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Bruins Handle UCSB in Midweek Action, 14-4

Apr 19, 2022
Kyle Karros (photo: Ashley Herman)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – No. 13 UCLA scored in each of its first four offensive innings and posted five crooked numbers overall en route to a 14-4 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

It was the seventh consecutive midweek win for the Bruins (25-11), who reached the 20-hit plateau for the first time this season. UCSB dropped to 24-9.

UCLA had a number of offensive standouts on the night, as six different batters collected multiple hits.

Junior center fielder Michael Curialle (3-5, two RBIs) led the Bruins with a pair of home runs, the first Bruin this season to notch multiple roundtrippers in a single game.

Elsewhere, sophomore third baseman Kyle Karros went 4-6 to establish a career high in hits, graduate first baseman Jake Palmer finished a triple short of the cycle and scored three runs, and freshman DH Ethan Gourson doubled twice while scoring two runs and driving in a pair himself.

The Bruins took advantage of some iffy control from UCSB starter Nick Welch for a game-opening two-spot in the first, plating a pair on a bloop single from Reyes after having loaded the bases on two walks and an infield single.

UCLA put together another two-spot in the second, with runs coming in on solo homers from Curialle and Palmer, both to right field. It was Palmer's first roundtripper as a Bruin, and represented the first time UCLA hit multiple home runs in one inning since last season's contest in Santa Barbara (Apr. 16, 2021).

The Bruins put together a five-run rally with two outs to break open the game in the third. Schrier (triple), Gourson (double), and Karros (single) each had RBI knocks during the rally.  

A cool moment occurred in the sixth inning, as Schrier faced his brother (UCSB freshman right-hander Alex Schrier) for the first time in their college careers. After a called strike and a pitch wide of the zone, Cody lined one to the warning track in left for an inning-ending out.

Six Bruin pitchers combined to limit the Gauchos to just two four.

Redshirt sophomore Kelly Austin drew the start and picked up the win with two innings of one-run ball. He allowed a solo homer to the first batter he faced, but held the hosts off the board the rest of the way.

Later on, junior righty Charles Harrison tossed two innings of hit-free relief. He went three-up, three-down in the sixth, the first 1-2-3 frame for either team in the game.

In his first appearance since Mar. 27, freshman right-hander Alonzo Tredwell struck out the side in the seventh. Senior lefty Daniel Colwell followed with a 1-2-3 eighth.

UCLA returns to action this weekend, heading to the Bay Area for a three-game Pac-12 series at California starting on Friday night at 6:05 p.m. PT.