WESTWOOD, Calif. — The NCAA defending champion Bruins can’t seem to catch a break. Losers of nine of its past 15 games and a sixth-place standing in the Pac-12 Conference have people wondering not if UCLA will defend its national championship, but if it will even get the chance to defend it.
At 23-19-1 and 10-9 in conference, the Bruins need to close the season strong with 13 games remaining. On the heels of being swept by cross-town rival USC, the Bruins traveled to nearby Santa Barbara to take on another suddenly-struggling team in the Gauchos. First pitch was at 3 p.m. PT and the game was called after 12 innings due to darkness, four and a half hours later. The Bruins used eight pitchers and the Gauchos used four, but neither team could break through after UCSB tied it up in the fifth inning.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central.