No. 23 UCLA Baseball Defeats USC, 6-1 at Dodger Stadium
Feb. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - First baseman Justin Uribe went 1-for-2 with three RBI, including a game-winning two-RBI single in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, and shortstop Niko Gallego went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the year to lead the No. 23 UCLA baseball team past USC, 6-1, before 14,588 fans at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
Right-hander Erik Goeddel (2-0) picked up the victory, tossing 2.2 hitless innings in relief. Goeddel recorded three strikeouts and one walk in relief of starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Making his second start of the season, Rasmussen limited USC to one run and five hits in 4.2 innings, notching six strikeouts and issuing four walks.
USC right-hander Ben Mount (0-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering three runs and four hits in 4.1 innings of relief. Mount took over for right-hander Kevin Couture, who exited the game in the second inning after having been struck on the hand by a comebacker.
UCLA right-hander Dan Klein registered his first save of the season, hurling 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Klein struck out three batters and allowed one base-hit.
Sunday's game, part of the weekend's 'Dodgertown Classic', marked the first time the UCLA baseball team had ever played at Dodger Stadium.
The Bruins broke a 1-1 deadlock with two runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth. UCLA led, 3-1, after an RBI-single up the middle by Uribe scored second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla and right fielder Brett Krill.
UCLA's three-run eighth inning featured a leadoff solo homer by Gallego, before catcher Steve Rodriguez doubled to right field and scored on an ensuing two-bagger to left-center by left fielder Cody Keefer. With the bases loaded, Uribe drew a walk on a full count to score Keefer from third base.
Gallego and Rodriguez each went 2-for-4, and Keefer finished the afternoon going 3-for-5 with two runs.
UCLA returns to action in an exhibition game against Waseda University (Japan) on Tuesday, March 2. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 5 p.m. Next weekend, the Bruins will host a three-game series against Nebraska, beginning Friday, March 5.
Game Notes: UCLA played before 14,588 fans, its highest attendance at any baseball game since the 1997 College World Series...sporting a 6-0 record, the Bruins are off to their best start since 1997...UCLA's six-game winning streak is the program's longest since April 2007 (seven games)...the Bruins have outscored their opponents, 65-14, through the season's first six games...three relief pitchers from UCLA's bullpen combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings - the bullpen has not allowed any earned runs (one earned) this season.