UCLA Posts Impressive Rout Of Oregon StateColumns
LOS ANGELES — At this time last year, UCLA starting pitcher Zack Pettway was a scruffy-necked freshman who was holding down the Sunday starter role for the Bruins and just had this incredible sense of calmness to him. Through four starts he already had posted three wins and was emerging as a real star of the future for John Savage and his staff.
Fast forward 360-some odd days and not much has changed in that department as Pettway is still a hot arm to watch and still barely shows emotion good or bad, the only difference was that tonight’s 8-0 win over Oregon State was finally his first win of the 2019 season.
Yeah, it took a while, but boy howdy, what a first win it was for the unraveled sophomore. With expected Friday starter Ryan Garcia recovering from injury, Pettway stepped into the prestigious Friday role and never blinked, giving up just three hits and striking out eight while holding a potentially dangerous lineup like Oregon State’s to zero runs in his 7.0 innings of work.
On the other side of things, because Kevin Abel is sitting out his second straight weekend, Grant Gambrell got the start for the Beavers and gave up six runs on 10 hits. In his previous three starts this season Gambrell had given up 11 hits in 12.1 innings, so this was an impressive performance by the Bruin bats.
Good pitching. Much better swings. Timely hitting. Oh and zero errors. Tonight clearly belonged to the Boys of Westwood.
WHAT I SAW AT JACKIE ROBINSON STADIUM
Try to act surprised, it was high-quality pitching that was on full display here tonight as the Bruins put the squash on the defending national champs.