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UCLA 6, #8 UW 3
The Huskies also suffered their second straight series loss after winning 10 in a row. The loss likely knocked the Huskies out of consideration for hosting a regional in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Tyler Davis turned in another fine start on the mound for the Huskies, going eight plus innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits, while walking one and striking out three but ended up with a no-decision.
He took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, but after Brett Stephens led off with a ground single to left, the Huskies brought in closer Troy Rallings.
Trent Chatterton reached on an infield single and Ty Moore walked on four pitches to load the bases with none out. Trevor Dunlap relieved Rallings and got the first out, on a sacrifice fly to right by Shane Zeile, but on the play pinch runner Brett Urabe scored to make it 3-2 in favor of the home team.
Justin Hazard, who went 3 for 4 for the Bruins, then lined a single to left to score pinch runner Brian Carroll with the tying run. Persico came up next and lined an 0-1 pitch into the gap in left center field for a double to score Moore and put UCLA ahead 4-3.
With runners on at second and third Dunlap intentionally walked Christoph Bono to load the bases and set up a force at any base. the next batter, Pat Gallagher, struck out looking for a big second out but then Aaron Weimer lined a single to center to score Hazard and Persico with two valuable insurance runs.
By the time the inning ended the Bruins had batted around, sending 10 batters to the plate, and scored five runs on five hits. Ralllings (5-1) got the loss, blowing his first save in 10 chances, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk without retiring a batter.
Jake Ehret (1-0) got the win in relief, striking out the only batter he faced, Branden Berry, swinging in the eighth. All-American closer David Berg then set the Huskies down in order in the bottom of the ninth to record his second save in as many nights and 11th of the season.
The Huskies broke a scoreless streak of 29 and two thirds innings and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second against Bruin starter Grant Watson. With two outs Berry doubled off the wall in left center and scored on a line single to center by Chris Baker. the score became 2-0 in the bottom of the third. With one out, Andrew Ely grounded a single to center, Austin Rei singled and Trevor Mitsui got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brian Wolfe then drove in Ely with a sacrifice fly to center.
Washington capitalized on a error in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-0. Baker reached base on an infield single and stole second for his first career stolen base. Braden Bishop reached on an infield single to put Huskies at first and third. Ely then hit a grounder that second baseman Persico backhanded and attempted to shovel to Chatterton for the force on Bishop but instead he tossed the ball to himself for what could only go into the books as an error.
UCLA finally got on the board in the seventh and made it 3-1. With one out Moore grounded a double down the left field line and one out later scored on a line single to center by Hazard.
The two teams conclude the regular season on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. The pitching matchup will feature a pair of right handers, Jeff Brigham for the Huskies and Cody Poteet for the Bruins. Then the Huskies will find out their postseason destination at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 26.
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