UCLA: Texas Christian

Baseball team unable to close out TCU

June, 25, 2010
There will be a third game between UCLA and Texas Christian. Matt Purke, TCU's highly-touted lefty, made sure of it.

The Bruins' bats never going against Purke, the former first-round pick who was 15-0 heading into Friday afternoon's game. UCLA, a win away from the final round, didn't get a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning and didn't register a hit until the fifth. Purke surrendered two runs and only three hits and UCLA lost for the first time in the CWS, 6-2, to set up a tense final game between the two teams.

UCLA's own left-hander, Rob Rasmussen, failed to be as good as Purke when he needed to be. Nearly two weeks after tossing a complete game against Cal State Fullerton to book UCLA's trip to the College World Series, the junior struggled through 4 1/3 innings, laboring for 95 pitches and giving up three runs and six hits.

Senior right-hander Garett Claypool, playing for the first time in nearly a month, didn't fare any better. He gave up three runs in relief of Rasmussen.

UCLA had a shot at the game when it trailed by one in the seventh, but Beau Amaral struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat. TCU would tag Claypool for home runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away.

The elimination game between UCLA and TCU is Saturday, with the winner advancing to the championship round. If South Carolina forces another game by beating Clemson on Friday night, the Bruins and Horned Frogs take the field at 11 a.m. PT Saturday. If Clemson closes out its side of the bracket, Saturday's game is at 4 p.m. PT.
Gerrit Cole subtly revealed one of his secret weapons late in the regular season.

The UCLA baseball team had just swept California in Berkeley, so maybe he was giddy and didn't really mean it. Perhaps he was joking -- the righty demonstrating a soft side not fitting for a hard-thrower like himself.

"It was that steak dinner we had," Cole said with a laugh before bouncing into the visitor's room.

Well, someone had his Omaha steak.

The sophomore pitcher cooked up a Grade A outing Monday night. Something medium-rare, something many would pay a lot for. He carried a stern, focused look throughout his eight-inning, three-run performance that wound up to be the ideal recipe for a UCLA win, 6-3, over Texas Christian.

"Cole showed why he's an All-American with the way he pitched," TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "That was really, really impressive."

The Bruins improved to 2-0 at the College World Series and will await the winner of Florida State-TCU for a meeting Friday. After going winless in two previous trips to Omaha, UCLA needs a win to get to the championship round.

A by-the-numbers look at Cole's work:
  • 13 -- the number of strikeouts Cole recorded Monday night, the most in a CWS game since Cal State Fullerton's Jason Windsor fanned 14 in 2004.
  • 13 -- the number of TCU batters that went down swinging.
  • 97 -- the speed of Cole's fastball in the eighth inning.
  • 1 -- the number of TCU hits through six frames.
  • 2 -- the number of times Cole convinced head coach John Savage to keep him in the game.
  • 9 -- consecutive batters Cole retired before Jason Coats singled to start a three-run rally in the seventh.
  • 6 -- the number three-ball counts Cole got himself into.
  • 151 -- the number of strikeouts Cole has this season, one shy of teammate Trevor Bauer's single-season program mark (set Saturday).

Baseball: UCLA leads TCU 5-0 after six

June, 21, 2010
UCLA couldn't have asked for a better start from Gerrit Cole.

The pitcher has set the tone through six, as No. 6-seeded UCLA leads Texas Christian 5-0.

Cole was scorching early, striking out the side in the first by getting three hitters to go down swinging. The offense backed him by manufacturing a 2-0 lead -- Blair Dunlap smacking a run-scoring single in the first before Beau Amaral roped a two-out RBI hit in the second.

And just when it seemed like the Bruins would lull America to sleep, freshmen left-handed hitters Cody Regis and Jeff Gelalich showed off their muscle in the third. Regis belted an opposite-field two-run blast -- his fifth of the postseason -- then Gelalich skied one to right for the 5-0 UCLA advantage. With the three-inning outburst, the Bruins extended their scoring streak to 10 straight innings (they scored in the final seven innings Saturday in an 11-3 win over Florida).

But make no mistake about it: it's been The Cole Show through six.

The flame-throwing right-hander has been mixing his fastball (94-97 miles per hour) with an 87-mph slider. He has struck out nine and allowed just one hit.



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