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Monday, April 18, 2011
Baseball: Bruins finding their groove

By Blair Angulo

The UCLA baseball team fell two spots -- from 18th to 20th -- in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' poll despite earning a series victory against hot-hitting Arizona.

Tough crowd.

The Bruins (19-12, 9-3 Pac-10) have turned it on as of late, winning all four of their conference series and eight of their last 11 games overall. UCLA's pitching cooled off Arizona (batting .340 heading into Friday), holding the Wildcats to a .202 average in three games.

Gerrit Cole absorbed a tough 5-4 loss Friday, but the Bruins bounced back with 4-0 and 8-5 wins Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Trevor Bauer tossed a complete game shutout Saturday, allowing just four hits while striking out 13. Beau Amaral had six RBIs on Sunday, including the game-tying two-run blast and go-ahead three-run double.

UCLA hosts San Diego State (11-25) on Tuesday night before hitting the road for a three-game set at Stanford (16-12, 3-6) beginning Thursday.