Los Angeles native Elliott Barzilli was 3 for 4, including a two-run double in the sixth inning to give No. 3-ranked TCU a 3-1 victory over No. 6 UCLA in the second of three games in the Dodger Classic in Los Angeles.
TCU (9-2) will play No. 4 Vanderbilt in the final game of the Classic at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
TCU starter Alex Young (3-0) gave up a run on three hits in eight innings. Only one of those hits left the infield. Young struck out nine and did not give up a hit after Brett Urabe’s bunt single to leadoff the third. Riley Ferrell pitched around a leadoff single the ninth for his fourth save.
UCLA (11-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning, but TCU freshman Evan Skoug tied the game with a two-out, RBI double in the fourth inning that scored Keaton Jones, who walked and stole second before scoring on Skoug’s drive that one-hopped the fence in left.
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Cody Jones, who went 2 for 4, led off the sixth with a single to right and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by ones. With two outs, UCLA appeared to be out of the inning when Skoug grounded back to the pitcher, but catcher’s interference was called against Darrell Miller Jr., putting runners on first and second. Barzilli then laced a two-run double to left to give TCU the lead.
UCLA starter Grant Watson (2-1) gave up three runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings, but the Bruins’ offense sputtered, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
UCLA was coming off a 6-0 loss to Vanderbilt (11-2) on Friday night. TCU lost to Southern Cal 7-6 in 12 innings Friday.