No. 12 UCLA Baseball Defeats UC Davis, 13-1, in Season Opener

Feb. 20, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - Sophomore left-hander Rob Rasmussen limited UC Davis to two hits, striking out five, in five scoreless innings to earn his first collegiate victory as the No. 12 UCLA baseball team downed UC Davis, 13-1, Friday evening on Opening Night at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Rasmussen (1-0) allowed just three baserunners, surrending two hits and one walk, in the third start of his career. UC Davis' Jeremy McChesney (0-1) absorbed the loss, allowing six runs off six hits and five walks in 3.1 innings.

UCLA (1-0) took advantage of 11 hits and 12 walks to win its third consecutive season-opening ballgame. Center fielder Blair Dunlap went 3-for-3 with a clutch two-out, two-RBI double to left field in the bottom of the third, handing the Bruins an early 2-0 cushion. Right fielder Gabe Cohen (2-for-4) and first baseman Casey Haerther (2-for-3) were the two other Bruins to record multiple-hit games.

Designated hitter Cody Decker reached base in each of his four plate appearances, lining a single to center field and drawing three walks. Shortstop Niko Gallego went 1-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and two walks, in addition to making several standout defensive plays in his first career start as UCLA's shortstop. Chris Giovinazzo, playing in the outfield and behind the plate, went 1-for-2 with a two-RBI, pinch-hit triple.

Freshman Chris Amezquita belted UCLA's only home run of the evening, lining a two-run blast over the left-field fence in his first collegiate at-bat, a pinch-hit at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. Amezquita became the first Bruin to belt a home run in his first collegiate game since Tim Murphy accomplished the feat on Feb. 3, 2006 (vs. Fresno State).

The Bruins scored in four innings. Dunlap's two-run double put UCLA on the board in the third before the Bruins added seven runs in the fourth inning. UCLA's seven-run inning featured three hits and four walks, allowing the Bruins to pad their cushion to 9-0.

Giovinazzo's two-run triple in the sixth pushed UCLA's lead to 11-0, and Amezquita's first collegiate round-tripper in the seventh gave the Bruins a 13-0 advantage.

UC Davis scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as catcher Joseph Medeiros plated first baseman Eric Johnson with a two-out double to the gap in left-center field.

UCLA and UC Davis resume their three-game series on Saturday, Feb. 21. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins will send freshman right-hander Gerrit Cole to the mound, and UC Davis will counter with junior left-hander Andy Suiter.

Game Notes: UCLA captured its third consecutive win in season-opening ballgames...in all, 18 Bruins saw action in Friday evening's victory (15 position players, three pitchers)...right-hander Garett Claypool recorded three strikeouts and allows one hit in two scoreless innings...Friday' game marked the UCLA debut for five Bruins - junior Alex Weber-Shapiro, redshirt freshman Marc Navarro and true freshmen Chris Amezquita, Tyler Rahmatulla and Steve Rodriguez...Friday's contest marked the first college baseball game between UCLA and UC Davis.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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