The Bruins improved to 12-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs lost for the second time in 24 hours, falling to 9-5.
UCLA sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer (3-0) dominated the activity. A freshman all-American last season, Bauer struck out 15, while allowing three hits and a pair of ninth-inning runs.
Bauer was lifted after an RBI-double by Ryan Collins broke up the shutout in the ninth inning.
The Bruins scored first in the home half of the first inning. UCLA stretched that lead by scoring four times on only one base hit in the sixth inning. A pair of critical MSU errors allowed a pair of unearned runs to come home in that at-bat.
Such an offensive inning would more than enough for Bauer. Dan Klein followed and was greeted by an RBI-single by Jet Butler. A follow-up walk brought the potential game-tying run to the plate but MSU could not close the deal.
The inability to score ruined a very strong outing by Bulldog freshman right-hander Chris Stratton. In his fourth start for the Maroon and White, Stratton (2-2) worked 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and five runs (three earned), with six strikeouts and three walks. Caleb Reed had another solid outing out of the MSU bullpen.
Stratton and Reed combined to strike out nine Bruins, while holding UCLA to six total hits - their lowest output of the season.
The Bulldogs finished with four hits. Connor Powers continued his early offensive assault with his ninth multi-hit game of the season. The Bulldogs first baseman has had nine hits in the squad’s last four games.
UCLA designated hitter Blair Dunlap joined Powers as the other multi-hit player in the contest.
The Bulldogs close tournament play with a 3 p.m. doubleheader against the host squad from Texas A&M-CC on Sunday. The first contest will be broadcast statewide on the Bulldog Sports Network, while the second game will be a local broadcast on WFCA-FM (107.9). Both games may be heard on Maroon to the Max.