The Bruin dugout explodes after Ryan Kreidler's eighth-inning grand slam.

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Bruins Batter Beck, Stanford

At The Ballpark

LOS ANGELES — Man, it’s tough to be at the top of the mountain. Especially in the rough-and-tumble Pac 12. Just ask Oregon State. Last week the then No. 1-ranked Beavers took to the road and played a three-game series at woebegone Utah. Anybody with two brain cells to rub together would’ve guess a Beavers sweep or at least a series win.

Nope.

Instead, the Utes stunned the top-ranked Orange and Black and knocked their conference cohorts out of the catbird seat and down to No. 4 when the new rankings came out.

Tonight, there was more upheaval. The second-ranked Stanford Cardinal came down to UCLA with a 5-1 Pac 12 mark and a sure-shot MLB pitcher-to-be on the mound. Yet here they were three hours and five minutes later picking up the pieces of their shot-down ego. UCLA stuck a dagger in the Card with a late-game grand slam and a decent-enough performance from Friday ace Jake Bird to post an 8-4 win in this Top 20 lidlifter.

Judging by this Friday night upset, it’s gonna be an interesting weekend in the Pac-12.


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