No. 19 UCLA Baseball Outlasts Nebraska, 5-3, in Game Two
March 5, 2010
ADVISORY: UCLA and Nebraska will play at 1 p.m. Saturday due to impending rain in the weather forecast (this is a change from the original schedule).
LOS ANGELES - Right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-0) struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings, leading the No. 19 UCLA baseball team past Nebraska, 5-3, in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Bauer surrendered one run and six hits, walking two batters, in his second start of the year.
Earlier in the day, the Bruins downwed Nebraska, 13-1, in game one of the doubleheader.
Friday's pair of victories pushes UCLA's record to 8-0, the Bruins' best start to a season since equaling that mark in 1978. In addition, the Bruins have reeled off their first eight-game win streak since February 2001.
The Bruins received one homer from shortstop Niko Gallego (1-for-4) and two doubles from designated Blair Dunlap (2-for-4). In addition to Dunlap, second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, left fielder Cody Keefer and third baseman Dean Espy each recorded two hits for UCLA.
Right-hander Dan Klein struck out two batters in 1.1 innings of relief to record his second save of the season.
Nebraska right-hander Michael Mariot (0-2) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs and eight hits through six innings as the starting pitcher. The Cornhuskers (3-6) were led at the plate by left fielder Khiry Cooper (3-for-4) and second baseman Kale Kiser (2-for-4).
UCLA got on the board with one run in the second inning. Keefer opened the bottom of the second with a single up the middle, tagged up to second base on foul fly out and scored on a single to left by third baseman Dean Espy.
The Bruins added two runs in the third to secure a 3-0 advantage. Dunlap led off with a double to left-center and moved to third base on a bunt single by Rahmatulla. A sacrifice bunt by first baseman Justin Uribe sent home Dunlap and a single to right field by Keefer scored Rahmatulla from second base.
Gallego belted a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the fourth, handing UCLA a 4-0 lead.
The Cornhuskers scored one run in the top of the seventh, cutting the Bruins' margin to 4-1. With two outs, the Huskers received back-to-back singles to left field from Kiser and Cooper. Center fielder DJ Belfonte followed with a base-hit up the middle, scoring Kiser from second base.
A two-out RBI infield single by Rahmatulla in the seventh inning pushed UCLA's lead to 5-1.
The Huskers chipped away in the top of the eighth, adding two runs to trail, 5-3. Nebraska scored one pair of two-out unearned runs on consecutive bases-loaded singles by Kiser and Cooper. A diving stop on a ground ball to first baseman Justin Uribe and subsequent flip to Klein at the bag helped the Bruins end Nebraska's inning.
UCLA returns to action against Nebraska on Saturday, March 6. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 1 p.m. (this is a change from the team's original schedule). Left-hander Rob Rasmussen is scheduled to start for UCLA in the series finale.
Game Notes: UCLA last opened a season 8-0 in 1978...in the modern era (post-1955), the Bruins have not opened a season better than 8-0...Tyler Rahmatulla has hit safely in all eight games this season...Brett Krill extended his hitting streak to five games...the Bruins have outscored their opposition, 83-18, in eight games...UCLA's offense has posted a .381 batting average with 15 home runs and 78 RBI...the Bruins' pitching staff has recorded a 1.88 ERA and .187 opponent batting average, collecting 100 strikeouts and 19 walks in 72.0 innings (12.5 strikeouts per nine innings)...Trevor Bauer improved his career record to 11-3...Bauer has gone 9-0 as a starting pitcher at UCLA.