Oregon (27-28, 10-18 Pac-12) keeps it close with UCLA (46-8, 22-5 Pac-12) but ultimately fall late to the number one team in the country 4-2 Thursday night. Ducks pitcher Robert Ahlstrom got the start and went 7.1 innings and set a career high in strikeouts with 9. Ahlstrom was taken out in favor of junior pitcher Ryne Nelson, who didn’t have his best night, entering the 2-2 stalemate in the eighth inning only to allow a home run on his first pitch which UCLA first basemen hammered over the left field wall which gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Toglia’s home run was enough for the Bruins to see out the win and give undefeated pitcher Ryan Garcia his ninth win of the season; nonetheless, his impressive 1.30 ERA will go up just a few points to 1.42 as the Ducks put up two earned runs on the right-handed pitcher. There was a silver lining for the Ducks even in a loss as Oregon third baseman Spencer Steer became the all time (129) and single season (57) Oregon baseball RBI record holder with a double in the third.
Oregon looks to even the series and go back to .500 after falling behind that mark for the first time all year. Oregon will have their hands full, presumably facing one of the best pitchers in the country Jack Ralston (10-0, 2.17 ERA) tomorrow at 6pm.
Game Story – Kent Williams
Post game audio
Coach George Horton
3B Spencer Steer