No. 9 UCLA Baseball Downs Cal Poly, 11-7, Pushing Win Streak to 18 Games
March 25, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 UCLA baseball team extended its win streak to a program-high 18 games, collecting 15 hits to defeat Cal Poly, 11-7, in the series opener on Thursday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sporting an 18-0 overall record, the Bruins are off to their best-start in school history.
Dunlap extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, collecting two doubles and scoring two runs. Keefer finished the night going 3-for-4 with two runs, and third baseman Dean Espy went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Right fielder Brett Krill scored a game-high three runs in a 1-for-3, one-RBI effort.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-0) picked up his team-leading sixth victory in his sixth start of the spring. Cole allowed three runs and two hits through five innings, recording seven strikeouts and issuing seven walks.
Cal Poly left-hander Kyle Anderson (1-3) was tagged with the loss as the Mustangs' starter, surrendering 11 runs and 12 hits in four innings. Anderson notched two strikeouts and walked two batters.
UCLA improved to 11-0 at home this season, striking for three runs in each of the first and third innings to secure a 6-0 advantage. The Bruins' three-run second inning featured a two-RBI single on a full count by Keefer and a run-scoring triple to center field by Espy.
The Bruins added five runs in the bottom of the fourth, securing an 11-0 cushion. With two runners aboard, Rahmatulla singled to right field, sending home Dunlap from second. After Krill drew a walk to load the bases, Keefer grounded a two-run single through the right side, putting the Bruins ahead 9-0. Espy followed with a run-scoring single and center fielder Chris Giovinazzo's groundout to first base plated Keefer from third.
Cal Poly scored three runs in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of one single, five walks and one sacrifice fly. The visiting Mustangs drew one two-out bases loaded walk by catcher Ross Brayton to score their third run of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Cal Poly added four runs to close its deficit to 11-7. After an RBI-single by second baseman Matt Jensen, the Mustangs received a three-RBI double to center by right fielder Mitch Haniger.
UCLA continues its series against Cal Poly on Friday evening. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Fans can listen live to an audio broadcast of Friday's game at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Cody Keefer and Blair Dunlap each registered their third three-hit game of the year ... Keefer's five RBI are the most in a single game by any Bruin this spring ... Brett Krill scored three runs in a game for the third time this season ... Gerrit Cole leads all Pac-10 pitchers with 57 strikeouts ... the Bruins own a 17-4 all-time advantage in the series against Cal Poly, dating back to 1955 ... Blair Dunlap's 13-game hit streak matches Cody Decker's 13-game streak from the 2009 season.