Friday, April 3

Baseball salvages series against Cougars with Sunday blowout win

The Bruins were one game away from being swept for the first time in conference play this season. Then the bats came alive. After losing back-to-back games against Washington State (24-23, 10-14 Pac-12) on Friday and Saturday by scores of 7-1 and 7-3, UCLA baseball (25-23, 14-10) trounced the Cougars 12-2 on Sunday to avoid a four-game losing streak. Read more...

Photo: Junior first baseman Sean Bouchard hit his team-leading ninth homer of the season against Washington State on Sunday as part of a 12-2, series-salvaging win for UCLA baseball. (Laura Uzes/Daily Bruin)

Baseball aims to improve RPI in road matchup with Cal State Fullerton

UCLA baseball is in the middle of a seven-game road stretch. But at this point in the season, that’s a good thing. “RPI-wise it’s what we want,” said coach John Savage. Read more...

Photo: Coach John Savage will call on sophomore lefty Justin Hooper to start Tuesday’s game. Savage said Hooper was inconsistent last time out, when he gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Baseball shuts out USC to complete series sweep

UCLA baseball brought out the brooms against its crosstown rival Saturday. The Bruins tallied hit after hit, took advantage of the Trojans’ defensive blunders and didn’t commit any fielding errors despite the high winds blowing into Dedeaux Field. Read more...

Photo: Freshman infielder Michael Toglia knocked in six runs Saturday evening, three of which were from a three-run home run in the UCLA baseball team’s series finale against USC. The Bruins swept the Trojans with two close wins and a 13-0 shutout over the weekend. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Nick Kern overcomes months of illness to return to UCLA baseball

Nick Kern, frail and dejected, sat up in his bed. It was April 2016 and Kern was a familiar patient at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Read more...

Photo: Nick Kern endured six surgeries and more than 50 days of hospitalization to return to the sport he loves. The redshirt senior has appeared in 13 games this year – starting six of them – and his only home run this season was a pinch-hit game-tying two run blast in the ninth inning against No. 1 Oregon State. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Baseball survives late Cal Poly rally to close out series victory

The series almost slipped away. Scott Burke didn’t let it. Coach John Savage called on the senior closer to record a five-out save in the eighth inning Sunday as UCLA clung to a 5-4 lead against Cal Poly. Read more...

Photo: The closer’s job has changed hands a few times this season, but it was all Scott Burke’s on Sunday. The senior recorded five outs Sunday to pick up his third save of the year. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Baseball seeks to defeat Long Beach State, improve NCAA standing

UCLA baseball’s NCAA Tournament standing is on the rise. The team’s RPI increased 10 spots to No. 57 after taking a win from No. 1 Oregon State over the weekend, and they currently sit in third place in the Pac-12. Read more...

Photo: Last time out, sophomore Justin Hooper allowed just one unearned run and tied his season high in innings pitched with five. The lefty will start on Tuesday against No. 11 Long Beach State. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

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