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Rob Rasmussen
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Rob Rasmussen 1265385
Position: Left Handed Pitcher
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Year: Junior
Hometown: Arcadia, Calif.
High School: Pasadena Poly

Helped lead UCLA to two NCAA Regionals (2008, 2010) and the Bruins' third-ever trip to the College World Series in 2010...earned the victory in UCLA's clinching games of the 2010 NCAA Los Angeles Regional and Super Regional...had a sensational senior season in the Bruins' weekend rotation, helping UCLA post the nation's second lowest ERA (3.00)...selected in the second round (73rd overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins...out of high school, was selected in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Made 19 starts, serving as UCLA's No. 3 starting pitcher in the weekend rotation...went 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 109.1 innings, recording 128 strikeouts and 35 walks...finished the season ranking fourth in the Pac-10 in ERA (2.72) and innings (109.1) and fifth in opposing batting average (.216)...tied with three players for third-most wins (11)...tied with teammate Gerrit Cole for most starts (19) among Pac-10 pitchers...ranked ninth nationally in strikeouts (128), 29th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.54) and hits allowed per nine innings (7.25) and 33rd in ERA...went 2-1 in four postseason starts, posting a 2.13 ERA - tallied 27 strikeouts and eight walks through 25.1 innings, limiting the opposition to a .202 batting average in the postseason...had the best performance of his career in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regionals against Cal State Fullerton (June 13), throwing a two-hit complete game to lead UCLA to the College World Series first the first time since 1997...had nine strikeouts and one walk in that game against the Titans, allowing just one run and two hits in his first career complete game - allowed just one baserunner in the fifth through ninth innings (retired 13 consecutive batters from the fourth through eighth innings)...also earned the victory in UCLA's 6-2 Regional-clinching win over UC Irvine (June 6), allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, recording seven strikeouts and no walks...threw six scoreless innings in UCLA's final game of the College World Series, a 2-1 loss to South Carolina (June 29) - had five strikeouts and four walks, scattering six hits in his 19th start of the season...did not earn a decision in any of his first three starts, before compiling a streak of six consecutive victories in six starts (March 14-April 18)...logged a career-high 10 strikeouts in a no-decision against Nebraska (March 6), allowing one run (unearned) and three hits in five innings...earned his first victory of the season against No. 25 Oklahoma at the Whataburger College Classic (March 14), limiting the Sooners to one run and four hits in six innings while logging seven strikeouts and three walks...helped lead the Bruins to a series win over Stanford by earning the victory in the rubber game (April 3), allowing three runs and four hits in six innings while collecting eight strikeouts and no walks...guided UCLA to another crucial series victory on the road at Oregon State in a rubber game (April 11), striking out eight with no walks while limiting the host Beavers to two runs and six hits through 7.1 innings...helped UCLA salvage a series at home against Oregon (April 18) after having lost the first two games - threw 6.1 shutout innings, scattering four hits while striking out six and issuing two walks...picked up the victory in the final contest of a three-game sweep at Washington (May 9), limiting the Huskies to one run and five hits in 6.2 innings...struck out eight batters and had no walks through seven innings in a no-decision against USC (May 16), allowing one run and six hits...earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors after holding California to one run and two hits in 6.2 innings, striking out six and walking two as the Bruins swept the Golden Bears on the road...picked up the victory in the Bruins' final regular-season game versus Washington State (May 30), allowing one run and four hits in 6.0 innings.

2009 (summer)
Made six starts for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League...went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, recording a team-leading 42 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35.0 innings...limited the opposition to a .197 batting average and averaged 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings...selected to start for the Eastern Division in the 2009 Under Armour Cape Cod League All-Star Game...was the only Cape Cod League pitcher to register four wins without absorbing any losses...finished eighth in the league in ERA (1.80, minimum 35 innings)...Orleans went 25-17 in the Eastern Division of the Cape Cod League.

Made 18 appearances, including six starts...went 4-2 with a 6.75 ERA, totaling 51 strikeouts and 26 walks in 44.2 innings...ranked fourth on the team in strikeouts and innings pitched...went 3-0 with a 4.95 ERA in 12 relief appearances, compiling 27 strikeouts and 12 walks in 20.0 innings...recorded a career-high seven strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, scattering two hits against Loyola Marymount (April 1)...tossed a career-high 6.0 innings in the start against Rice in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park (Feb. 27); allowed three runs and six hits while notching four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision...earned first collegiate save at Stanford (April 10), allowing one hit and four walks while collecting five strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless frames in an 8-5 victory...collected first collegiate victory in the Bruins' season-opener, a 13-1 win against UC Davis (Feb. 20) - scattered two hits in five scoreless innings, totaling five strikeouts and one walk.

