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Roundup From BN Walk: Bruin Aces, Howland's Recruiting Trip & Other Summer Notes

Let's start the Tuesday roundup with news from the diamond. Last week it was Bruin phenom Gerrit Cole putting together an awesome display of pitching by helping Team USA no-hit Guatemala 10-0. Not to be outdone, Cole's performance was followed up by fellow Bruin Trevor Bauer, who tossed a two hitter for Team USA, while striking out 13 in another dominating win over Guatemala:

UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer struck out 13 batters in a two-hit, complete-game effort to lead the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) past Guatemala, 18-0, on Friday, July 3. Bauer (1-0) recorded his first victory pitching for the National Team in a contest at Coleman Field (USA National Training Complex).

Bauer took the mound in the bottom of the first inning with the U.S. team already staked to an 8-0 lead. The right-hander from Valencia, Calif., allowed just two baserunners in seven innings - one single in the second inning and one double in the sixth.

Bauer faced 23 hitters - two batters over the minimum - and did not issue any walks.

Pitching before 2,017 fans at the National Training Complex, Bauer helped lead Team USA to its eighth consecutive victory of the summer. The U.S. National Team eventually swept the four-game set against Guatemala with an 18-1 victory on Saturday, July 4.

May be UCLA should be scheduling Guatemala to get ready for the Pac-10 games next season. lol On a more serious note though Rye will be putting up a post on that topic later today which will be a followup his great interview with Savage couple of weeks ago (if you haven't read it you can do so by going here and here).

Moving over to basketball some good news from Dohn:

Forgot to mention this last week but when I was at UCLA's advanced skills hoops camp, Bruins center Drew Gordon was there. He was resting his injured knee, but the pain wasn't that great since I did see him dunk the ball.

We had heard that DG's injury was not as serious as some feared it to be when news first game. If Dohn's report is accurate it's a good sign. Still DG needs to make sure he is working closely with his trainers this summer so that he is not rushing back in any way after that minor setback from early summer. We are going to need him next year.

DG's coach meanwhile is on a recruiting trip. Per Coach Howland's twitter feed the July evalulation period for college hoops recruiting started yesterday. He flew out of LA on the 5th and will be traveling in 4 cities in 6 days. He started out in Cincinnati and I am sure he will be updating along as he goes through his trip.

Speaking of coach's trips, UCLA Today becomes the latest news publication to write about Neuheisel's memorable trip to the Middle East:

"It made me feel very proud to be an American, and also very fortunate to be an American," the coach said. "Sometimes you need to go abroad to realize all the gifts that we have here, and that became very evident.

"And then the mission," he continued. "Sitting with some of the commanders and talking about what we were trying to get done and why we were trying to get it done made you proud. And also the commitment of our country toward the soldiers, as well as the commitment of the soldiers toward the effort. It was a well-oiled machine."

You can read rest of the story here.

Lastly, we mentioned little more than a week about about former Bruin OL Chad Sauter getting profiled in the LA Times. Chad is now an L.A. County Sherrif's deputy, who is coaching kids as a volunteer assistant at Lynwood and Compton Centennial High Schools as a volunter assistant. The Daily Bruin followed up with its own profile of Chad's effort to contribute to his community both on and off the field. Great to see Chad getting so much attention for the work he has been putting in to get everyone (including the UCLA coaching staff) plugged into his community building effort through the local schools. It's another example of former UCLA players doing their part to strenghten the relationship between our school, it's athletic programs and the last two letters of UCLA.