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Monday, February 21, 2011
Baseball: Bruins fight rain, sweep USF

By Blair Angulo

It's safe to say the UCLA baseball team drank its chocolate milk before the start of the season.

The top-ranked Bruins opened up the 2011 campaign with a sweep of San Francisco, surrendering one unearned run in 27 rain-soaked innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior Gerrit Cole tossed a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win Friday afternoon, junior Trevor Bauer struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings for a 4-1 victory Saturday and freshman Adam Plutko threw six scoreless frames in a 3-0 win Sunday.

Friday's game was bumped up six hours -- to a noon start time -- due to impending rain. Cole made quick work of the Dons, striking out 11 and facing just 29 batters in a game that lasted two hours and seven minutes. Saturday's game was also rescheduled -- pushed from a 2 p.m. start time to 1 p.m. -- to again avoid the showers. Bauer carried a one-hitter into the eighth and UCLA's bats mustered enough offense for the three-run win.

Freshman Nick Vander Tuig, who replaced third-round MLB Draft selection Dan Klein as the team's new closer, recorded two saves.