Saturday, 14 May 2016 12:47

UCLA Falls to USC in Series Opener

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

UCLA Baseball 350LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins fell to the USC Trojans, 5-3, on Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium in front of a season-high 2,041 fans.

The Bruin offense belted two home runs, but eventually fell two runs short of a victory. Christoph Bono (1-for-4, HR, R, RBI) and Kort Peterson (1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI) supplied the long balls which accounted for two of UCLA’s seven hits on the evening.

Griffin Canning (5-6) got the loss for UCLA, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts over six innings of work. USC starter Joe Navilhon (5-3) earned the win, allowing three runs over eight innings and Marc Huberman (3) got the save with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

UCLA (23-24, 10-12) took the lead on USC in the second inning on the solo home run off of the bat of Bono. The Bruin centerfielder turned an 0-1 pitch around and sent it sailing over the fence in right field to give UCLA an early one-run lead.

USC (22-24, 11-11) came back to tie it in the fourth at one run apiece. With runners on the corners and one out, Adalberto Carrillo laid a suicide squeeze bunt down the first base line to plate the runner from third and even the count.

The Trojans then added runs in the fifth and sixth innings on RBI-singles from Corey Dempster and Angelo Armenta to jump out to a two-run lead, 3-1.

Then in the seventh, USC kept the scoring going with another two runs to extend its lead to four. The Trojans strung together five singles in a row to move station-to-station and move ahead of the Bruins, 5-1.

In the ninth, the Bruins clawed back with their second home run of the night to inch closer to USC. With one on and no outs, Peterson launched a ball over the hitting facility in right field for his third long ball of the season. However, UCLA couldn’t manufacture the runs they needed after that, eventually falling 5-3.

The Bruins and Trojans are back at it tomorrow at 7:00pm PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Tickets can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also watch the game live on Pac-12 Network or listen live at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Luke Persico extended his hit streak to 14 consecutive games…Daniel Rosica has now reached base in 14 consecutive games…Eric Filia has reached base in 44 of 47 games this season…Tonight marked the first game that UCLA has hit multiple home runs in this season…In two career outings against USC, Brian Gadsby has yet to allow a run, posting 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.

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