LOS ANGELES – At this time last year, UCLA starting pitcher Zack Pettway was a scruffy-necked freshman who was holding down the Sunday starter role for the Bruins and just had this incredible sense of calmness to him. Through four starts he already had posted three wins and was emerging as a real star of the future for John Savage and his staff.
Fast forward 360-some odd days and not much has changed in that department as Pettway is still a hot arm to watch and still barely shows emotion good or bad, the only difference was that tonight’s 8-0 win over Oregon State was finally his first win of the 2019 season.
Yeah, it took a while, but boy howdy, what a first win it was for the unraveled sophomore. With expected Friday starter Ryan Garcia recovering from injury, Pettway stepped into the prestigious Friday role and never blinked, giving up just three hits and striking out eight while holding a potentially dangerous lineup like Oregon State’s to zero runs in his 7.0 innings of work.
On the other side of things, because Kevin Abel is sitting out his second straight weekend, Grant Gambrell got the start for the Beavers and gave up six runs on 10 hits. In his previous three starts this season Gambrell had given up 11 hits in 12.1 innings, so this was an impressive performance by the Bruin bats.
Good pitching. Much better swings. Timely hitting. Oh and zero errors. Tonight clearly belonged to the Boys of Westwood.
WHAT I SAW AT JACKIE ROBINSON STADIUM
Try to act surprised, it was high-quality pitching that was on full display here tonight as the Bruins put the squash on the defending national champs.
Ore. St. – 000 000 000 – 041
U.C.L.A – 012 010 40x – 8120
– George Mendazona, 3-for-3, double
– Adler Rutschman, 1-for-3
– Jack Stronach, 2-for-2, HR, 3RBI
– Michael Toglia, 2-for-4, RBI
– Kevin Kendall, 1-for-2, 2RBI
– Oregon State, 13-2-1, 0-1 Pac 12
– UCLA, 13-3, 1-0 Pac 12
HOW IT WENT DOWN:
Last week at Dodger Stadium, fresh off seeing his team make a galant come-from-behind win over USC, Bruin head coach John Savage was not real pleased with his team’s play the entire weekend. He said they seemed to lack focus and didn’t have the energy they’d been showing most of this season. Odd, especially when you consider that Sunday game was against their arch-rival Trojans so you’d figure they’d be sky high to play them.
He said his team didn’t take good swings and thought they could play a lot better, despite going 2-and-1 against the Trojans, Oklahoma State and Michigan.
Well you won’t hear that kind of talk from the Bruin head honcho this week. At least not tonight. This 8-0 beatdown was certainly unexpected, but also very impressive. Nobody blows out the defending national champs, right? Well they did. And their punchless bats came alive tonight, pounding out 12 hits
The Bruins didn’t take long to assert themselves tonight. …read more
Source:: Daily times