No. 10 UCLA Baseball Sweeps California With 11-2 Victory
May 23, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - Left-hander Rob Rasmussen recorded six strikeouts, allowing just one run and two hits through 6.2 innings, to earn the victory and lead the No. 10 UCLA baseball team to a series sweep with an 11-2 win at California on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins (41-11, 16-8) recorded their third consecutive Pac-10 series sweep.
UCLA tied the school record for most regular-season wins (also in 1979), extending its Pac-10 win streak to a season-high nine games.
Rasmussen (8-2) became the fourth UCLA pitcher this spring to collect his eighth victory, joining right-handers Trevor Bauer (9-3), Gerrit Cole (8-2) and Garett Claypool (8-3) in that category. The left-hander's strong performance against California on Sunday at Evans Diamond extended UCLA's win streak to seven games.
UCLA was fueled by a barrage of offensive performances against California (27-22, 11-13), as first baseman Dean Espy led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, belting one home run while totaling three RBI and two runs. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, and second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla also went 2-for-5 with two runs. Other Bruins to record two-hit efforts included center fielder Beau Amaral (2-for-4), right fielder Brett Krill (2-for-5), left fielder Chris Giovinazzo (2-for-5) and catcher Steve Rodriguez (2-for-4).
California left-hander Justin Jones (9-5) absorbed the loss as the Golden Bears' starting pitcher, allowing seven runs (three earned) and seven hits through two innings.
The Bruins scored twice in the top of the first to claim a 2-0 cushion. Dunlap led off with a double down the left-field line and was safe at third base on the next at-bat, as Amaral reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Espy bunted safely to the pitcher, scoring Dunlap. After Amaral was caught stealing in a pickle between second and third, allowing Espy to take second, Krill belted an RBI-double to right-center field.
UCLA secured a 7-0 advantage with a five-run second inning. Third baseman Cody Regis reached on a fielding error and moved to third base on a double by Giovinazzo. A single to shallow left field by Dunlap scored both baserunners, giving UCLA a 4-0 lead. A single to left-center by Rahmatulla sent Dunlap to third base. As Rahmatulla broke to steal second base safely, Dunlap scored on a double steal. Espy followed on that at-bat with a two-run blast to deep left-center field.
California registered its first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, as catcher Eddie Hsieh led off the frame with a solo home run to left field, cutting UCLA's advantage to 7-1.
UCLA added two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to lead 11-1, before California scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Bruins return to action at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday evening. Game time at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field is slated for 6 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey will have the call live from Goodwin Field.
Game Notes: UCLA has won 41 or more games in six seasons, including 2010 ... the Bruins have registered 41 regular-season victories in just two seasons - 1979 and 2010 ... the Bruins have not been 30 games or more above the .500 plateau since 1969, when UCLA got as many as 32 games over the .500 threshold (42-10-1 before finishing the year 42-12-1 after advancing to the College World Series ... UCLA has not won nine consecutive conference games since 1969 (April 26-May 17) ... the Bruins improved to 19-3 in games played away from Jackie Robinson Stadium ... Blair Dunlap notched his team-leading 18th double in the first inning, pushing his career doubles total to 46 - Dunlap has moved into seventh place on the Bruins' career doubles list.