2008 (summer)
Made nine starts for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League...recorded a 4.12 ERA and a 4-3 record in 39.1 innings...totaled 43 strikeouts and 23 walks, limiting the opposition to a .268 average...Orleans finished 25-17 in first place in the Eastern Division of the Cape Cod League.

Made nine appearances, including two starts...missed nearly 10 weeks of the season after sustaining a broken left foot off a line drive comebacker in the third inning of his collegiate debut (vs. UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 27)...returned to action April 30 against Loyola Marymount, tossing one scoreless inning...finished his freshman season having logged a 5.60 ERA and 0-2 record in 17.2 innings...totaled eight strikeouts and issued 11 walks...helped preserve UCLA's second of back-to-back shutouts at California (May 24), tossing 1.1 hitless innings in relief of Charles Brewer...earned the start in the Fullerton Regional Final, allowing three runs and six hits in 3.0 innings at Cal State Fullerton (June 2).

High School
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Calif., under head coach Wayne Ellis...selected in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers...compiled a 38-2 record and 1.04 ERA over four seasons, recording 492 strikeouts and allowing just 37 earned runs in 248.2 innings...earned third-team All-America accolades from Baseball America and first-team All-State honors from CalHi Sports...captured 2007 CIF Southern Section Division VI Player of the Year accolades after leading Pasadena Poly to a 24-2 overall record and CIF playoff appearance...was one of two pitchers named to the Los Angeles Times all-region team...logged a 0.33 ERA and 12-0 record his senior season, registering 200 strikeouts and just 34 walks in 86.0 innings; hurled 11 complete games, including six consecutive complete game victories (April 14 through May 17) and four complete game shutouts...struck out 10 or more batters 11 times and retired 15 or more batters seven times, including a season-high 20 strikeouts against Glendale...proficient at the plate, posted a .455 batting average, including two home runs, 12 doubles, 32 RBI, 29 runs and 21 walks...as a junior in 2006, tallied a 0.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 25 innings; hit .333 in nine games as a junior, recording one home run, five doubles, 11 runs and five RBI...in 2005, earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section honors, second-team All-State accolades and first-team San Gabriel Valley All-Area recognition...captured Prep League MVP honors in 2005 after posting a 9-1 record and 1.40 ERA as a sophomore; hurled three complete games and one shutout that season...led all California high school players with 147 strikeouts in 2005, according to MaxPreps.com...at the plate in 2005, logged a .361 average with nine doubles, 26 runs and 14 RBI...as a freshman in 2004, led all southern California pitchers with 13 victories; finished his freshman campaign with a 1.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 62.2 innings; also totaled a .385 batting average with one home run and 19 RBI...in the summer of 2007, tallied a 2-0 record and 0.70 ERA in the Babe Ruth World Series in Ohio; won three Babe Ruth World Series titles in three seasons, posting a career 17-0 record (state, regional and world series games)...competed for the Babe Ruth 19-and-under team in the summers of 2005 and 2006...invited to the 2006 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo. to represent the Babe Ruth organization...selected to the 2006 All-Star Team and World Series Tournament Team, which won the 18-and-under World Series in Newark, Ohio...pitched two complete games in the World Series Tournaments, posting 23 strikeouts in two games including 10 strikeouts against the Alabama Raw Dogs...was selected to the Babe Ruth 16-and-under All-Star Team in the summer of 2005 and represented the San Gabriel Valley; pitched complete-game shutouts in both the All-Star Southwest Regional and World Series Championship games (against Bakersfield and Jefferson Parish, La., respectively)...earned Southwest Regional and World Series All-Tournament Team honors.

Robert Paul Rasmussen...born April 2, 1989 in Pasadena, Calif...Rob is the son of Dale and Linda Rasmussen...mother, Linda, graduated from UCLA in 1980...uncle, Neil Rasmussen, was selected in the first round (12th overall selection) of the 1971 MLB Draft....pre business-economics major.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched - 9.0 vs. Cal State Fullerton (6/13/10)
Strikeouts - 10 vs. Nebraska (3/6/10)


2008 Fr. 5.60 0-2 9 2 0 0 17.2 25 13 11 11 8 2 2 1 91 .352 3 3 1 4 0
2009 So. 6.45 4-2 18 6 0 1 44.2 52 35 32 26 51 12 0 7 214 .295 7 5 2 5 0
2010 Jr. 2.72 11-3 19 19 1 0 109.1 88 36 33 35 128 17 2 10 456 .216 10 4 2 7 0
TOTALS 3.98 15-7 46 27 1 1 171.2 165 84 76 72 187 31 4 18 761 .252 20 12 5 16 0
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