No. 19 UCLA Baseball Registers 13-1 Victory Over Nebraska in Game One
March 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Gerrit Cole (3-0) struck out nine batters, allowing one run and two hits, through seven innings to lead the No. 19 UCLA baseball team past Nebraska, 13-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins pounded out 17 hits on offense before earning their seventh consecutive win to open the season. UCLA last went 7-0 in 1997, the last season in which the Bruins advanced to the College World Series.
First baseman Justin Uribe went 3-for-5 with one home run, one double and three RBI, and second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla went 3-for-4 with one double and one walk to lead UCLA's offense. Right fielder Brett Krill (2-for-3) and Rahmatulla each led the Bruins with three runs.
Right-hander Sean Yost (1-1) absorbed the loss for Nebraska. Yost surrendered five runs and five hits through 1.1 innings as the Cornhuskers' starting pitcher.
UCLA raced to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. A two-out RBI single by left fielder Cody Keefer scored designated hitter Blair Dunlap and Rahmatulla. After Krill drew a four-pitch walk, shortstop Niko Gallego grounded a run-scoring single through the right side, sending home Keefer, and third baseman Dean Espy plated Krill on a groundball fielder's choice to shortstop.
The Bruins extended their lead to 7-0 with two runs in the second inning and another in the third. Dunlap reached in the bottom of the second on a one-out triple to center field and scored on a single through the left side by Rahmatulla. Uribe belted a double to the gap in right-center, scoring Rahmatulla from first base. In the third inning, a run-scoring groundout by catcher Steve Rodriguez pushed home Gallego from third.
Nebraska got on the board with a lead solo home run by right fielder Adam Bailey in the fourth inning.
UCLA added five runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure a commanding 12-1 advantage. After a double by Rahmatulla, Uribe belted a two-run homer, his first round-tripper of the season. Krill and Gallego followed with consecutive doubles to right field, allowing Krill to score the Bruins' 10th run. Rodriguez scored Gallego with a two-run blast to right field, his Pac-10-leading fifth home run to the year.
The Bruins play the second contest of their Friday doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Fans unable to attend the evening portion of the doubleheader can listen live at uclabruins.com or follow pitch-by-pitch action on GameTracker, run through uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: UCLA last opened a season 7-0 in 1997 - that spring the Bruins began the year 8-0-1 through the first nine games...with a 3-0 record, Gerrit Cole becomes the first Bruin pitcher to earn victories in each of his first three starts since 2004 (Casey Janssen)...Friday's game one contest marked the first meeting between UCLA and Nebraska since March 13, 2004, in an Aztec Invitational game played at Petco Park in San Diego...left-hander Matt Drummond and right-hander Garett Claypool each threw one scoreless inning in relief of Gerrit Cole.