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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Baseball's win streak hits 21

By Blair Angulo

The UCLA baseball team found yet another way to emerge victorious on Tuesday night. This time, the Bruins extended their best-ever win streak to 21 games thanks to -- what else -- a pair of bunt singles.

With the game scoreless in the fifth inning, Trevor Brown laid down a bunt that bounced off third base for a single to load the bags. After a ground out scored a run, Cody Regis laid down a bunt of his own, this one to the right side of the infield for another single and another run.

UCLA Athletics Garett Claypool earned his third win of the season Tuesday night. He has an ERA of 1.03 as a starter this year.



That's all UCLA's offense could muster against Pepperdine's Aaron Gates. That's all UCLA's Garett Claypool and the bullpen needed.

Claypool, a senior right-hander, allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk in six and two thirds innings. He struck out nine.

"I just like pitching," Claypool said. "So if it's on Tuesdays, it doesn't really matter."

Claypool could very well start on weekends if he was on another team. But since head coach John Savage has Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen in his weekend rotation, Claypool has had to fill the midweek role.

He may be the best midweek starter in the nation.

"Every time out I attack hitters," he said. "I like to compete and like to do well."

So far he has. Claypool (3-0) touts an ERA of 1.03 in four starts and has walked four and struck out 30.

No. 6 UCLA begins Pac-10 play Thursday against Stanford.