No. 12 UCLA Baseball Downs Oral Roberts, 9-1, to Sweep Series
March 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES - First baseman Justin Uribe went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the No. 12 UCLA baseball team past Oral Roberts, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins improved their record to 16-0, the program's best-ever start to a season, and extended their win streak to a school-record 16 games.
Left-hander Rob Rasmussen (2-0) earned the victory, recording eight strikeouts and walking one batter through 5.2 innings. Rasmussen limited visiting Oral Roberts (5-10) to one run and two hits in his fifth start of the season.
Right-hander Bryce Smolen (1-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) and five hits in 3.1 innings. One of four pitchers for Oral Roberts on Sunday, Smolen struck out three batters and walked one.
Third baseman Cody Regis went 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run and one RBI. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla drew two walks and scored one run, going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap went 1-for-3 with a career-high-tying three runs, one home run and one walk.
UCLA outscored Oral Roberts, 41-7, over the three-game weekend series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins' pitching staff limited the Golden Eagles to 20 hits through 27.0 innings, notching 30 strikeouts and 10 walks.
In Sunday's game, UCLA claimed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a leadoff homer to left field by Dunlap.
The Bruins pushed their advantage to 6-0 with a five-run fourth inning. After reaching on a one-out double to center, Krill scored on a fielding error by second baseman Colby Price. Shortstop Niko Gallego was hit by a pitch, and Regis drove home catcher Steve Rodriguez from second base on a double. Dunlap reached on an intentional walk, loading the bases, before pinch-hitter Chris Giovinazzo drew a four-pitch walk to score Gallego. A sacrifice fly by Rahmatulla sent home Regis, and a single to left-center by Uribe plated Dunlap from third base.
Oral Roberts scored one run in the top of the sixth, as left fielder Chris Elder drew a two-out bases-loaded walk.
UCLA increased its cushion to 9-1 with a three-run sixth inning. The Bruins took advantage of consecutive one-out walks before Uribe bounced a two-RBI single into right field. Left fielder Cody Keefer sent home Rahmatulla from third base on a fielder's choice groundout.
The Bruins return to action at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, March 23. Game time at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action on GameTracker, available online at uclabruins.com.
Game Notes: Blair Dunlap extended his team-leading 11-game hitting streak with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning - Dunlap also had an 11-game hit streak in 2009, spanning from Feb. 27 through March 13 ... the Bruins' offense batted .397 with four homers and 10 doubles in three wins over Oral Roberts ... Justin Uribe batted .533 in the series, going 8-for-15 ... Dean Espy and Tyler Rahmatulla each registered six RBI against Oral Roberts ... UCLA (16-0) and Arizona State (19-0) are the only undefeated NCAA Division I teams in the nation.