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Bruins Drop Middle Game to Arizona, 4-2

Mar 26, 2022
Kelly Austin (photo: Ross Turtteltaub)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Left-hander Garrett Irvin delivered 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball to lead No. 9 Arizona to a 4-2 win over UCLA on Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field.

Irvin limited the Bruins (14-8, 2-3 Pac-12) to just three hits over the course of his start, evening the series for his Wildcats (17-6, 6-2). He exited the game after a two-out walk to Ethan Gourson in the eighth, but righty Trevor Long finished off the final four outs of the game for Arizona.

Sophomore third baseman Daylen Reyes got UCLA on the board in the top of the eighth, punching a grounder through the right side of the infield to plate Gourson from second base.

UCLA threatened again in the ninth, getting the first three runners aboard via two walks and a Malakhi Knight base hit. JonJon Vaughns barreled one to right to bring in a run on a sac fly, but that's as close as the Bruins would get.

UCLA's best chances to score earlier in the game came in the sixth and seventh innings. The Bruins got the first two batters of the frame aboard in each of those frames, but Irvin bounced back to post a zero both times.

UCLA was led on the mound by redshirt sophomore right-hander Kelly Austin, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. The Newport Beach native retired the first seven batters he faced, and allowed just two hits – both singles – over the course of his outing.

Arizona put together the decisive rally of the game in the bottom of the first, plating three unearned runs to go ahead 3-0. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mac Bingham and Noah Turley recorded back-to-back singles to provide the entirety of the run production in that rally.

Sophomore righty Max Rajcic was tagged with the loss for UCLA, allowing four runs (just one of which was earned) over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters.

UCLA and Arizona will decide the series with a 12:00 p.m. PT rubber match on Sunday.