No. 12 UCLA Baseball Sweeps Washington With 7-6 Victory
May 9, 2010
SEATTLE - Left-hander Rob Rasmussen allowed one run and five hits through 6.2 innings to earn his seventh victory and lead the No. 12 UCLA baseball team past Washington, 7-6, at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins (34-10, 10-8) swept Washington (25-22, 8-10) for the second consecutive season.
Rasmussen (7-2) recorded four strikeouts and one walk, allowing just two baserunners through the first four innings. The southpaw from Arcadia, Calif., moved into a four-way tie for the team lead with seven wins.
UCLA pounded out 13 hits, earning its eighth consecutive victory against Washington and fifth straight win in Seattle. The Bruins were led at the plate by designated hitter Blair Dunlap, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run. Dean Espy went 2-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Right fielder Brett Krill and first baseman Justin Uribe each went 2-for-2.
Center fielder Beau Amaral extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games, going 1-for-5 with one run.
Washington right-hander Forrest Snow (4-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs and five hits in 1.2 innings. Snow walked three batters and struck out two before being replaced in the top of the second inning.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Amaral and Dunlap opened the game with base-hits to left field. After Uribe reached on an infield single, loading the bases, Amaral scored from third base on a wild pitch.
The Bruins added one pair of runs in the second, claiming a 3-0 cushion. After drawing a leadoff walk, right fielder Jeff Gelalich stole second base, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Dunlap's base-hit to right field. Dunlap raced to third base on an ensuing single by second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla before scoring on a wild pitch.
UCLA added its fourth run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Pinch-hitting for Gelalich, Krill opened the frame with a single to left field before scoring from third on a two-out RBI-single by Dunlap.
The Bruins tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to lead 6-0. With runners aboard first and second base, shortstop Niko Gallego lined a run-scoring double down the right-field line to send home pinch-runner Chris Giovinazzo. After Krill was walked intentionally to load the bases, catcher Steve Rodriguez dropped a sacrifice bunt, allowing Espy to score from third base.
Washington got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fifth. With shortstop David Bentrott at third base, third baseman Jacob Lamb lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.
UCLA led by a 7-1 margin in the seventh inning after Espy belted a solo home run to left field.
The Huskies closed the gap to 7-6 in the final two innings. Washington scored one run in the eighth inning on an RBI-double by right fielder Pierce Rankin before adding four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Chase Anselment belted a solo homer before left fielder Julien Pollard hit a three-run homer with one out.
The Bruins return to action at UC Irvine (26-18) on Tuesday evening. Game time at Anteater Ballpark is 6 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA reached the 34-win mark with Sunday's victory, marking the most wins in a season by the Bruins since the 2004 ballclub went 35-29 ... head coach John Savage has reached the 34-win mark for the second time in his nine-year head coaching career (went 34-23-1 in 2004, his third season at UC Irvine) ... each of UCLA's four starting pitchers notched their seventh victory of the season this week (Claypool, Cole, Bauer and Rasmussen) ... UCLA's four-game win streak is the team's longest since opening the season with 22 straight victories ... Blair Dunlap recorded his fifth game with three or more hits this season ... Beau Amaral's current 12-game hit streak is the longest by a UCLA freshman since Gabe Cohen hit safely in 12 straight games in 2007.