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UW Clinches Series Win Over No. 10 UCLA

Apr 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington Huskies (10-13, 2-6) rallied from a 5-1 deficit to come back and clinch the series win on the road against No. 10 UCLA (15-9, 4-4) on Friday afternoon.

Tyson Guerrero got the start for UW, his first since February 26th against UTRGV. Guerrero was dominant early, cruising through the first four innings of the game without allowing a run. In the top of the fourth inning, the Huskies used a quick two-out burst to get on the board first. Will Simpson singled into left field and Christian Jones followed with an RBI double that hit off the wall in dead center field. 

For the second straight day, UW would have to weather a big inning from the Bruins, as they hung a 5-spot in the bottom of the fifth. After an unearned run tied the game, UCLA would load the bases and then hit a grand slam to take a 5-1 lead. 

The Huskies would not go away easy, as they responded with a crooked number of their own, with the top of the order paving the way. Noah Hsue reached second on an error with one out and Braiden Ward followed with an RBI triple to get one run back. Cole Miller then singled up the middle to score Ward and cut the deficit in half. After Christian Jones worked a walk, Carson Blatnick came in as a pinch hitter. Blatnick fouled off three straight pitches and worked an eight-pitch plate appearance, but the battle was worth it as he worked the two-out walk. 

With two outs, the bases loaded and the score at 5-3 in favor of UCLA, Los Angeles native Ramon Bramasco stepped up to the plate. He was 0-2 on the day with two hard-hit outs and was turned around to hit from the right side for the first time in the game as the Bruins brought in a lefty to face him. On an 0-1 count, Bramasco hit a deep fly ball over the right fielder's head and out to the wall. The double would clear the bases and give UW a 6-5 lead. Nick Kresnack then singled in Bramasco for his second RBI in as many days to make it a 7-5 lead. 

From then on, it was the Dylan Lamb show at Jackie Robinson Stadium. He was unhittable in 3.2 innings of work and was crucial in bridging the gap from the starter Guerrero to the ninth inning. The only baserunner that Lamb allowed was when he hit a Bruin to start off the sixth inning. He promptly struck out two of the next three batters and in total would retire the next nine UCLA hitters in order.

In the bottom of the ninth, Davis Delorefice would issue a leadoff walk and then make way for Adam Bloebaum. The Bruins made things interesting, as an RBI double by their leadoff hitter made it a one-run game. Another single would give UCLA runners on first and third with one out and its three and four hitters due up. Bloebaum went deep into his bag and struck out both of them swinging to end the game and clinch the series. 

Washington goes for the sweep over No. 10 UCLA tomorrow at noon on the Pac-12 Networks. 
Husky Notes

  • With his sixth-inning triple, Braiden Ward has now reached base in 22-of-23 games this season. 
  • This is the first series win over a top-10 team since Washington won two-of-three against Stanford in May of 2018.
  • The 6-run six inning for UW was it's highest-scoring inning since 2/23/20 against Fresno State when it scored 7 in the ninth.