No. 23 UCLA Baseball Takes Down Cal State Northridge, 14-5
Feb. 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 23 UCLA baseball team improved to 3-0 with a 14-5 victory over Cal State Northridge in an MLB Urban Invitational game at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins won each of their three games over the weekend, outscoring the opposition by a 40-10 margin.
In Sunday's game, center fielder Beau Amaral led the way for the Bruins with a 4-for-5 effort, scoring two runs and collecting three RBI. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla (2-for-4) and third baseman Dean Espy (2-for-3) also logged three runs batted in. Shortstop Niko Gallego went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Right-hander Erik Goeddel (1-0) earned his first career victory, allowing one unearned run and four hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Goeddel notched four strikeouts and no walks.
Cal State Northridge's Bennett Parry (0-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering one run and one hit while walking two batters in 0.2 innings of relief.
The Matadors (1-2) were led by right fielder Ridge Carpenter, who went 3-for-3 with one walk, one RBI and one run. Catcher Dominic Piazza (2-for-4) was the only other Cal State Northridge batter to record two or more hits.
After belting seven home runs in their first two games, the Bruins kept pace on Sunday by launching two round-trippers. Amaral connected for his first collegiate homer, and Espy belted his second home run of the season.
Cal State Northridge took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second and led by a 4-1 margin headed to the bottom of the fourth. UCLA answered with a three-run fourth inning and four-run fifth to assume an 8-4 lead.
Amaral's two-run homer highlighted the Bruins' three-run fourth inning. UCLA's first four batters in the fifth inning scored runs, pushing the Bruins' advantage to 8-4. The four-run frame featured a pinch-hit single by Espy, a run-scoring double by Gallego, an RBI-base hit by Amaral and a sacrifice fly from right fielder Marc Navarro.
A two-run blast to left field by Espy in the sixth inning handed UCLA a 10-4 lead. Cal State Northridge added one run in the top of the seventh, before UCLA answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run double hit by Rahmatulla.
The Bruins return to the diamond at Long Beach State on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Game time at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Sunday's victory marked UCLA's third consecutive win with 10 or more runs scored - the Bruins last scored 10 or more runs in three straight games during the 2006 season (March 14-18)...left-hander Rob Rasmussen surrendered four runs and five hits in 3.2 innings as UCLA's starter - Rasmussen had seven strikeouts and three walks...freshman Dennis Holt made his collegiate debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning...UCLA's bullpen allowed one run (unearned) and four hits through five innings (seven strikeouts, no walks).
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