Culver City Observer -

By Steve Finley
Sports Reporter 

UCLA Sports' Takes Center Stage This Weekend

 

April 19, 2018

George Laase

UCLA Bruin senior pitcher, Selina Ta'amilo is 9-2, has pitched 62.1 innings and has struck out 39 batters while holding the opposition to a .243 batting average. The Bruins battle the No. 1 Washington Huskies at home this weekend starting with a game on Friday at 5 p.m. The game on Saturday will start at 1 p.m. and the game on Sunday will begin at 3 p.m. The No. 4 Bruins are 37-3 overall and 12-3 in the Pac-12.

If you are a college sports fan UCLA is the place to be this weekend. The baseball, football and softball teams will all be in action at home starting Friday and continuing through Sunday. The baseball team will face cross-town rival USC, the football team will play their Spring Game and the softball team will battle Washington.

The baseball team will start their three game series against USC on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. They have a 4 p.m. game against the Trojans on Saturday and Sunday they finish the series at 12 p.m. The Bruins are 22-9 overall and 11-4 in the Pac-12 conference.

Currently the Bruins have four players that are hitting .300 and above. Leading the way at the plate for UCLA are Jeremy Ydens at .372. Michael Togila is batting .319, Chase Strumpf is hitting .316 and Daniel Amaral is batting .300. On the pitchers' mound the Bruins are led by Zack Pettway who has a record of 5-1, Ryan Garcia is 3-0 and Kyle Mora is 3-1.

The football team will play its annual Spring Game inside Drake Stadium at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This will be the first Spring Game for new UCLA coach Chip Kelly. His fast pace up tempo offense will be on display. Leading that offense will be quarterbacks Devon Modster and Matt Lynch. The quarterbacks will be handing the ball off to running backs Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi. Right now their top wide receiver is Theo Howard.

When Kelly took over the program he said he wanted bigger and faster players to play like his teams at Oregon. A few years ago the Ducks won Pac-12 conference championships and appeared in several Rose Bowls.

The UCLA softball team is the No. 4 ranked program in the nation and this weekend they will battle the No. 1 team in the nation, the Washington Huskies at Easton Stadium on the UCLA campus. The first game of the three game series will be played on Friday at 5 p.m. Game number two is Saturday at 1 p.m. and game number three is Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Bruins are 37-3 overall and 12-3 in Pac-12 play. Washington is 41-2 and 12-2. The Bruins rely on the pitching and hitting of Rachel Garcia, and the pitching of Selina Ta'amilo. The Bruins other offensive stars are Kylee Perez, Aaliyah Jordan, Bubba Nickles and Kinsley Washington.

 

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