The UCLA baseball team is no.1 in the nation for the seventh consecutive week. The Bruins had help staying at the top by another solid performance from pitcher Ryan Garcia.
You have most likely heard the phrase “can’t stop, won’t stop.” Well, that phrase epitomizes the UCLA baseball team who is still the no. 1 team in the nation.
The Bruins were able to stay atop the D1 Baseball standings after another series win which resulted in a sweep of Utah.
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The Bruins put the Utes to rest with a 5-0, a 6-1 and a 6-4 win over the weekend. It was also UCLA’s sixth Pac-12 conference series win of the season,
Currently, UCLA is 34-7 on the year with a conference record of 14-4. Though the Bruins are no. 1 in the country, they are third place in the Pac-12 behind Stanford (15-3) and Oregon State (17-4). For the record, UCLA already won their season series with both Stanford and Oregon State.
UCLA started their Utah series on Friday with another solid outing by pitcher Ryan Garcia who threw for a complete game and only allowing two hits. What is even more amazing is that Garcia struck out 14 Utes on his way to getting a 5-0 shutout. His performance landed him the honor of Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, his third of the season.
This honor is an incredible feat for a player that missed the first 12 games of the season with a flexor inflammation. For the season, Garcia is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.10 which is the 4th best in the nation.
On Saturday, John Ralston improved to 7-0 with his six-strikeout performance while Michael Townsend was credited for the win on Sunday, giving him his first recorded victory of the season
UCLA takes on Pepperdine tonight in Malibu before they began a three-game series at Arizona State (32-10, 13-8, 4th in the Pac-12) this weekend.