No. 3 UCLA Baseball Drops 6-1 Decision to Cal State Fullerton
April 6, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA baseball team fell to Cal State Fullerton, 6-1, on Tuesday evening before 1,517 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (23-2) absorbed their second loss in 25 games, as Cal State Fullerton (16-11) claimed a 5-0 advantage in the first inning and never looked back.
The visiting Titans belted three home runs and pounded out two doubles in the first inning to lead 5-0. Cal State Fullerton received round-trippers in the opening frame from designated hitter Carlos Lopez (2-for-4, two RBI), second baseman Corey Jones (1-for-3) and first baseman Nick Ramirez (1-for-4, two RBI).
Designated hitter Blair Dunlap led UCLA at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two doubles. The Bruins totaled five hits at the plate, as left fielder Cody Keefer and second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla each went 1-for-4. Catcher Steve Rodriguez went 1-for-3 and scored the Bruins' lone run.
Cal State Fullerton right-hander Dylan Floro (1-0) picked up the victory in relief, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings. Floro scattered two hits and struck out three batters in relief of starting pitcher Kevin Rath, who allowed one run and two hits in 4.1 innings.
Bruin right-hander Garett Claypool (3-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) and five hits in five innings. Claypool allowed five runs and five hits in the first inning, before retiring nine of the next 10 batters.
Cal State Fullerton jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, using three homers and two doubles. After leading off the ballgame with a double, shortstop Christian Colon scored on a two-run homer by Lopez. Jones belted a solo homer to right field and first baseman Nick Ramirez followed with a two-run blast to the same location.
The Bruins scored one run in the bottom of the fifth. Rodriguez doubled to left field, advanced to second base on a passed ball and scored from third on a wild pitch as left fielder Cody Keefer drew a walk.
The Titans added one run in the sixth inning to lead, 6-1. Right fielder Tyler Pill opened the frame with a walk, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single to right by third baseman Joey Siddons.
UCLA hits the road this weekend, playing a three-game Pac-10 series at No. 17 Oregon State. Friday's game at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., is slated for 5:30 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: Tuesday's loss to Cal State Fullerton marked the Bruins' first non-conference loss of the season - UCLA had won its first 21 non-conference games... Blair Dunlap hit two doubles, pushing his team-leading doubles total to 14 - Dunlap has registered 42 career doubles, three shy of UCLA's career top-10 list (Brandon Crawford and Peter Zamora each totaled 44) ... two relief pitchers in UCLA's bullpen limited Cal State Fullerton to two hits through four scoreless innings (Erik Goeddel, 0.2 IP; Mitchell Beacom, 3.1 IP).