The first pitch Sunday night between UCLA and Maryland marked the third game in 24 hours for the Bruins, but that didn’t seem to bother the Pac-12 power.
UCLA controlled the game from the start -- a contrast from Saturday’s matchup between the two teams -- on its way to a 4-2 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Bruin victory forces a decisive matchup Monday night between the two teams, with the winner advancing to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament.
Sunday night’s game began as Saturday’s did, with a UCLA run in the first inning. The Bruins would add another in the second on a Kevin Kramer single to put Maryland in an early hole.
One of Maryland’s biggest standouts in this regional, Lamonte Wade, went deep in the third inning for the team’s first run -- his second solo home run in as many nights.
UCLA would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, though, on a Kort Peterson single. Maryland answered in the fifth by manufacturing a run and scoring on a safety squeeze to make it 3-2.
Maryland had an opportunity to tie it in the sixth, but stranded a runner on third after he reached scoring position with one out.
UCLA broke the stalemate in the seventh when Ty Moore’s double off of Maryland reliever Alex Robinson put him in scoring position. On his steal attempt, a throw from Maryland catcher Kevin Martir got away from third baseman Jose Cuas, allowing Moore to score and make it 4-2.
Maryland threatened in the eighth inning against senior closer David Berg with two runners on, but was unable to convert that into runs. Berg would close it out in the ninth.
The decisive game between Maryland and UCLA is scheduled for 11 p.m. on Monday night.