No. 5 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 3 Arizona State, 6-1
May 1, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 UCLA baseball team lost to No. 3 Arizona State, 6-1, before 1,725 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins (30-9, 7-7) dropped their second game in as many days to the visiting Sun Devils (37-5, 13-4) in a three-game Pac-10 series.
Arizona State led from the start, scoring four runs in the top of the first, and never looked back. The Sun Devils were led at the plate by first baseman Riccio Torrez, who went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Shortstop Drew Maggin went 2-for-5 with two runs, and center fielder Johnny Ruettiger went 2-for-4.
Arizona State right-hander Merrill Kelly (9-0) earned the victory, limiting UCLA to one run and six hits in 5.2 innings. Kelly notched three strikeouts and issued four walks. Right-hander Brady Rodgers tallied his third save of the season, throwing 3.1 hitless innings in relief of Kelly.
UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer (6-3) absorbed the loss, surrendering six runs (four earned) and eight hits through seven innings. Left-hander Mitchell Beacom allowed one hit in two scoreless frames in relief of Bauer.
Arizona State jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Riccio Torrez lined a two-RBI single to left field. Designated hitter Zach Wilson followed with a run-scoring single before third baseman Raoul Torrez sent home Riccio Torrez from third base with a two-out base-hit.
The Sun Devils added one run in the top of the second before the Bruins answered with one run in the third inning. A bunt single with the bases loaded by left fielder Cody Keefer plated Rahmatulla.
Arizona State built its lead to 6-1 in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Matt Newman.
UCLA and Arizona State conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission to UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium costs $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under).
Game Notes: Blair Dunlap extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... the Bruins dropped to 7-4 this season against top-25 ranked opponents (as ranked by Baseball America) ... Tyler Rahmatulla recorded his team-leading 17th multiple-hit game of the spring, while Trevor Brown had his third multiple-hit effort.