Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:03

UCLA Loses Low-Scoring Battle with Pepperdine

Written by  UCLA Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins dropped a low-scoring battle to the Pepperdine Waves, 4-1, on Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The loss gives the Bruins and Waves a series split on the two games played this season.

Bruin reliever Jake Bird (1-4) received the loss after allowing a run on two hits in his one inning of work. Max Green (3-0) had 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to get the win for Pepperdine, while Ryan Wilson (6) tossed a scoreless ninth to get the save.

The Bruins totaled just four hits on the night, led by Kort Peterson (1-for-3, RBI) who drove in the lone run for UCLA.

UCLA (23-23) scored the game’s opening run in the second inning to take the lead on Pepperdine. Sean Bouchard led off the inning with a triple off of the wall in right center and Kort Peterson drove him home in the next at-bat with a single to center to deliver the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.

Pepperdine (23-20) bounced back with a run in the fourth to bring the count even at one. With two on and two out, Ben Rodriguez blooped a single to center to score the tying run for the Waves.

Each offense struggled throughout the night to generate much at the plate. However, the Waves finally broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth to jump ahead of the Bruins. With one out, Aaron Barnett laid a well-executed safety squeeze down the first base line to score the runner from third and give the Waves a one-run advantage.

Pepperdine then added two insurance runs in the ninth to bring the final score to 4-1 and seal the midweek loss for the Bruins.

UCLA jumps back into Pac-12 play this weekend as it hosts the USC Trojans for a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 13 at 7:00pm PT. Tickets for this weekend can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also watch all three games live on the Pac-12 Network or listen live at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Luke Persico extended his hit streak to 13 consecutive games…Daniel Rosica has reached base in 13 consecutive games…Jon Olsen set new single game career-highs in innings (3.1) and strikeouts (2)…Tonight marked Olsen’s first career home start…UCLA used a season-high nine pitchers in tonight’s game…Tonight marked the first game Eric Filia did not reach base in any fashion, reaching base in all 45 previous games (including two game where he reached via error).

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