UCLA weekend recap: Baseball sweeps USC

UCLA secured its second Pac-12 sweep of the season this weekend by dominating rival USC at Dedeaux Field.

The Bruins (24-20, 13-8 Pac-12) finished the three-game sweep Saturday with a 13-0 drubbing, led by six RBIs from freshman Michael Toglia and five shutout innings from pitcher Jon Olsen. Olsen’s seven strikeouts were the second-most of the sophomore’s career.

USC’s only runs of the weekend came Friday, but were no match for UCLA’s Ryan Kreidler, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including two game-winning RBIs in the ninth inning.

Junior pitcher Griffin Canning shut down the Trojans (19-25, 6-15 Pac-12) in Thursday’s series opener with 10 strikeouts in a complete game as the Bruins won 2-0. The UCLA ace has thrown seven or more innings in five of his past six starts.

The Bruins hadn’t swept a Pac-12 opponent since the second weekend of the conference season when they beat Cal.

Elsewhere in UCLA athletics:

  • Softball took two of three from No. 3 Arizona at Easton Stadium on Senior Weekend. The No. 12 Bruins shut out the second-highest scoring team in the country in back-to-back games to start the series before Arizona avoided the sweep Sunday to clinch the Pac-12 title. The Wildcats had been shut out only once this season, a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Florida State in February. UCLA (39-12, 13-8 Pac-12) was the first team to mercy rule the Wildcats this year with an 8-0, five-inning win in Friday’s series opener. Rachel Garcia gave up only two hits in five innings in the circle while Bubba Nickles had three RBIs. Madeline Jelenicki led the Bruins in their 6-0 win Saturday with four RBIs as Selina Ta’amilo and Garcia gave up just six hits combined. Garcia struck out five in 2 2/3 innings pitched to earn the save after Ta’amilo earned her 13th win of the year. Arizona (48-7, 18-6 Pac-12) scored four runs in the first inning Sunday before winning 7-2 to close the series.
  • Christina Chenault, Kendall Gustafson and Monique Van placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the heptathlon at the Pac-12 Combined Event Championships. The trio of Bruins scored 12 team points for UCLA heading into the Pac-12 Championships from May 13-14 in Eugene, Ore.
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UCLA weekend wrap-up: Men’s tennis advances to Sweet 16

  • Men’s tennis is Sweet 16 bound as the Bruins cruised to two NCAA wins at home. The Bruins swept Weber State 4-0 in the first round, then did the same to San Diego in the second. The team faces Stanford in the Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla., at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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UCLA weekend wrap-up: Softball sweeps Arizona State

Here are weekend highlights from the UCLA athletics programs

  • Softball swept Arizona State at home, winning the first two games via walk-off home runs. Mysha Sataraka sealed an 8-6 win on Friday with a three-run homer, then Gabrielle Maurice hit another three-run shot to finish a comeback 6-5 win on Saturday. Madeline Jelenicki led the Bruins on Sunday with two home runs and five RBIs in a 9-4 victory.

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UCLA weekend wrap up: men’s tennis wins Pac-12 team tournament

Here are some highlights from around UCLA athletics from the weekend:

  • Men’s tennis won the Pac-12 team championship at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Cal in the final. The Bruins, who also won the regular-season conference title, are on a 15-match winning streak, stretching back to Feb. 14.


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UCLA weekend wrap up: Women’s golf wins PING/ASU Invitational

Here are some highlights from around UCLA athletics from the weekend:

  • Women’s golf, the top-ranked team in the nation, won the PING/ASU Invitational by six strokes. It was the team’s third straight victory in a stroke-play event. Junior Bronte Law, the nation’s top college player according to Golfweek, took the individual title with a 12-under 204, a tournament record.

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