No. 22 UCLA Mounts Late Rally, Falls to CSUN
LOS ANGELES – A ninth-inning rally wasn't enough for the No. 22-ranked UCLA baseball team, as the Bruins fell to CSUN by a final score of 6-4 on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins trailed by six runs headed into the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with no outs. Jack Holman brought everybody home with a double to left center and Kenny Oyama later scored on a wild pitch, but the rally stalled with a popout to end the game.
Max Rajcic earned the start for the Bruins and pitched five innings of four-hit ball, giving up two earned runs and striking out three.
UCLA compiled nine hits on the day, with seven Bruins recording at least one knock. Kyle Karros and Oyama had two hits apiece.
Rajcic and CSUN starter Blake Sodersten exchanged 1-2-3 innings to open the ballgame. After another scoreless frame from Rajcic in the top half of the second, Karros picked up the Bruins' first hit with a single through the left side. UCLA couldn't ignite a rally and the game remained scoreless.
The Matadors went down in order in the top of the third before UCLA's first threat of the contest in the bottom half. Oyama reached on an error with two outs and proceeded to steal second and third. Cody Schrier walked and stole second, but the Bruins couldn't push either runner across.
CSUN got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth and went on to score in each of the next four innings to take a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Bruins broke through with the aforementioned four runs in the bottom half, but the late rally wasn't enough.
UCLA and CSUN play the final game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. PT. The contest will be streamed live on Pac-12 Plus.
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