top offensive performers. UCLA never trailed in the game, going ahead for good with a single run in the third before plating the eventual game-winning run with a three-spot in the fourth. 

On The Road    
UCLA will play four straight on the road this week, tied for the longest road swing for the team this season. The Bruins will also play four consecutive away contests from Apr. 20-25 and May 7-11. This weekend's series at Cal Poly marks the only time UCLA will leave Southern California before Apr. 9. 

In This Week's Polls    
UCLA appeared in all five major national polls on Monday, ranking as high as No. 6 (D1Baseball, USA TODAY Coaches Poll, NCBWA) and remaining top-10 in Baseball America (No. 8) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 10). 

The All-Time Series Against Cal Poly    
UCLA owns a 29-8 record all-time against Cal Poly, including a 16-8 mark under head coach John Savage. The two teams most recently met in 2018, as the Bruins swept a three-game series in San Luis Obispo by a combined score of 21-12. This is the eighth time under Savage that UCLA and Cal Poly will meet for a weekend series, with the Bruins winning the last three and five of seven series overall. 

On a Winning Streak    
After dropping its season-opening series against San Francisco, the Bruins have rallied to win six straight and eight of the last nine games. During the team's current six-game winning streak, UCLA has: 

  • Outscored its opponents 56-13 and outhit opponents .284 to .169
  • Posted a 2.00 team ERA, compared to a 8.45 ERA for opponents in the same span
  • Scored double-digit runs in three games, including 16 against Pepperdine and 14 against Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 2)
  • Allowed three hits or fewer in three games, including a combined two-hitter against CSF on Mar. 2
  • Allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of six games, including a 4-0 shutout of UC Irvine on Feb. 28

Meeting the Mustangs, Again    
A trio of Bruins on the current roster saw action when UCLA last faced Cal Poly in 2018. Then-freshman Kevin Kendall went 3-15 with two extra-base hits and two RBIs over three starts at shortstop. Then-freshman Zach Pettway started the Saturday game of that series, earning the win to improve to 7-1 after allowing three earned over 6 2/3 innings. Finally, then-sophomore Kyle Mora appeared out of the bullpen in all three games, allowing just two hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.