For the third straight year, the Bruins will play the Lions in their first midweek game of the season.
They won the last two of those battles 5-0 and 10-1, but things are already off to a different start in 2021.
The Bruins went the entire 2019 and 2020 seasons without losing a regular-season series – a perfect 16-0.
Make it 0-1 to start 2021.
No. 2 UCLA baseball (1-2) dropped Sunday’s game and the series to San Francisco (2-1), losing the finale 8-3 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Jesse Bergin picked up right where he left off in 2020.
The junior right-hander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of No. 2 UCLA baseball’s (1-1) 8-2 victory over San Francisco (1-1) on Saturday, striking out six and only allowing three men on base.
Jaylen Clark hadn’t made a free throw in almost a month.
The freshman guard had attempted eight all season before Saturday night, but he was the one who went to the line with the game tied and 1.4 seconds left on the clock.
This post was updated Feb. 11 at 11:57 p.m.
The Bruins trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half Thursday night.
The game was getting out of hand, Cougar guard Isaac Bonton was putting up points in bunches and coach Mick Cronin was giving sophomore guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr.
When the Cougars and Huskies made the trip down to Pauley Pavilion in January, the Bruins were unblemished in conference play and sitting alone at the top of the standings.
Chip Kelly’s first three seasons in Westwood have been full of excuses.
Those excuses have been justifiable, but they are still excuses nonetheless.
The team wasn’t built of Kelly’s hand-picked recruits, the Pac-12 had evolved in his six-year absence since he coached up in Eugene, disgruntled players transferred out of the program in droves, injuries to key players disrupted position groups and a pandemic cost him a layup nonconference slate, among other things.
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