Baseball: Bruins break out the bats

In case you didn't hear, the UCLA baseball team made some noise over the weekend.


The sweet aluminum sound resonated through Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon as No. 23 UCLA capped off a perfect weekend with a 14-5 victory over Cal State Northridge. The Bruins laced 18 hits and came back from an early 4-1 deficit to improve to 3-0.

"We're going to have to win games like that," coach John Savage said. "I'm proud of our guys and we're off to a good start."

Beau Amaral, Tyler Rahmatulla and Dean Espy each had three RBIs to lead the way. Amaral and Espy homered.

The offense backed up junior Rob Rasmussen, who allowed four runs and five hits in 3.2 innings. "He just could never establish fastball command," Savage said. "He could never get in a tempo."

Redshirt sophomore Erik Goeddel, a former top prospect who underwent Tommy John surgery during his senior season in high school, relieved Rasmussen and earned the victory. He struck out four in 2.2 innings.

"There is nobody that has worked harder than Erik Goeddel," Savage said. "We're talking about a 24-month period where he wasn't healthy -- hours of rehab that can mentally wear you down."

The story, though, was UCLA's ability to score 40 runs in the three wins. It may be too soon to tell (and playing teams like Southern and Bethune Cookman may serve as disclaimers), but this young Bruins lineup has the potential to slap a few hits here and there.

"We're usually just sitting on one pitch and we take anything else until we get that pitch," Rahmatulla said.