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Karros, Schrier Hit Late Homers to Walk Off LMU, 5-4

Apr 5, 2022
Kyle Karros (photo: Jan Kim Lim)

LOS ANGELES – The No. 15-ranked UCLA baseball team pulled off a dramatic 5-4 win over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium, hitting a pair of late-game home runs to notch a walk-off victory.

With the win, UCLA (20-8) has now win six straight and nine of its last 10 games. In the last four games in a row, the Bruins have come back from at least two runs down to secure a one-run victory.

The Lions dropped to 9-18-1 with the loss.

Sophomore third baseman Kyle Karros and Cody Schrier played the late-game heroes after the Bruins were limited to just one run over the first eight innings of the contest.

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Karros tied the game up for UCLA with one swing of the bat after launching a high fly ball down the left field line and off the foul pole for a three-run home run. The blast scored Ethan Gourson and Jake Palmer, who had each reached earlier in the frame on walks.

Schrier ended the game for good two innings later, pouncing on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th and depositing it way over the wall in left field for a walk-off home run. It was his team-leading sixth roundtripper of the season.

Karros also opened the scoring for UCLA, driving a 3-2 offering the opposite way for an RBI single in the bottom of the first. His four RBIs on Tuesday night matched a career-high, with both efforts coming against the Lions (last: Apr. 13, 2021).

UCLA employed seven pitchers over the course of the contest, with the Bruins collectively posting a zero in 10 of their 11 defensive innings.

There were a number of individual standout efforts among the Bruins arms.

Redshirt sophomore righty Kelly Austin struck out three and allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings in a controlled start.

Senior southpaw Daniel Colwell followed by facing the minimum over two innings of work.

Elsewhere, junior right-hander Charles Harrison went four-up, four-down, and freshman left-hander Ethan Flanagan struck out a game-high five over 2 2/3 frames.

Redshirt freshman Chris Aldrich picked up his first career win after posting a 1-2-3 top of the 11th, quickly retiring the side on seven pitches.

LMU was led offensively by third baseman Diego Baqueiro, who had a two-run single as part of a four-run sixth. Starting pitcher Jimmy Galicia limited the Bruins to one run over five innings, and relievers Alex Burge and Merrick Baldo followed with a scoreless inning apiece.  

UCLA returns to action this weekend, traveling to Salt Lake for a three-game series at Utah starting on Friday at 5:00 p.m. PT. All three games of the set will be streamed live through