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UCLA Takes Cal Rubber Match, 6-3

Apr 24, 2022
Gage Jump (photo: Ashley Herman)

BERKELEY, Calif. – No. 13 UCLA clinched its series over California on Sunday afternoon with a 6-3 win at Evans Diamond.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Bruins (27-12, 11-7 Pac-12) scored six consecutive runs to take a strong lead after seven innings. Cal (19-20, 10-11) tacked on a two-run home run in the last of the ninth to finalize the scoring.

Junior left fielder Michael Curialle went 2-4 with a home run and a double to key the Bruins' offense. Kyle Karros and Cody Schrier both went 2-5 with a double, and sophomore center fielder Carson Yates added a solo home run.

UCLA starter Gage Jump finished one out short of qualifying for the win, but allowed just two hits and one run while striking out six over 4 2/3 innings.

The Bruin bullpen followed with 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball. UCLA relievers were unscored upon until Dylan Beavers hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth.

Senior southpaw Daniel Colwell tossed a 1-2-3 sixth to pick up the win. Freshman lefty Ethan Flanagan had the longest outing of any of UCLA's five relievers, giving up just a walk over 1 1/3 innings.

Cal went ahead with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, but Curialle made sure that lead didn't last long as he blasted a solo shot of his own to lead off the bottom of the second. UCLA would never trail the rest of the game.

The Bruins went ahead for good with a two-spot in the third, and Curialle was at the center of that rally as well, lining one off the wall in left-center for an RBI double.

Yates made it three straight scoring innings for the Bruins after going yard off the scoreboard in left-center in the fourth.

Cal walked the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, which allowed the Bruins to add two more to their tally. Schrier had the big hit of that inning, scorching a two-bagger to left to plate Yates.

Nathan Mortorella and Beavers homered to lead the hosts, but the rest of the team combined to go 0-23.

UCLA returns to action on Tuesday night, hosting UC Irvine for a midweek matchup starting at 6:00 p.m. PT.