Monday, 14 March 2016 15:33

UCLA Claims Third-Straight Series Win

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – No. 14 UCLA defeated the Texas Longhorns, 6-3, behind a five-run sixth inning on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win seals the Bruins’ third consecutive weekend series victory, taking two of the three games this weekend.

Down 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, UCLA rallied to bring 10 men to the plate and score five runs on five hits in the frame to sink the Longhorns.

The Bruins totaled nine hits on the afternoon led by Sean Bouchard (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and Luke Persico (2-for-3, 2 R, BB) who each notched a pair of hits.

Kyle Molnar (1-1) earned his first collegiate win, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts over five innings, while Brian Gadsby (4) collected the save. Receiving the loss for Texas was Jon Malmin (1-3) who surrendered three runs in the Bruins’ breakout sixth inning.

Texas (7-9) took the game’s first lead with a double-steal in the third inning. With runners at the corners, Travis Jones got caught in a run down between first and second, but Jake McKenzie broke for home and made it safely to the plate before Molnar’s throw reached the catcher to give the Longhorns a 1-0 lead.

Then, Patrick Mathis delivered a solo home run in the next inning to extend the Texas lead to two through four innings.

UCLA (8-7) finally broke through with five runs in the sixth inning to capture the lead for good. Brett Stephens singled, Eric Filia walked and Persico singled to load the bases with no outs. Then, a walk to Kort Peterson forced in a run and singles from Bouchard and Trent Chatterton brought in another three to put UCLA up two. The Bruins went on to add one more in the inning on a squeeze bunt from Brett Urabe and seized a 5-2 advantage over the Longhorns.

Another RBI-single from Bouchard added to the UCLA lead in the seventh, but Texas would answer with a run of their own in the eighth to cut the deficit back to three.

The Longhorns threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with one out. However, Gadsby closed the door for his fourth save of the season with a strikeout and fly-out to clinch the 6-3 victory.

UCLA will now begin Pac-12 Conference play next weekend when they host the Washington State Cougars for a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 18 at 4:00pm PT. Tickets for next weekend can be purchased by visiting ucalbruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Friday and Sunday’s games can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks, while all three games can be heard live on uclabruins.com.

Notes: Eric Filia has reached base in all 15 games this season…Kort Peterson led the offense, hitting .500 this weekend with two home runs, four runs and five RBI…Brian Gadsby struck out a career-high two batters…Kyle Molnar recorded his first career win…Head Coach John Savage is now just 10 wins away from 500 career wins as a head coach at the collegiate level.

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