Bruins Beat up Bakersfield

May 30 -- Behind a very solid pitching performance from James Kaprielian and timely hitting, UCLA notched its first win of the regional Friday night, beating Bakersfield for the right to play Maryland on the winners' side of the bracket Saturday night...

UCLA beat Bakersfield 7-2 Friday night behind a strong seven-inning outing from ace pitcher James Kaprielian. Kaprielian surrendered just two earned runs and five hits on the night.

Offensively, the Bruins were marked by a very patient, very timely approach at the plate. UCLA drew seven walks collectively, and Chris Keck drew three while seeing an astonishing 35 total pitches.

UCLA was helped by a certain amount of sloppiness on the part of Bakersfield. The Roadrunners had three errors, and a couple of other errors in judgment that helped UCLA score. UCLA was very effective bunting, at one point putting together a string of three successful bunts -- one that went for a hit, one that went for a throwing error on the Bakersfield pitcher, and one that successfully moved a runner over.

The Bruins will now face Maryland at 8 PM Saturday night, and the game will again be televised on ESPNU. If UCLA wins, the Bruins will need to win just one more game to earn a Super Regional berth.

UCLA's Press Conference after Bakersfield

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