Get shutdown pitching, put together enough with the bats, even if it comes all in one inning and hold on for a win. That will be the blueprint for the Bruins in 2010 and that's what the Blue team did to win game three of the Blue-Gold World Series, 5-0, and sweep the three-game fall contest. Trevor Bauer went four innings for the Blue team, giving up only one hit and striking out five, while his batters backed him with a five run fourth to culminate UCLA's fall practice.
Dan Klein got the nod for the Gold team, just as he had on Monday, and the redshirt sophomore looked very good, throwing two scoreless innings in which he faced the minimum six batters, struck out four and allowed just one hit.
Klein turned it over to Erik Goeddel in the third and Goeddel looked nearly as good, striking out two in a perfect third inning. Goeddel ran into fourth inning trouble though as the Blue team did all of their damage.
After getting a ground out to start the fourth, Beau Amaral singled for the second time in the game to put a runner on first with one out. Tyler Rahmatulla followed that with a double to deep right, putting runners on second and third. Marc Navarro, Monday's hero, came to the plate and made yet another huge impact by smacked a double to left center that scored two and put the Blue team ahead, 2-0. Navarro then showed some legs to go with his bat, stealing third and coming home on a single by Brett Krill. That ended Goeddel's day and JD Haver came in to relieve him, but walks to the first two batters he faced further hurt the Gold team's cause. A double by Cody Regis didn't help things either, as it scored two runs and put the Blue team ahead by a score of 5-0.
Haver rebounded to get the final two outs of the inning and then threw two more scoreless innings to give him a line of 2.2 innings, three hits, two walks and no runs.
Bauer finished his four innings of work and handed the ball to Allen Aguilar who got into a bit of fifth inning trouble, but made it out unscathed. After getting the first two outs of the inning, he walked a pair and saw his third baseman, Regis, make an error to load the bases. A fly out to left ended the inning for Aguilar though, giving him 1.1 scoreless for his fall.
With Brandon Lodge in for the Blue team to begin the sixth, the Gold team threatened again with two out. A two-out double by Dean Espy put a scare in the Blue team and a walk by Justin Uribe put runners at first and second, but Blair Dunlap skied one to right field for the inning's final out.
Ian Williams, who batted in all three of the Blue-Gold games, got a chance on the mound in the top of the seventh and took advantage, striking out one in a one, two, three inning.
Gerrit Cole came on for the Blues in the seventh inning to wrap things up and did just that, allowing one hit and striking out the side to bring a close to the Blue-Gold World Series.
Amaral had a pair of hits and run scored for the Blues, Rahmatulla had a single, double and run scored, while Navarro chipped in with a two-RBI double and stolen base. Aaron Weimer was the Gold team's star, going 1-1 with a pair of walks and stolen bag.
Goeddel absorbed the loss for the Gold team, giving up four hits and four runs in 1.1 innings, while Bauer was the winning pitcher.