No. 7 UCLA Baseball Registers 11-1 Victory Over No. 22 Washington State
May 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 UCLA baseball team won its 43rd game in its final regular-season contest on Sunday afternoon with a 6-1 decision over No. 22 Washington State, establishing the Bruins' new regular-season record win total. Left-hander Rob Rasmussen (9-2) earned the victory, allowing one run and four hits in six innings.
The Bruins' victory over Washington State came hours after the NCAA announced that UCLA will host one of 16 NCAA Regionals beginning next Friday. UCLA has been awarded an NCAA Regional host for the first time since the 1986 season. The complete 64-team NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed Monday at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN.
UCLA (43-12, 18-9) finished second in the Pac-10 Conference standings, two games behind Arizona State, marking the Bruins' highest conference finish since a four-way first-place tie resulted in 2000. The Bruins won 10 of their 12 three-game weekend series during the regular season, including seven of nine Pac-10 series.
The Bruins used a 12-hit attack against Washington State (34-20, 15-12), scoring five runs in the first two innings. Three UCLA seniors were honored prior to the game and each played a role in the victory. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap went 3-for-5 with his team-leading 19th double, two runs and one RBI. First baseman Justin Uribe went 1-for-4 with one double, and right-hander Garett Claypool logged two strikeouts in 1.2 hitless innings of relief.
Rasmussen recorded five strikeouts and two walks, improving his Pac-10 record to a team-leading 6-2 mark.
Washington State left-hander Adam Conley (5-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs and five hits in 3.1 innings. Conley struck out three batters and issued four walks.
Third baseman Dean Espy led the Bruins with four RBI, going 2-for-4 with one run. Center fielder Beau Amaral went 2-for-4 with one walk, one run and one RBI, and left fielder Chris Giovinazzo went 3-for-4 with one triple, one run and one RBI. Trevor Brown belted a two-run pinch-hit homer in his only plate appearance of the day.
After leading off UCLA's first inning with a double down the left-field line, Dunlap moved to third on a fly out and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Espy.
In Bruins' four-run second inning began with consecutive two-out walks drawn by Giovinazzo and catcher Steve Rodriguez. A single to left field by Dunlap scored Giovinazzo from second base. Amaral followed with a base-hit up the middle, sending home Rodriguez. After second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla was hit by a pitch, Espy followed with a two-run single to right field.
Washington State scored once in the sixth on a run-scoring fielder's choice grounded by pinch-hitter Cody Bartlett.
UCLA added its sixth run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Uribe belted a double to left-center field, before pinch-runner Cody Regis scored on a triple to center by Giovinazzo.
The Bruins struck for five runs in the eighth inning, pushing their margin to 11-1. Espy had an RBI-single with one out, before Krill scored Rahmatulla from third base on a groundout. Regis belted a run-scoring double to right field before Brown registered his first career homer, a two-run shot to left field.
UCLA has secured its 16th NCAA Tournament berth and will open play in the Los Angeles Regional on Friday, June 4 against an opponent to be determined. The Bruins will learn which three teams will play in the double-elimination regional during Monday morning's NCAA Tournament 'Selection Show,' set to air in a 30-minute segment on ESPN at 9:30 a.m.
Game Notes: UCLA's 18 Pac-10 wins are the most conference victories for the program since going 19-11 in 1997 (Pac-10 schedule only featured 24 games from 1999-2008, and currently employs 27 games) ... the Bruins' 24 home victories this spring are the second-most wins for any Bruins ballclub in the 30-year history of Jackie Robinson Stadium (most wins at home since going 28-10 in 1982) ... only three other teams in school history have won 43 or more games (including postseason) - 45 wins in 1997, 43 wins in 2010, 1979 and 1967 ... the Bruins recorded a team-leading seven stolen bases for the second time this season in Sunday's win (also versus Oklahoma on March 14) ... Rob Rasmussen tied for the team lead in wins (nine) with sophomores Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer ... Rasmussen's five strikeouts on Sunday pushed his season total to 101 - no UCLA ballclub has ever featured three or more pitchers with 100 or more strikeouts (Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer led the Pac-10 with 124).