June 4, 2010
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Bruins Batter Golden
By Ryan Eshoff
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Ryan Eshoff is a rising junior at UCLA, a native
of San Jose, and has seen more of California than is
recommended. He has been on the sports staff of the Daily Bruin
newspaper his entire UCLA career, spending the last year as an
assistant sports editor and preparing to become a senior writer.
He has covered the entire breadth of Bruin sports and considers
himself, for better or worse, the world's foremost expert on
UCLA water polo. In his less than copious amounts of free time,
Ryan fights the East Coast bias and roots rabidly for the San
Jose Sharks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers
while wishing there was an NBA franchise in the Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES – It
took LSU and UC Irvine more than four hours to create a
competitive buzz at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the first game of
the Los Angeles Regional Friday.
It took UCLA just four innings to squelch it.
In the nightcap against fourth-seeded Kent State,
the top-seeded Bruins played the ungracious hosts, jumping ahead
by a dozen runs after four and cruising the rest of the way in a
"It was a great way to start the weekend," UCLA
coach John Savage said. "Our guys seemed really focused.
Offensively we wore them down, which was big. It was a good way
to start the tournament."
On the mound, it was a tale of two starters. UCLA
sophomore Gerrit Cole gave up just one hit and one walk in five
shutout innings before being pulled after just 78 pitches,
perhaps allowing for the possibility that he pitch again later
in the weekend.
Kent State starter Robert Sabo, meanwhile,
struggled with his command from the onset. Sabo walked three
Bruins and hit three more before being lifted in the third
inning. He was charged with seven runs, two of them coming in
the first inning and putting the Golden Flashes in an early
Kent State's best opportunity to get to Cole was
in the first inning, when the Golden Flashes got men on base via
a catcher's interference call and an infield single. But the
right-hander pitched out of it and silenced the KSU the rest of
"The first inning kind of set the tone for the
whole game," Cole said. "The mentality that we carried
throughout the year of picking each other up; I thought it was
crucial to come out of that inning with a zero."
The Bruins got offensive contributions from just
about everyone in their lineup in pounding out 15 hits. Junior
outfielder Chris Giovinazzo drove in three runs on a pair of
hits, and catcher Steve Rodriguez and outfielder Beau Amaral
each recorded two hits and two RBI.
It looked like Sabo would be able to limit the
damage after UCLA loaded the bases with none out in the first
and scored just twice. He pitched a scoreless second before the
Bruins’ bats struck for five runs in both the third and the
fourth innings. UCLA tacked on three more runs in the sixth, and
Kent State picked up one in the ninth to round out the scoring.
"Put simply, it's starting pitching," Kent State
coach Scott Stricklin said. "Gerrit Cole was very good. Robert
Sabo did not have a good start. That was the difference in the
game, and the game was over very early. We were hoping the other
Robert Sabo would show up."
UCLA will face LSU and its ace Anthony Ranaudo in
the winners' bracket Saturday evening. The first game of the day
will feature UC Irvine and Kent State, with the loser being
"The defending national champs," Savage said of
the pending showdown with LSU. "It's going to be a good matchup