No. 9 UCLA Baseball Rolls Record to 20-0 With 6-4 Victory Over Cal Poly
March 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 9 UCLA baseball team defeated Cal Poly, 6-4, on Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium to push its record to 20-0 and sweep the visiting Mustangs in a three-game series. Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla led the charge, going 3-for-4 with one run for the Bruins.
UCLA extended its school-record win streak to 20 games with its third three-game series sweep of the year.
Left-hander Rob Rasmussen improved to 3-0, recording nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings in his sixth start of the spring. He limited Cal Poly (7-14) to two runs and four hits and issued four walks. Left-hander Matt Grace recorded the final three outs in the ninth inning to notch his first career save.
Cal Poly right-hander DJ Mauldin (2-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits in 3.2 innings.
Rahmatulla raised his batting average to a team-leading .453 mark after having batted .533 (8-for-15) in the Bruins' four victories last week. Designated hitter Blair Dunlap extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, the longest such streak for any Bruin since 2005, when Chris Jensen hit safely in 18 consecutive ballgames.
Dunlap went 2-for-5 with one RBI, and right fielder Brett Krill was the third Bruin to record two or more hits, going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Third baseman Cody Regis went 1-for-3 with a team-leading two RBI.
The Mustangs were led at the plate by second baseman Matt Jensen, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI and one double. Catcher Elliot Stewart went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning.
Cal Poly scored one run in each of the first two innings before UCLA added one pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the second to tie the contest, 2-2. After belting a double to center field, shortstop Niko Gallego scored on a double to right by catcher Steve Rodriguez. Dunlap's two-out single up the middle scored Rodriguez.
The Bruins claimed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Krill singled to right field, stole second base and scored on a double off the right-field wall by Regis.
UCLA led 6-2 after scoring one run in the fourth inning and adding two more in the sixth. Krill lined an RBI-single to right to score center fielder Beau Amaral in the fourth. After leading off the sixth with a double to left, Rahmatulla scored from second on a single up the middle by first baseman Justin Uribe. Consecutive throwing errors on failed pickoff attempts allowed Uribe to take third base. Pinch-running for Uribe, Dean Espy scored on a sacrifice bunt by Regis, pushing the Bruins' advantage to four runs.
Cal Poly closed the gap to 6-4, scoring one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings.
UCLA looks to extend its win streak to 21 games on Tuesday, March 30, when the Bruins host Pepperdine. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Admission costs $2 for adults and children on Tuesday evenings.
Game Notes: UCLA improved its all-time record against Cal Poly to 19-4 (dating to 1955) ... Tyler Rahmatulla registered his team-leading 13th multiple-hit game of the season (third three-hit effort) ... Dean Espy ended the game for UCLA by recording an unassisted double play at first base (line drive caught, before tagging the first-base runner) ... Justin Uribe has collected a nine-game hit streak ... Blair Dunlap has recorded 10 multiple-hit games this season ... Dunlap finished UCLA's four game week batting at a .579 clip (11-for-19, four doubles) ... UCLA has out-hit its opponent in all 20 games ... the Bruins' pitching staff has logged a 2.30 ERA and .188 opponent batting average.
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