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UCLA baseball triumphs over Stanford, scoring 1st conference victory in a month

Junior shortstop Cody Schrier swings at a pitch at Jackie Robinson Stadium. (Aidan Sun/Daily Bruin)

By Mika McCaffrey

May 17, 2024 11:40 a.m.

Luke Jewett faced runners on first and second with nobody out in a one-run game.

The junior right-hander escaped the jam with one pitch – unscathed. Just after the ball left his right hand, it was sent back to the Ladera Ranch, California, local.

Jewett caught the lineout and tossed over to junior shortstop Cody Schrier, who doubled up the runner at second and tagged another from first – completing a triple-play.

The third-inning defensive display kept UCLA baseball (17-33, 7-21 Pac-12) in front en route to its 8-3 win over Stanford (20-30, 11-17) at home Thursday in the first game of its final series of the season.

After getting swept by Oregon State – which eliminated its chances of Pac-12 tournament contention – UCLA was able to gain its first conference victory since April 13.

Following a two-run first inning, Jewett held the Cardinal scoreless over the next six frames – the final four of which were hitless.

In addition to the triple play, Jewett induced a 6-4-3 double play with his 121st pitch of the day – setting a career high – to escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and ended the day with six strikeouts.

“He (Jewett) fought, and we really needed him to extend a little bit with the pitch count because of our bullpen situation,” said coach John Savage. “You just got to give him a lot of credit. I think he was the story tonight (Friday).”

Jewett has tossed at least seven innings in three of his last four starts, including two eight-inning starts against Cal State Fullerton and Stanford.

“I know one inning isn’t going to kill me,” Jewett said. “There’s nine innings in a game, and I have to compete the entire time, so I can’t dwell over one inning and have to keep going pitch to pitch, inning after inning.”

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bruins capitalized when down to the wire – scoring six of their eight runs via two two-out hits.

Schrier delivered a two-out hit of his own – a two-RBI double off the left field wall – to give UCLA a three-run lead it held to the rest of the way.

“We came in with a good game plan, put together good at-bats, and especially with two outs, … we set the tone in the first inning off the guy (Stanford right-hander Matt Scott), ” Schrier said.

Despite the win Thursday night, the Bruins remain at the bottom of the Pac-12. The current series against the Cardinal is the Bruins’ last chance to garner conference wins.

“I think the mindset is, ‘Let’s finish this thing the right way,’” Savage said. “Everybody’s disappointed, everybody is not happy where we’re at, but I thought today was actually … one of our complete games of the season.”

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