UCLA Travels for Top-25 Matchup at Stanford
No. 17 UCLA (16-9, 5-4 Pac-12) at No. 23 Stanford (17-5, 4-2)
Friday, Apr. 9, 2021 - 2:05 p.m. PT
Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021 - 2:05 p.m. PT
Sunday, Apr. 11, 2021 - 1:05 p.m. PT
Location: Stanford, Calif. (Sunken Diamond)
Stream: Pac-12 Now App / Stanford Live Stream
UCLA Travels North For Pac-12 Set at Stanford
No. 17 UCLA (16-9, 5-4) hits the road this weekend, traveling north for a three-game league set at No. 23 Stanford (17-5, 4-2). This weekend marks just the second time this season that the Bruins have left Southern California. All three games of the series are day games, starting on Friday (2:05 p.m.) and continuing Saturday (2:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1:05 p.m.). Stanford will provide live streams of every game. Fans can also follow along with live stats at GoStanford.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
Friday, Apr. 9 - 2:05 p.m. PT
UCLA - Zach Pettway, RHP, Sr. (0-1, 3.96 ERA)
STAN - Brendan Beck, RHP, Sr. (4-0, 3.63 ERA)
Saturday, Apr. 10 - 2:05 p.m. PT
UCLA - Jesse Bergin, RHP, Jr. (3-1, 3.03 ERA)
STAN - Quinn Mathews, LHP, So. (3-0, 3.19 ERA)
Sunday, Apr. 11 - 1:05 p.m. PT
UCLA - Sean Mullen, RHP, Jr. (5-1, 3.18 ERA)
STAN - Alex Williams, RHP, Jr. (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Week In Review
UCLA is coming off a series loss to Washington at home last weekend. The Bruins didn't have a midweek game scheduled this Tuesday, the second consecutive week without a Tuesday contest (Mar. 30 game against Pepperdine was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols in the Pepperdine program).
- UCLA absorbed an 8-6 loss on Thursday night in the series opener, allowing three runs in the top of the first and never making up that deficit. Trailing 7-1, the Bruins made it a one-run game with a five-spot in the eighth. Kevin Kendall looked like he might have a go-ahead knock, but Washington shortstop Ramon Bramasco was shaded up the middle allowing him to snag Kendall's liner for the third out.
- The Bruins had another comeback attempt fall just short in a 7-6 loss on Friday. UCLA had the game-tying run on third base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't drive him in. The Bruins led 5-1 after a five-spot in the fifth, but saw Washington immediately respond with six runs the next half-inning to re-take the lead. Noah Cardenas had the big swing of the five-spot, hitting UCLA's first grand slam since 2019.
- UCLA hit a season-high six home runs as part of a 13-2 win on Saturday to salvage the series. Matt McLain had a pair of homers to lead the charge, while Mikey Perez, Josh Hahn, Noah Cardenas, and JT Schwartz all went yard as well. The first five homers were of the two-run variety until Cardenas and Schwartz went back-to-back in the eighth. Sean Mullen (5.2 IP, 2 ER) was excellent in his first weekend start of the year while Kyle Mora (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and Max Rajcic (1-2-3 ninth) polished it off out of the bullpen.
In This Week's Polls
UCLA appeared in four of five national polls on Monday, ranking as high as No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball) and remaining top-25 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll (No. 17), NCBWA (No. 17), and D1Baseball (No. 21). This week's opponent, Stanford, is ranked as high as No. 23 (USA TODAY Coaches Poll).
The All-Time Series Against Stanford
UCLA is 153-202 all-time against the Cardinal, but has won three straight and four of the last five head-to-head series between the two. The Bruins are 23-22 against Stanford under head coach John Savage and have won their last three series at Sunken Diamond.
Last Time Out Against the Cardinal
This weekend marks the first series between UCLA and Stanford since Apr. 5-7, 2019 when the Bruins rallied from a dramatic Friday night loss to win two of three at Sunken Diamond. At the beginning of that series, UCLA was ranked No. 1 and Stanford was ranked No. 2 in the country. UCLA ultimately outscored Stanford 23-15 for the weekend. Key contributors from that series still on the UCLA roster include Kevin Kendall (4-9), Noah Cardenas (3-9), Zach Pettway (7.2 IP, 2 ER), and Jesse Bergin (2 IP, 0 H).
UCLA has produced double digits in the hit column in six of the last eight games. For the season, UCLA has had 10+ hits in 14 of 25 games (56%). The Bruins produced a season-high 17 hits in a 13-6 win over Loyola Marymount on Mar. 23.