LOS ANGELES — In a big time Pac-12 conference matchup between the No. 12 UCLA Bruins and the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal, the Cardinal took the rubber match Sunday afternoon 7-2 for the series win at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
After UCLA (28-12, 12-9) took an early 2-0 lead, Stanford (28-11, 10-8) used a six-run fifth inning for the come-from-behind victory. Once it secured the lead, the Cardinal never relinquished thanks to five strong innings of relief from Sahil Bloom, who allowed only two hits enroute to his second win of the season.
After the game, we talked with the head coaches from both teams about the big series and about the potential impact of such a tough matchup.
UCLA head coach John Savage talked about how his team just couldn’t find the third out in the fifth inning as well as about the missed opportunities his offense had early in the game. Savage also discusses how his team has to respond to the tough series loss and what he expects from Big 10 leader Purdue when the Boilermakers visit next weekend:
Mark Marquess from Stanford discusses Bloom’s stellar relief appearance and what he expected to get out of Bloom Sunday. Marquess also talks about the strength of the Pac-12 conference and goes over the Cardinal’s opportunity to host a regional: