Heading into the weekend, the UCLA baseball team had hoped to make a statement by beating perennial power Arizona State. A series win would have gone a long way in proving that UCLA was ready to compete not only for the Pac-10 Conference title, but a national seeding in next month's NCAA tournament.
Instead, No. 3 Arizona State sent a message Saturday afternoon, defeating No. 5 UCLA 6-1 to claim the series win. In all, UCLA (30-9) has been outscored 11-2 through the first two games of the series.
ASU (37-5) got to UCLA starter Trevor Bauer in the first inning, scoring four runs to stun another big crowd at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The early deficit, combined with three fielding errors and 12 runners left on base, were too much to overcome.
The Bruins can only hope to salvage a win Sunday. Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen is slated to take the hill.