Saturday, March 27, 2010
Baseball makes it 20 straight
By Blair Angulo
The UCLA baseball team needed 41 games to reach the 20-win plateau last season.
The Bruins have cut that number down significantly this spring. UCLA came from behind to beat Cal Poly 6-4 Saturday afternoon to extended its winning streak to 20 games.
Twenty wins, no losses.
Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen gave up a run in each of the first two innings but settled down after that to earn his third victory. He struck out nine of the 21 batters he faced.
Rob Rasmussen earned his third victory of the year by striking out nine in 5.2 innings pitched.
"We always say that ones don't hurt us," Rasmussen said. "Obviously, you don't want to give runs up and get us down early. At the same time, I knew and everyone knew that we were going to score more than two runs, so it was just about keeping Cal Poly there and giving our offense a chance."
The Bruins scored a pair of two-out runs to tie the score in the second inning. Niko Gallego and Steve Rodriguez doubled before Blair Dunlap singled to knot things up at 2-2.
Another two-out rally gave UCLA the lead in the third. Brett Krill singled, stole second and came around to score on a double from Cody Regis. The Bruins added one in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Down three in the seventh, Cal Poly's best hitter Mitch Haniger stepped into the box representing the tying run but grounded out softly to shortstop Gallego to end the threat. Down two in the eighth, Luke Yoder represented the tying run but Erik Goeddel got him to pop out to second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla.
Bobby Crocker led off the ninth with an infield single, but Matt Jensen struck out and Ross Brayton lined into a game-ending double play.