UCLA Ballplayers Thrive in Summer Leagues
Aug. 3, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Rising juniors Brett Krill and Rob Rasmussen have headlined a group of UCLA ballplayers excelling in summer baseball leagues. Rising senior Jordan Haver, rising sophomore Mitchell Beacom, redshirt freshmen Chase Brewer and Matt Mosher and incoming freshman Cody Keefer have also had strong summers.
Krill leads the Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) with a .311 batting average, having collected three home runs, 11 doubles, 18 RBI and 18 runs in 30 games. The resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., is playing his second season in the Northwoods League.
Rasmussen has gone 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings for the Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod League). He served as the starting pitcher for the East Division in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game at Fenway Park on July 23. Playing his second season for Orleans, Rasmussen has compiled 37 strikeouts and nine walks, limiting the opposition to a .184 batting average in five starts.
Haver has gone 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six games (five starts) for the Bellingham Bells (West Coast League). The right-hander from Long Beach, Calif., has totaled 19 strikeouts and 13 walks in 29.0 innings. Opponents are hitting Haver at a .274 clip in the West Coast League.
Beacom has excelled in relief for the Holyoke Blue Sox (New England Collegiate League), posting a 3.00 ERA and 1-0 record in 12 relief appearances. The 6-foot-8 left-hander from San Diego has recorded 19 strikeouts and four walks in 15.0 innings. Beacom has limited the opposition to a .250 clip and has yet to allow any extra-base hits through his first 12 outings.
Brewer has collected a 1.69 ERA and 2-1 record in five starts for Holyoke. After having redshirted UCLA's 2009 season, Brewer has limited the opposition to a .228 batting average, logging 11 strikeouts and 10 walks in 26.2 innings. He pitched one scoreless inning in the New England Collegiate League All-Star Game on July 18.
Mosher, who redshirted UCLA's 2009 season, batted .317 with five home runs, nine doubles, two triples, 29 RBI and 26 runs in 36 games for the Folsom Pioneers (West Coast League Tri-State). The 6-foot-5 first baseman from Menlo Park, Calif., registered a .395 on-base percentage and .540 slugging percentage.
Keefer has batted at a .290 clip in 33 games for the Wenatchee AppleSox (West Coast League). An incoming freshman outfielder from Davis, Calif., Keefer has totaled one home run, two triples, seven doubles, 15 RBI and 16 runs for Wenatchee. He ranks third on the Wenatchee ballclub in batting average (minimum 100 at-bats).
UCLA's baseball players return to campus when Fall Quarter opens Thursday, Sept. 24.