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Bruins Host Utah in Pac-12 Series

Apr 15, 2021
Kevin Kendall (photo: Suzi Mellano)

No. 25 (18-11, 6-6 Pac-12) vs. Utah (8-18, 4-8 Pac-12)
Friday, Apr. 16, 2021 - 6:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Apr. 17, 2021 - 2:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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

UCLA Hosts Utah in Pac-12 Series    
No. 25 UCLA (18-11, 6-6 Pac-12) wraps up a mini homestand this weekend with a three-game conference set against Utah (8-18, 4-8) starting on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. PT and continuing on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PT and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PT. All three games of the series will be live streamed on UCLABruins.com, with Tim Wilhelm on the call. Fans can also follow along with live stats at UCLAlivestats.com as well as live updates from the team Twitter account, @UCLABaseball

UCLA Outdoor Home Sporting Events Open to Team Guests Starting Apr. 16    
In compliance with state and county public health guidance, UCLA outdoor home sporting events will be open to a limited number of team guests, beginning Apr. 16. Seating at these events will be limited in order to comply with updated state public health guidance for higher education and college athletics that has been adopted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as well as city, county and campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Tickets will not be available to the general public, and non-ticketed guests should not come to the competition venues. The UCLA campus remains closed to the general public.

UCLA Baseball to Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Apr. 16    
UCLA Baseball will continue its annual tradition of celebrating the life and legacy of Bruin great, Jackie Robinson, this Friday night. The Bruins will wear hats featuring the iconic number 42, the number Jackie wore while breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Bruins will also participate in an in-game recognition for Jackie Robinson's heroic contributions to the game of baseball and our country as a whole.

Projected Pitching Matchups
Friday, Apr. 16 - 6:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Zach Pettway, RHP, Sr. (0-2, 4.55 ERA)
UTAH - Justin Kelly, RHP, RJr. (0-6, 6.70 ERA)
Saturday, Apr. 17 - 2:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Sean Mullen, RHP, Jr. (6-1, 2.68 ERA)
UTAH - Kyle Robeniol, LHP, Gr. (1-3, 6.67 ERA)
Sunday, Apr. 18 - 1:00 p.m. PT 
UCLA - Jesse Bergin, RHP, Jr. (3-2, 4.50 ERA)
UTAH - David Watson, RHP, RSo. (2-4, 4.73 ERA)

The Week In Review    
UCLA is coming off a series loss to Stanford on the road last weekend. The Bruins recovered with a 12-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday night at home.  

  • UCLA was dealt a 6-2 loss by Stanford in Friday's series opener. Zach Pettway had a season-high eight strikeouts in the contest and was solid other than a pair of two-run home runs. Matt McLain (2-4) had a solo homer in the the first to open the scoring, and Kyle Karros posted a career-high three hits. Stanford starter Brendan Beck settled down after McLain's homer, holding the Bruins to one run for the remainder of his start while striking out 10. 
  • Stanford clinched the series with an 11-6 Saturday win. The Cardinal scored six runs in the bottom of the first - stringing together five singles before Drew Bowser capped the inning with a three-run home run - and never looked back. The Bruins fought back after the first, outscoring the hosts 6-5 the rest of the way. Matt McLain (3-4), JT Schwartz (2-4), and Kyle Cuellar (2-4) all had multiple hits while Mikey Perez hit a no-doubt home run that made it a two-run game in the fourth. The Bruins used eight pitchers in the contest. 
  • The Bruins salvaged the series with a 6-1 triumph on Sunday. Perez hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to give UCLA the early lead, and Bruin pitchers held the Cardinal off the board until the ninth inning. Sean Mullen led the way with 6 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball and Michael Townsend followed with a five-up, five-down relief effort. Perez, Noah Cardenas, and Kyle Karros all finished with three hits in the contest, and McLain homered in the ninth.
  • UCLA used a complete team effort to defeat LMU on Tuesday night, 12-2. Kyle Karros led the way with a career-high four RBIs, every starter collected at least one hit, and the bullpen turned in 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. UCLA went ahead for good on a Pat Caulfield RBI single in the second, then pulled away with a five-spot in the third highlighted by a three-run Karros double. Karros later added his first career home run to cap the game's scoring. Daniel Colwell allowed just an infield single over 2 2/3 scoreless to earn the win, while Jack Filby, Adrian Chaidez, Charles Harrison, and Max Rajcic turned in a scoreless inning apiece. 

In This Week's Polls    
UCLA appeared in three of five major national polls on Monday, ranking as high as No. 23 (Collegiate Baseball) and remaining top-25 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll (No. 25). This week's opponents, LMU and Utah, are both unranked in all polls. 

Friendly Confines    
UCLA is 13-5 at home this year and has gone 92-31 (.748) at Jackie Robinson Stadium since the start of the 2017 season. The Bruins have won 19 of their last 21 regular season home series.

The All-Time Series Against Utah    
UCLA owns a 28-5 all-time record against Utah, including a 21-3 mark since the Utes joined the Pac-12 Conference before the 2012 season. UCLA has won seven of eight series over Utah since 2012. The Bruins have swept all four home series against Utah in that time, and enter the weekend with a 10-game winning streak over the Utes. 

Last Time Out Against the Utes    
The Bruins picked up a weekend sweep in their last matchup against Utah, a home series from Apr. 26-28, 2019. UCLA outscored Utah 17-5 for the weekend, outhitting them .299 to .133 in the process. Key contributors from that series still on the Bruin roster include Noah Cardenas (2-7, RBI) and Jesse Bergin (4.2 IP, 2 ER). 

Karros Collecting Hits    
Freshman third baseman Kyle Karros has been on a tear over the past week, going 8-15 (.533) with five RBIs. He posted a career-high three hits in both the Friday and Sunday games of the Stanford series, then had a career-high four RBIs on Tuesday against LMU as part of a 2-5 day. Karros added his first collegiate home run in the LMU contest. Overall, he's reached in five straight and has hits in four of his last five games. Karros has raised his batting average 50 points (.195 to .245) in the past five games. 

Seeing Double
UCLA has produced double digits in the hit column in nine of the last 12 games. For the season, UCLA has had 10+ hits in 17 of 29 games (59%). The Bruins produced a season-high 17 hits in a 13-6 win over Loyola Marymount on Mar. 23.