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Bruins Drop Doubleheader at Washington

May 7, 2022
Michael Curialle (photo: Jesus Ramirez)

SEATTLE – No. 8 UCLA dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Washington on Saturday, falling 7-1 in the opener before getting edged 5-4 in the nightcap.

With three hits in eight at-bats, graduate first baseman Jake Palmer was the Bruins' top offensive performer overall on Saturday. Sophomore center fielder Carson Yates went 3-4 in game two to pace the lineup.

UCLA dropped to 30-16 overall with a 14-9 mark in league play. Washington improved to 20-24, 10-16.

The Bruins will look to salvage the set with Sunday's finale, scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. PT first pitch on the Pac-12 Networks.

Game One Recap

The Bruins drew first blood, plating a run in the top of the first, but Washington rode four home runs to a 7-1 win in game one of the doubleheader.

Left fielder A.J. Guerrero and third baseman Michael Snyder had a pair of home runs apiece for the Huskies. Both hit solo home runs in the fifth to give Washington a 2-1 lead, and Snyder later hit a three-run roundtripper to make it 6-1.

Palmer (2-4) and Oyama (2-3) both had multi-hit efforts for the Bruins.

UCLA opened the scoring after loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the first on an error, single, and walk. Washington opted to trade a run for a double play on a grounder from the next batter, which plated Cody Schrier from third.

Sophomore righty Max Rajcic tossed seven innings for the Bruins, striking out eight. The reigning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week didn't walk a batter for the second consecutive start.

Jared Engman went seven innings without allowing an earned run to pick up the win for Washington.

Game Two Recap

The two teams traded four-spots in the middle innings, but a single run in the bottom of the sixth turned out to be decisive as Washington claimed a 5-4 victory in game two of the doubleheader.

The hosts took advantage of a UCLA error to put together a four-run rally in the third. Only two of the runs from that frame ended up being earned.

UCLA went through the entire lineup as part of a game-tying rally in the fifth. A pair of walks and a bloop single from Michael Curialle set the table for the rally, and the next four batters recorded an RBI in succession to knot the game back up.

Ethan Gourson brought in the first run with an opposite field base hit, two more runs came in on a hit-by-pitch and Kyle Karros sac fly, and then Yates hit an 0-2 pitch back up the middle for a game-tying RBI single.

Curialle helped keep the Bruins within a single run in the late innings, making a pair of spectacular throws to nail runners at home to end both the sixth and seventh innings.

The Bruins got the game-tying run into scoring position with two outs in the eighth, but couldn't come up with a clutch hit.