Bruins Drop Series Finale to Stanford
LOS ANGELES – No. 12 UCLA suffered an 11-0 loss to No. 11 Stanford in Saturday afternoon's rubber match at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The result represented the first series loss for the Bruins (24-11, 9-6 Pac-12) in over a month. Stanford improved to 20-11, 11-7.
The Cardinal was led by leadoff man Brock Jones, who went 3-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs, and third baseman Drew Bowser, who finished a triple short of the cycle while adding four RBIs.
Quinn Mathews tossed seven scoreless for the visitors to pick up the win, and Brandt Pancer went the rest of the way, allowing one hit.
Graduate first baseman Jake Palmer went 1-2 with a pair of walks to lead the Bruins offensively. Junior catcher Darius Perry added a double.
The Bruins had chances to score early off Mathews, but couldn't come up with a big hit with runners in scoring position. UCLA got runners on the corners with nobody out in the first and loaded the bases in the fifth, but Mathews was able to hold the Bruins off the board both times.
Freshman lefty Gage Jump drew the start for the Bruins and was solid, allowing just two earned runs over a career-high five innings. He also set a new career standard with seven strikeouts, fanning multiple batters in both the first and fourth frames.
Freshman right-hander Luke Jewett was a standout in relief for UCLA, going seven-up, seven down at the back end of the game.
UCLA will play its next four games on the road, starting on Tuesday evening with a 5:30 p.m. matchup at UC Santa Barbara.