No. 5 UCLA Baseball Loses Series Finale to No. 3 Arizona State, 12-3
May 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA baseball team lost to No. 3 Arizona State, 12-3, in the series finale before 1,921 Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First baseman Justin Uribe led the Bruins (30-10, 7-8) at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one double.
Arizona State (38-5, 14-4) belted three home runs to earn a three-game series sweep, collecting 17 hits against six UCLA pitchers. Second baseman Zack MacPhee and right fielder Kole Calhoun each hit their eighth home runs of the year, while third baseman Raoul Torrez belted his second homer of the spring. MacPhee went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs, while Torrez went 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run.
Right-hander Jake Borup (9-1) earned the victory, limiting the Bruins to two runs and five hits in six innings. Borup tallied four strikeouts and issued two walks.
UCLA left-hander Rob Rasmussen (6-2) absorbed the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in four innings. Rasmussen struck out six batters and issued one walk while surrendering three home runs.
The visiting Sun Devils led from the start, as MacPhee belted a two-run homer to left-center field on the second at-bat of the game, scoring leadoff hitter Drew Maggi, who began the game with a base-hit up the middle.
UCLA tied the ballgame, 2-2, with a two-run second inning. Uribe led off with a double to the right field wall, moved to third base on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. With left fielder Marc Navarro aboard third base, shortstop Niko Gallego bounced an RBI-groundout to shortstop, tying the game.
The Sun Devils claimed a 3-2 advantage on an RBI-single by first baseman Riccio Torrez in the top of the third. Torrez's base-hit escaped the reach of second baseman Rahmatulla, allowing catcher Jordan Swagerty to score.
Arizona State's advantage grew to 8-2 in the top of the fifth. The Sun Devils had a two-run homer to center field by third baseman Raoul Torrez in the fourth inning before adding three runs in the fifth. Calhoun belted a two-run homer to right-center field and Raoul Torrez had a two-out RBI-single.
The Sun Devils scored two more runs in the sixth inning, pushing their lead to 10-2. After drawing a leadoff walk, Maggi stole second and third base before scoring on a groundout. With two outs, Riccio Torrez doubled to right-center field before advancing home on a double inside the right-field line by center fielder Johnny Ruetigger.
Arizona State added two runs in the seventh before UCLA scored game's final run in the bottom of the ninth on a leadoff pinch-hit home run to right field by Chris Giovinazzo.
UCLA returns to action at Pepperdine on Tuesday, May 4. Game time at Eddy D. Field Stadium is 3 p.m. Fans can listen to the action for free, live at uclabruins.com, as UCLA's John Ramey will have the call from Pepperdine.
Game Notes: UCLA fell to 7-6 against top-25 ranked teams (as ranked by Baseball America) ... the Bruins were swept in a three-game home series for the first time since the final weekend of the 2005 season (by Washington) ... Chris Giovinazzo belted his second home run of the year in the ninth inning ... Blair Dunlap's 10-game hitting streak came to a halt ... Trevor Brown made his first career start at third base (second appearance at third base this season) ... UCLA has won three of its five Pac-10 series this spring.