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Baseball bounces back from rough weekend

That familiar feeling returned Tuesday afternoon.

Following three discouraging losses to Arizona State, the UCLA baseball team got back on track with a 5-1 win against Pepperdine in Malibu.

The Bruins (31-10) recorded 15 hits -- something they had not done since late-March -- and once again received fine pitching from senior right-hander Garett Claypool, who has evolved into one of the nation's top midweek starters. Claypool tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out five and surrendering just three hits to earn his team-leading seventh win of the year.

The victory does not necessarily erase UCLA's bad weekend -- which dropped them seven spots from No. 5 to No. 12 in the Baseball America poll -- but head coach John Savage says he believes it's a start.

"We’ve had a very good run and a very good team," Savage said. "We had a very difficult weekend, but we have to learn from it, move on and make sure we get better."