No. 3 UCLA Baseball Takes Series at No. 17 Oregon State With 8-2 Victory
April 11, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Rob Rasmussen (5-0) struck out eight hitters and did not issue any walks in a career-high seven innings to lead the No. 3 UCLA baseball team past No. 17 Oregon State, 8-2, in the rubber game of a Pac-10 series Sunday afternoon before 2,068 at Goss Stadium.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Bruins (25-3, 4-2 Pac-10) added five runs - four off a grand slam to straight-away center field by right fielder Brett Krill - to secure an 8-2 cushion against Oregon State (20-8, 3-3).
Sunday's 8-2 victory helped UCLA secure its first Pac-10 series win at Oregon State since 2004.
Rasmussen earned his fifth consecutive victory in another strong outing. The left-hander from Arcadia, Calif., allowed just two baserunners through the first four innings, requiring 92 pitches in a seven-inning outing. Right-hander Erik Goeddel earned his first career save, pitching two scoreless innings. Goeddel scattered two hits and issued one walk, striking out three batters in relief.
Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla went 3-for-4 with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, two runs and one walk. Rahmatulla raised his batting average to a .410 mark, seven points shy of Dean Espy's team-high .417 average. Krill went 1-for-5 with one home run and a team-leading four RBI.
Oregon State's Matt Boyd (4-1) was tagged with the loss in relief of Sam Gaviglio. Boyd allowed one run and two hits in two innings, recording three strikeouts and no walks. Gaviglio surrendered two runs and six hits, striking out seven and walking three batters in 4.2 innings as the Beavers' starting pitcher.
UCLA led 2-0 after scoring one run in the first and third innings. In the opening frame, a double down the left-field line by Rahmatulla, scored center fielder Beau Amaral from first base. In the top of the third, Amaral scored on a sacrifice fly to deep center by first baseman Dean Espy.
Oregon State got on the board with one run in the fifth. The Beavers led off with a double down the left-field line by shortstop Carter Bell, who scored from third base two at-bats later on a single through the right-side by catcher Andrew Susac. With runners at second and third and nobody out, Rasmussen struck out the side to escape the jam.
The Beavers tied the game, 2-2, on a leadoff home run to left field by Stefan Romero in the sixth.
UCLA answered with a leadoff round-tripper to right field off the bat of Rahmatulla in the top of the seventh, handing the visiting Bruins a 3-2 cushion.
The Bruins added five runs in the top of the ninth. After UCLA loaded the bases with one out, left fielder Cody Keefer drew a walk, allowing shortstop Niko Gallego to score from third. Krill stepped to the plate and drilled a 3-and-0 count offering over the 400-foot sign in straight away center field.
UCLA returns to action at UC Riverside on Tuesday, April 13. Game time at Riverside Sports Complex is 6 p.m. Fans unable to attend can listen to a live audio broadcast online at uclabruins.com, as John Ramey will have the call. As always, fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action online through GameTracker, available at uclabruins.com
Game Notes: UCLA's pitching staff posted a 1.91 ERA in 33.0 innings over the weekend at Oregon State - the Bruins' pitchers logged 41 strikeouts and 16 walks, limiting the Beavers to a .212 batting average ... neither team hit any home runs until Sunday's series final (UCLA - Krill, Rahmatulla; OSU - Romero) ... Rob Rasmussen has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts ... Tyler Rahmatulla recorded his second career game with two or more doubles (also had two at UC Santa Barbara, March 23, 2010) ... Brett Krill posted a career-high four RBI ... Sunday's game marked UCLA's 28th of the season, officially marking the halfway point of the 56-game regular season.
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