Bru­ins beat Tro­jans for se­ries win

Af­ter the teams split the first two games in front of large crowds, UCLA takes over.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Shot­gun Spratling sports@la­times.com

The coach­ing staff has had to tem­per ju­nior Ty Moore’s en­ergy at times in his UCLA base­ball ca­reer. But there was no con­tain­ing his en­thu­si­asm af­ter a big play in the sixth in­ning Sun­day that helped pro­pel the Bru­ins to an 8-3 victory and a se­ries win over crosstown ri­val USC in front of 1,828 fans at Dedeaux Field.

Af­ter hit­ting an RBI dou­ble to give No. 6 UCLA a 4-3 lead, Moore moved up to third base on a fly­out and was stand­ing with his foot on the bag when Kort Peter­son’s fly ball hit the glove of USC left fielder Bobby Sta­hel. Moore broke for home. Sta­hel came up throw­ing, de­liv­er­ing a dart to catcher Gar­rett Stubbs at the plate. Moore was hosed, but he slid in hard and low, up­end­ing Stubbs and jar­ring the ball free.

“I saw Stubbs had the ball be­fore I got there,” Moore said. “I gave it a hard, clean slide. Once I popped up, I saw the ball on the ground and pointed to the um­pire that I was safe. That kind of jump-started ev­ery­thing. Plays like that can re­ally swing mo­men­tum in your fa­vor.”

The fol­low­ing bat­ter, Dar­rell Miller Jr., hit a solo homer into the netting be­yond the left field fence to put UCLA (25-7, 12-3 in the Pac-12) up 5-2.

No. 8 USC (26-9, 8-4) opened the bot­tom half of the in­ning with a pair of hits that chased UCLA starter Grif­fin Can­ning (5-2), who had re­tired 12 straight prior to the sixth in­ning. The Tro­jans got a run back on a Jeremy Martinez sac­ri­fice fly. That was as close as they got; the UCLA bullpen trio of Tucker Forbes, Grant Dyer and David Berg did not al­low a hit in four innings.

The teams split the first two games, with 4,316 to­tal fans in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing a sell­out of 2,500 on Satur­day night. The Bru­ins won the opener Fri­day af­ter­noon, 9-3. USC bounced back with a 5-0 victory be­hind seven score­less innings from Kyle Twomey (6-1).

Sta­hel drove in three runs in the Satur­day game af­ter Dante Flores’ two-run dou­ble put USC ahead in the first in­ning. Sta­hel home­red in the first two games and ex­tended his hit streak to 17 games with a dou­ble on Sun­day.

With the se­ries win, UCLA re­mains atop the Pac-12 stand­ings, and USC is third be­hind Ari­zona State.

Shot­gun Spratling Los An­ge­les Times

A HARD SLIDE by UCLA out­fielder Ty Moore takes USC catcher Gar­rett Stubbs off his feet and knocks the ball free on a play at the plate in the sixth in­ning. The Bru­ins re­main atop the Pac-12; USC is third.

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