What a weekend for UCLA Baseball. First they get a no-hitter, then they win the Pac-12 Championship after sweeping the Arizona Wildcats. Could this weekend get any better for UCLA Baseball? Well, at the expense of their crosstown rival, yes, but we will get into that soon enough.
The historical weekend started off on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium when the Bruins needed extra innings to take down Arizona in the first of the three game series. Through nine innings, UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian had a no-hitter and was replaced by David Berg who pitched a perfect inning in the top of the 10th that sealed the combo no-hitter for the Bruins.
In the bottom of the 10th, SS Kevin Kramer got a hit into center field which brought in CF Christoph Bono who was at third to scored the game-winning run as UCLA won, 1-0.
On Saturday, the Bruins had an easier time disposing of the Wildcats in a 6-0 mauling that saw Kramer, Ty Moore, Brett Stephens, Kort Peterson score with Luke Persico nabbing two of his own runs.
On Sunday, things got really interesting for UCLA Baseball. Arizona had scored two runs in the first three innings, threatening to leave Los Angeles with a win. But it was in the fifth and sixth inning that UCLA struck back as Kramer, Stephens and Justin Hazard scored one run each, topped off with two from Trent Chatterton.
The Wildcats added one more in the eighth, but it was not enough as the Bruins won the game 5-3, swept the series and won a share of the Pac-12 title at game’s end.
It would not be until the end of the Cal-USC game that UCLA would find out the final result of their championship status.
That is right, with USC losing, UCLA would be the lone Pac-12 Conference Champion.
It is times like these when the words of former UCLA football player Brett Hundley‘s words ring so true… “UCLA runs LA. Everyone knows that.”
Congratulations, UCLA Baseball!