UCLA Baseball's Rob Rasmussen Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

May 24, 2010

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the first time this season and second time in his career, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Rasmussen (8-2) helped UCLA sweep California on Sunday, allowing one run and two hits in 6.2 innings.

Rasmussen, who ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 96 strikeouts, did not allow a hit until the fifth inning on Sunday. The left-hander from Arcadia, Calif., notched his eighth win of the season, recording six strikeouts and walking two in his 14th start of the season. He faced three batters over the minimum through 6.2 innings.

Rasmussen's strong performance helped UCLA record its third consecutive Pac-10 series sweep, as the Bruins extended their conference win streak to nine games, the program's longest such streak since 1969.

Entering the final week of the regular season, Rasmussen has gone 8-2 with a 3.00 ERA (ninth-best in the Pac-10), collecting 96 strikeouts and issuing 25 walks in 78.0 innings. The left-hander has limited the opposition to a .222 batting average, the seventh-lowest mark among Pac-10 pitchers.

Rasmussen has been most impressive in Pac-10 play, going 5-2 with a team-leading 3.23 ERA (fourth-best in the Pac-10) in eight conference starts. He has registered 49 strikeouts and six walks in 47.1 innings, posting a .235 opponent batting average (fifth-lowest in the Pac-10).

Rasmussen is one of three Pac-10 pitchers to have logged five or more wins in conference action (also Arizona State's Seth Blair with six and Oregon's Zack Thornton with five).

The former standout at Pasadena Poly also earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on April 13, 2009.

No. 7 UCLA returns to action at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, May 25. Game time at Goodwin Field is 6 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.

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