Kaprielian pitches UCLA past CSU Bakersfield 7-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Kaprielian threw seven strong innings, and Kevin Kramer had three hits and scored twice to lead No. 1 overall seed UCLA to a 7-2 victory over CSU Bakersfield in the Los Angeles Regional on Friday night.

Luke Persico and Christoph Bono had two hits and two RBIs apiece to help UCLA (43-14) into a winner’s bracket game against Maryland (40-21) on Saturday. CSU Bakersfield (36-23-1) will take on Mississippi in an elimination game.

Kaprielian (10-4), a possible first-round pick in the baseball draft next month, gave up two runs and five hits while striking out six.

Chance Gusbeth homered for Bakersfield (36-23-1), making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. James Barragan (7-5) gave up eight hits and four earned runs, but left after being struck in the right side by a line drive in the sixth. He was able to throw the batter out after being hit.