19th-ranked UCLA rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and won the series finale against Texas 6-3 on Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Bruins (8-7) won two out of three against the Longhorns, UCLA beat Texas Saturday night with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Texas (7-9) was 3-8 over its past three weekend series against Pac-12 teams. The Horns spilt a four-game series against Stanford in late February and were swept by California last weekend.
Texas pitcher Connor Mayes shutout the Bruins through five innings and held a two-run lead entering the sixth. UT’s Jake McKenzie stole home in the third while Travis Jones was caught in a rundown and Texas’ Patrick Mathis hit a solo homer in the fourth to give Texas a 2-0 edge. Mathis was 3 for 4 on Sunday.
Mayes was pulled after he gave up a leadoff single to open the sixth and threw two straight ball to the next batter. He held UCLA to three hits with three strikeouts and two walks through five innings.
Jon Malmin replaced Mayes and gave up a a walk and a single, loading the bases with no outs. The next at bat, Malmin walked in a run and was pulled. Beau Ridgeway took the mound and gave up a single to left field that scored two runs after an error by left fielder Travis Jones. The Bruins added two more runs on another RBI single and a sacrifice bunt.
UCLA pushed the lead to 6-2 with an RBI single in the seventh. UT’s Brady Harlan drove in a run in the eighth to cut the lead to three and Texas loaded the bases in the ninth with one out, but a strikeout by Michael Cantu and a ground out by Kody Clemens ended the threat. Texas stranded 12 runners on Sunday.
Next up for Texas is former Big 12 rival Texas A&M. The Longhorns will play the third-ranked Aggies on Tuesday in College Station at 6:35 p.m.
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