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

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).

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