Bullpen drags Texas down in loss to UCLA

Daniel Clay

Success, in show business and baseball, is hard to come by in Los Angeles.

The Longhorns proved that adage true on Sunday, dropping a 6-3 contest to No. 19 UCLA and losing the three-game series.

Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Bruins with clever baserunning and old-fashioned power.

In the third inning, sophomore Jake McKenzie stole home after sophomore Travis Jones baited the Bruins into a rundown between first and second. Then in the fourth, recently healed sophomore designated hitter Patrick Mathis launched his team leading third homerun of the season to put the Longhorns up 2-0 in the rubber game of the three game series.

But one big inning was all UCLA would need to counter.

Sophomore right-handed starter Connor Mayes was pulled with the score at 2-0 in the sixth inning after surrendering a leadoff single. Relievers, junior left-hander Jon Malmin and freshman right-hander Beau Ridgeway, erased Mayes’ efforts by surrendering six consecutive baserunners and a sacrifice bunt to hand the Bruins a 5-2 lead after six.

A UCLA insurance run in the seventh negated a Texas tally in the eighth, sealed the Bruin victory and handed the Longhorns another series loss.

Texas will take its 7-9 record to College Station on Tuesday for a 6:35 p.m. matchup against No. 3 Texas A&M.