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UCLA Records Senior Day Win Over Cal, 7-4

May 23, 2021
Photo: Don Liebig

LOS ANGELES – The No. 18-ranked UCLA baseball team closed its home schedule with a 7-4 win over Cal on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Bruins (32-18, 15-12 Pac-12) received standout offensive performances from junior third baseman Jake Moberg (2-4, three RBIs), redshirt junior second baseman Kevin Kendall (3-5, two runs), and senior left fielder Kyle Cuellar (3-5, two RBIs).

On the mound, junior righty Jesse Bergin earned the win after turning in five innings of two-run ball. UCLA relievers Adrian Chaidez and Max Rajcic tossed two innings apiece, combining to allow just two unearned runs.

The two teams traded runs in the first inning, but UCLA went ahead for good in the bottom of the second on a two-run homer from Moberg, who went the opposite way for his first career roundtripper.

Moberg came through again in his next AB, lining a full-count offering into the left-center gap for an RBI double.

The Bruins pulled away with three runs in the sixth, as Michael Curialle hit a deep drive to right that sliced away from the right fielder and off the wall for a two-run triple. He would go on to score moments later on a well-hit Cuellar single, his third base hit of the afternoon. That three spot gave the Bruins a five-run advantage.

Cal (28-24, 14-13) managed to plate a pair of unearned runs in the eighth to get within three, but freshman closer Max Rajcic kept them off the board the rest of the way to preserve the win.

The Golden Bears were led by Darren Baker's 3-3 day. Starter Grant Holman took the L for Cal after giving up four earned over 3 1/3 innings.

UCLA concludes the 2021 regular season next weekend, traveling to Arizona State for a three-game series starting on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.