Left-hander Grant Watson held the Cal Golden Bears to just two hits over eight innings and the UCLA Bruins beat the Golden Bears for the second straight night, taking a 3-1 decision at Evans Diamond on Saturday.
The only mistake Watson (3-1) made all night came in the second when Robbie Tenerowicz—who was just 3-for-28 on the season coming into the game—got into one and sent it over the wall in left-center for his first homer of the season to put the Golden Bears (10-7, 0-2 Pac-12 Conference) up 1-0.
The Bruins (11-7, 2-0) got the run back in the top of the third on an RBI single by Palo Alto High School graduate Christoph Bono, the son of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Bono.
In the top of the seventh, a tiring Kyle Porter (2-1) made his biggest mistake of the night. After walking Luke Persico to start the inning, Porter surrendered a two-run homer to Kevin Williams, his first of the season, to put the Bruins up 3-1.
Cal’s last chance to score came in the eighth when Chris Paul led off with a double to right-center, but Watson set down the next three hitters in order to strand the runner.
David Berg worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save for UCLA.
Porter allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings, striking out three. Dylan Nelson allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings and Ryan Mason struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth.
The teams wrap up the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.