The UCLA baseball season came to an abrupt halt in Game 3 of the Super Regional best-of-three series as Michigan outlast the Bruins, 4-2.
The season of destiny comes to an end. The UCLA baseball team failed to take their regular season success into the postseason and now find themselves on the outside looking in as the Bruins are out of the NCAA Tournament.
Despite a record 52 wins, 12 consecutive weeks ranked as the no.1 team in the nation, and another Pac-12 Championship, the UCLA Bruins will not be adding a national championship to their resume.
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Since the Bruins finished the regular season with 11 straight wins in a row, they have gone 5-3 in the postseason.
UCLA was quite impressive this year and would not be where they are at without the strength of their pitching. Unfortunately, it was their bats that seemed to lack energy heading into the tournament.
Last week, UCLA had a scare when they lost to LMU in Game 2 of the regional, putting them one loss away from elimination. Luckily, they were able to come back and win three straight games to advance.
This weekend started similarly as the Bruins looked listless at times and couldn’t get into a rhythm. Aside from that, they had several missed opportunities like stranding too many men on base and failing to swing on a full count.
Both teams attacked early as Michigan scored a run in the second followed by the Bruins scoring one run in both the second and third innings to give them the 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Ako Thomas once again came up big for the Wolverines as his single drove in two runs to give Michigan the lead, 3-2. They also added one more in the top of the ninth to make it 4-2.
That was pretty much it as UCLA was held scoreless in the remainder of the game. The Bruins had their best chance to make this a game in the bottom of the ninth when they had two players reach base and get in scoring position, but once again, UCLA could not bring these men home, ending the game and the season with a loss to Michigan.