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Bruins Host Washington for Three

Mar 31, 2021
Matt McLain (photo: Don Liebig)

No. 9 UCLA (15-7, 4-2 Pac-12) vs. Washington (8-13, 0-6 Pac-12)
Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. PT
Friday, Apr. 2, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. PT

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Jackie Robinson Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Stream: Pac-12 Now App / Pac-12.com
Audio: UCLA Lean Player
Audio Play-by-Play Talent: Tim Wilhelm
Live Stats

UCLA Hosts Washington For Three on Pac-12 Networks    
No. 9 UCLA (15-7, 4-2) returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium this week to host conference rival Washington (8-13, 0-6) for a three-game Pac-12 series, starting Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and continuing on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12:00 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also follow along with an audio broadcast and live stats on UCLABruins.com as well as live updates from the team Twitter account, @UCLABaseball

Jackie Robinson Stadium Remains Spectator-Free    
Due to local and state health guidelines, all UCLA Athletics competitions will be hosted in a spectator-free environment. For updates regarding in-person attendance at UCLA Athletics events, please check UCLABruins.com.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Thursday, Apr. 1 - 6:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Zach Pettway, RHP, Sr. (0-0, 2.84 ERA)
WASH - Logan Gerling, RHP, Jr. (0-2, 2.51 ERA)
Friday, Apr. 2 - 2:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Jesse Bergin, RHP, Jr. (3-1, 2.97 ERA)
WASH - Tyson Guerrero, LHP, RSo. (0-0, 1.42 ERA)
Saturday, Apr. 3 - 12:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Jared Karros, RHP, So. (2-1, 3.33 ERA)
WASH - TBA

The Week In Review    
UCLA is coming off a series victory on the road at crosstown rival USC last weekend, rallying from a Friday defeat to take the three-game conference set.

  • The Bruins suffered a 5-4 loss in the series opener at USC, with the Trojans rallying for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win. The loss spoiled a standout start for Zach Pettway, who limited USC to one run on three hits  over seven innings and retired 10 consecutive batters at one point. 
  • UCLA evened the series with a 6-3 victory on Saturday night. The Bruins never trailed in the contest, taking the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth and sealing the contest with three runs in the late innings. DH Josh Hahn (2-4, three RBIs) and CF Kevin Kendall (2-5, two RBIs) led the Bruin bats, while Kyle Cuellar had a single and double in his first game since Feb. 21. UCLA's bullpen tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball to preserve the win, with Jake Saum (2.2 IP, 0 H) leading the way and earning the win to improve to 2-2.
  • The Bruins closed out the series with a decisive 13-1 victory on Sunday. The 4-6 spots in the lineup combined to go 7-9 with eight RBIs and six runs: JT Schwartz (3-3, 4 R), Mikey Perez (3-4, 3 RBIs), Pat Caulfield (1-2, 3 RBIs). Caulfield opened the scoring and drove in the game-winning run with a two-run homer in the second inning, UCLA would go on to post crooked numbers in three consecutive innings starting in the fourth. That was more than enough run support for the Bruins, as Jared Karros (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 K) turned in arguably the finest start of his career before the UCLA bullpen closed it out with three innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. 
  • UCLA outscored the Trojans 23-9 for the weekend, outhit them .300-.151, and had a 2.70 ERA (USC: 7.33). 
  • UCLA's scheduled game on Mar. 30 was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols within the Pepperdine program.

In This Week's Polls    
UCLA appeared in all five major national polls on Monday, ranking as high as No. 9 (USA TODAY Coaches Poll, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball) and remaining top-15 in D1Baseball (No. 10), and Baseball America (No. 15). This week's opponents, Pepperdine and Washington, are both unranked in all polls. 

The All-Time Series Against Washington    
UCLA is 54-25 all-time against Washington, including a 30-15 mark under head coach John Savage. The head-to-head matchup has been a streaky one; UCLA reeled off nine consecutive series wins from 2007-15, followed by three straight for the Huskies (2016-18). UCLA swept Washington in 2019 in the last matchup between the two schools. The Bruins have won six of seven series over the Huskies at Jackie Robinson Stadium since 2006. 

Friendly Confines    
UCLA is 11-3 at home this year and has gone 90-29 (.756) at Jackie Robinson Stadium since the start of the 2017 season. The Bruins have won 19 of their last 20 regular season home series.

Seeing Double
UCLA has produced double digits in the hit column in five consecutive and eight of the last 10 games. For the season, UCLA has had 10+ hits in 13 of 22 games (59%). The Bruins produced a season-high 17 hits in a 13-6 win over Loyola Marymount on Mar. 23. 

Last Time Out Against the Huskies    
UCLA and Washington last met from May 17-19, 2019 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in what was the Bruins' final regular season home series that year. The Bruins swept the series by an aggregate score of 26-5. Key performers from that series still on the UCLA roster include Noah Cardenas (3-7, two runs) on the position player side and MIchael Townsend (one hit over five scoreless relief innings) and Kyle Mora (one hit over three scoreless relief innings) on the pitching side.