No. 1 UCLA Baseball Defeats Oregon, 5-1, in Sunday's Series Finale
April 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Rob Rasmussen scattered four hits through 6.1 scoreless innings to earn the win as the No. 1 UCLA baseball team downed Oregon, 5-1, in the series finale before a capacity crowd of 1,986 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Rasmussen (6-0) earned his sixth victory in his last six starts, logging six strikeouts and two walks in his ninth start of the spring. The left-hander from Arcadia, Calif., lowered his season ERA to a 2.52 mark.
Oregon right-hander Alex Keudell (4-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) and six hits in six innings as the Ducks' starting pitcher. Keudell struck out seven batters and walked one.
Bruins' right-hander Dan Klein earned his team-leading seventh save of the season. Klein limited Oregon (23-12, 6-6) to one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings. He recorded the final two outs in the eighth inning before retiring the Ducks in the top of the ninth.
UCLA (27-5, 5-4 Pac-10) was led at the plate by third baseman Cody Regis, who went 1-for-3 with one three-RBI double in the first inning. Right fielder Brett Krill went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, and first baseman Dean Espy went 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
The Bruins claimed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a fielding error by Ducks' shortstop KC Serna that allowed center fielder Beau Amaral to reach as the leadoff batter. After moving to second on a balk, Amaral took third base on a bunt single by second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla before scoring on a single to right field by Espy. With two outs and the bases loaded, Regis doubled to center field on a full count, clearing the bases.
Krill belted his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field, in the bottom of the third.
Oregon got on the board with one run in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, second baseman Danny Pulfer scored left fielder Curtis Raulinaitis from third base on a fielder's choice.
UCLA returns to action against Long Beach State at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, April 20. Game time is 6 p.m. Admission to all home Tuesday games costs $2 for adults and children.
Game Notes: Through his last six starts, Rob Rasmussen has netted six wins, logging 46 strikeouts and 10 walks in 36.2 innings ... Rasmussen has posted a .180 opponent batting average through his last six starts ... Blair Dunlap went 1-for-4 with one double, his team-leading 16th double of the season ... Dunlap moved into a three-way tie for ninth place on UCLA's career doubles list with 44 two-baggers (tied with Brandon Crawford and Pete Zamora) ... the Bruins' pitching staff lowered its team ERA to a Pac-10-leading 2.44 mark.