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Stanford Drops Regular-Season Finale, Tenth Straight

LOS ANGELES -  Stanford (20-32, 11-19 Pac-12) was unable to build any momentum headed into Tuesday's Pac-12 Baseball Tournament, dropping its 10th consecutive game after UCLA (19-33, 9-21 Pac-12) earned a 10-8 victory that clinched a series sweep of the Cardinal in the regular-season and Pac-12 finale on Saturday afternoon.

Just as it did all series, Stanford jumped out to an early lead only to see UCLA come from behind for victory. The Cardinal scored four runs in the first, two in the second, and one in the third to lead 7-3 after a third of the game.

Despite finishing in last place in the Pac-12 standings, UCLA continued to show fight on Senior Day, plating five runs in the fifth to take a lead and adding two more in the sixth to earn the win.

Stanford's four-run first inning was highlighted by an RBI-single from Charlie Saum and a two-RBI double from Temo Becerra.

The Cardinal took advantage of a pair of Bruin errors in the second, extending the lead to 6-0 through an inning and a half, but UCLA got the bats going to the tune of three runs in the second, cutting the deficit in half at 6-3.

Owen Cobb, who finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, punched back for the Cardinal in the third inning with a run-scoring two-bagger down the line in left field – pushing the tally to 7-3.

Freshman Ryan Speshyock pitched well in a no-decision for Stanford, allowing just three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over four innings.

With Speshyock now out of the game to start the fifth, UCLA got to Stanford's bullpen beginning with freshman Ben Reimers. The right-hander got one out while allowing three runs on two hits and a walk before handing the ball to Jaden Bruno. Bruno was tagged for two runs on two hits, including a go-ahead two-run home run from Carson Yates, as UCLA exploded for five runs in the fifth to take an 8-7 lead through five.

Contributing his second double of the day, Jimmy Nati brought the Cardinal back even with a line drive to left field that chased home Cort MacDonald in the sixth. MacDonald had previously reached on a one-out walk before stealing second to get into scoring position.

UCLA immediately broke the stalemate in the bottom of the sixth, taking the lead on an RBI-single from Cody Schrier and adding an insurance run on a wild pitch from Toran O'Harran.

O'Harran was ultimately charged with the loss and fell to 1-4, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts over two innings of work.

JonJon Vaughns, who started at designated hitter for UCLA, was credited with the win after recording two outs out of the bullpen in the sixth. Vaughns, honored prior to the game as part of Senior Day, improved to 2-1 on the season.

Justin Lee retired all seven batters he faced at the back end of the UCLA bullpen, including striking out four, to earn his first save of the season.

Stanford, the No. 8 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, will begin tournament play on Tuesday at 10 a.m.