Bruins Blanked by Harvard in Middle Game
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA baseball team was limited to just one hit in a 5-0 loss to Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Left-hander Tim Williamson led the combined one-hitter for the Crimson (8-6), giving up just one single over six-plus frames. He added six strikeouts over the course of his outing.
The southpaw was lifted after plunking JonJon Vaughns to open the seventh, but from there Tanner Smith entered the game and rolled up a double play ball to extinguish a potential rally.
Closer Jay Driver followed with two innings of hit-free relief, striking out five of the seven batters he faced.
With the result, UCLA fell to 11-7.
Redshirt sophomore Tommy Beres was the lone Bruin to get into the hit column on Saturday, lining a base hit to shallow center with two outs in the fifth.
The Bruins weren't without their chances in the contest, getting an additional seven baserunners on over the course of the contest via walk or hit-by-pitch. However, UCLA was limited to an 0-6 line with runners in scoring position.
UCLA was led on the mound by a pair of lefty relievers. Freshman Ethan Flanagan was the first man out of the bullpen for the Bruins, fanning five batters and allowing just one earned run over 2 2/3 innings. Junior Jake Saum got the final four outs of the game, striking out three and allowing just one hit along the way.
Each of the first six batters in the Harvard lineup had at least one hit on Saturday, including a 3-4 performance from first baseman Will Jacobsen. The Crimson plated single runs in each of their first two offensive innings to establish a lead early, then added insurance on a Jacobsen RBI double in the fifth and two-run flare single from nine-hitter Hunter Baldwin in the eighth.
The Bruins and Crimson will play a Sunday rubber match to decide the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.