Monday, 16 May 2016 13:09

UCLA Drops Series Finale to USC

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Savage J 350LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Bruins dropped the series finale to the USC Trojans, 9-0, on Sunday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With the loss, the Bruins and Trojans split the four games played this season, 2-2.

Kyle Molnar (5-5) got the loss for the Bruins after allowing a season-high tying five runs (four earned) on six hits over four innings. Mitch Hart (1-3) earned the win for the Trojans after throwing six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits.

The UCLA offense totaled just four hits on the night, led by Eric Filia (2-for-4, 3B) who notched his 16th multi-hit game of the season.

USC (23-25, 12-12) scored the game’s opening run in the second inning to jump out ahead of the Bruins. Brandon Perez delivered the Trojan run with a double to right center to put them up 1-0.

USC was then able to add three more runs in the next inning, assisted by a UCLA error. After Jeremy Martinez doubled in a run, Corey Dempster singled to center field where the ball skipped past Christoph Bono, allowing Dempster to reach third. AJ Ramirez followed with another single to plate Dempster and the Trojans led 4-0 after three innings.

The Trojans continued to add to the lead with another three runs in the fifth. Dempster, Ramirez and Adalberto Carillo each earned an RBI in the inning which saw USC extend its lead to seven over the Bruins.

UCLA (24-25, 11-13) struggled offensively all night and couldn’t solve the USC pitching which kept the Bruins off of the board. The Trojans went on to add two more runs in the final stretch of innings and eventually claimed the nine-run victory.

UCLA continues its home stand on Tuesday, May 17 when it hosts the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 6:00pm PT. Tickets can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/tickets or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Fans can also listen live at uclabruins.com.

Notes: Eric Filia has reached base in 46 of 49 games this season…Filia now ranks second on the team in multi-hit games...This marks the second year in a row that USC and UCLA split their four games...Kyle Molnar allowed a career-high tying five runs.

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