Monday, 21 March 2016 13:56

No. 14 UCLA Wins Fifth-Straight

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

Savage J 350LOS ANGELES – The No. 14 UCLA Bruins defeated the Washington State Cougars, 11-2, to win their fifth-straight game and clinch the series sweep. This marks the eighth consecutive victory for UCLA over Washington State and the seventh-straight series victory over the Cougars.

The Bruin offense was too much to handle for Washington State, racking up 11 runs on seven hits. Eric Filia (2-for-4, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the way, belting his second home run of the season. Luke Persico (3-for-4, 2 R) was also strong, racking up a season-high three hits.

The UCLA pitching was also spectacular, with freshman starter Kyle Molnar (2-1) earning the victory. Molnar went a career-high seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, while striking out a career-high 11 batters. The right-hander retired the last 13 batters he faced, including a stretch of eight-straight strikeouts.

On the other side, Parker McFadden (2-1) received the loss for the Cougars after allowing seven runs in his two innings of work.

Washington State (7-12, 0-3) got on the board first in today’s contest before the Bruins ran away with it. A two-out RBI-double from Patrick McGrath put the Cougars ahead by a run in the opening frame.

UCLA (11-7, 3-0) would waste no time responding, however, putting up three runs in the bottom half of the first. The Bruins manufactured runs via a bases loaded walk and two wild pitches to take a 3-1 lead.

UCLA then went on to produce seven runs over the next three innings to put the Cougars away. Brett Stephens drove in a run on a sacrifice-fly in the second and another sac-fly from Chatterton, along with a double-steal of home and a fielder’s choice brought in three more in the third. Then, in the fourth with two aboard, Filia launched a three-run home run onto the roof of the hitting facility in right field to give UCLA a 10-2 lead.

The Bruins went on to add one more in the sixth to make it a nine-run game, which was more than enough for the duo of Molnar and Moises Ceja to keep intact.

UCLA will now continue Pac-12 Conference play next weekend when they travel to play the Arizona Wildcats for a three-game series in Tucson. The series begins on Thursday, March 24 at 6:00pm PT and all three games can be heard live on uclabruins.com.

Notes: Eric Filia has now reached base in all 18 games this season…Brett Urabe has reached base in 15 consecutive games…Kyle Molnar set new single game career-highs with seven innings and 11 strikeouts…The UCLA pitching staff struck out 36 batters this weekend, averaging 12 strikeouts per game…The 18 strikeouts on Saturday were the most in a single game for UCLA since March 5, 2011 against Nebraska…Sean Bouchard led the team with a .364 average this weekend and seven RBI…UCLA has won a season-high five games in-a-row…UCLA has defeated Washington State in eight consecutive games…UCLA Head Coach John Savage is now seven wins away from reaching 500 career head coaching victories (UCLA and UC Irvine).

Read 367 times
Login to post comments