Gerling, Simpson Lead Huskies to Win Over No. 10 UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington Huskies (9-13, 1-6) used a strong start by Logan Gerling and a balanced offensive attack to beat the No. 10 UCLA Bruins (15-8, 4-3) by a score of 8-6 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Huskies jumped on the UCLA starter in the top of the first, started by a Braiden Ward one-out single. After Ward stole his Pac-12-best 16th base of the season, Will Simpson crushed a home run the opposite way to give UW a 2-0 lead. Christian Jones then doubled to left-center field and Michael Snyder singled up the middle for his first-career RBI, giving the Huskies a 3-0 lead.
The Bruins got one run back in the home half of the inning on a bloop single.
After Noah Hsue singled in the top of the fifth, Cole Miller blasted a two-out triple to bring him home. Simpson then ripped a double down the left field line for his third RBI of the evening to make it a 5-1 lead for UW.
The Huskies used some small ball to extend their lead in the seventh. After Braiden Ward beat out a ground ball, he went to third on a stray pickoff throw and then scored on a wild pitch.
All the meanwhile, UW starter Logan Gerling was dominating UCLA. After the bloop single in the first inning, Gerling cruised through six more to go a career-high 7.0 innings. He retired 10 straight Bruins ranging from the fourth to the seventh inning. Gerling also retired 19 of the next 20 UCLA batters after the first inning hit.
In the eighth inning, Nick Kresnak entered as a pinch hitter and led off with an infield single. With Kresnak on second, Michael Petrie singled into left field to push the lead to 7-1.
UCLA did not go away easily, as the Bruins managed to score 5 runs in the bottom of the eighth, despite not hitting a ball to the outfield on the fly. They used a couple of well-placed ground balls and took advantage of UW pitchers hitting two batters and walking another three in the frame. Davis Delorefice came in with the bases loaded and two outs, with the Huskies holding onto a 7-6 lead. He got his man out to end the frame and put an end to the rally.
Kresnak delivered again in the ninth, as he singled up the middle to score Kaiser Weiss, who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Delorefice stayed in for the bottom of the ninth and retired UCLA in order for a perfect four-out save.
With his strong effort, Gerling also earned the first win of his career to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Game two of the series between UW and UCLA is set for tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.