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UCLA baseball maintains Pac-12 lead with series win at Arizona State
UCLA baseball maintains Pac-12 lead with series win at Arizona State

Arizona State had to have something new on Sunday, with UCLA having already won the weekend series at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, assuring that the Bruins would remain in first place in the Pac-12 baseball standings. UCLA had done it in dominant and deflating fashion, winning the series opener, 9-0, and taking a drama-filled, 17-inning marathon that lasted deep into Saturday night. So junior starting pitcher Brett Lilek decided to break out a new pitch -- one he hadn't used since early in his freshman season. Facing the Bruins' left-handed-heavy lineup, the southpaw began throwing a slow, looping curveball, particularly early in the count. It worked. Lilek allowed just three...

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