LOS ANGELES – UCLA evened its three game Pac-12 Conference series, Saturday with a 4-2 victory over visiting Washington State. The rubber game of the series will take place, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
The 14th-ranked Bruins (13-8, 4-1 Pac-12) jumped on Washington State (9-10, 3-2) starter Joe Pistorese (1-1) for three runs on four hits in the first inning.
The Cougars answered with a run in the second against UCLA starter Grant Watson (4-1). P.J. Jones singled with out and advanced to third on the play via an error. Jones scored on a ground out by Patrick McGrath.
UCLA increased its lead to 4-1 with a run in the second on a pair of singles sandwiched around a sacrifice. Pistorese shut the Bruins down the rest of the way in tossing a complete game.
In the fourth, Collin Slaybaugh and Nick Tanielu singled to open the inning. After Yale Rosen moved the runners up with a sacrifice, Jones walked to load the bases. McGrath plated a run with a single, but Watson induced a force out off the bat of Luke Stratman and struck out Cameron Frost to prevent further damage. The Bruins’ hurler went eight innings for the victory and David Berg pitched the ninth for his sixth save.