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UCLA pitchers come through again in 1-0 victory over Oregon

UCLA closer David Berg, shown during a game last season, worked 1 1/3 innings Saturday against Oregon to earn his 10th save.
(Don Liebig / / UCLA)

UCLA baseball Coach John Savage is known for his ability to develop top pitchers, and his staff is having quite a Pac-12 Conference series in Eugene, Ore., this weekend.

For the second consecutive game Saturday night, the Bruins defeated Oregon, 1-0. That’s 18 consecutive scoreless innings against the Ducks and, once again, it was closer David Berg coming through.

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Berg picked up his 10th save by pitching 1 1/3 innings. He also threw two scoreless innings on Friday night for his ninth save.

Before Saturday night, the earned-run average for UCLA pitchers was 2.54. Starter Nick Vander Tuig (6-3) went seven innings Saturday. Zack Weiss got two outs in the eighth before Berg came in. UCLA is 9-0 in one-run games this season. The three pitchers held Oregon to three hits. It was Savage’s 300th coaching victory at UCLA.

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The only run scored on Saturday was an unearned run in the first inning. Freshman left-hander Cole Irvin, an Anaheim Servite High graduate, threw a complete game for Oregon, giving up six hits.

UCLA (25-10, 9-5) is battling for the Pac-12 lead with Oregon State (29-8, 10-4) and Oregon (28-10, 12-5).

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