This morning, the Bruins will close out the Whataburger Classic with their biggest game to date this season versus #19 Oklahoma. Like UCLA, Oklahoma has taken their first two games of the weekend over Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Mississippi St. Like the Bruins, the Sooners are on fire to start the season too, entering today 15-1 and winners of ten straight. The Bruins have not played an overly difficult schedule, but Oklahoma is a damn good team and a win over the Sooners would be a nice boost to their resume.
Rob Rasmussen will be on the mound for UCLA with his 3.38 ERA and 15.5 strikeouts per nine innings line for the year after three starts. Rasmussen has yet to earn a decision in any of his three starts and will be looking for win number one on the year versus the Sooners. Oklahoma will hand the ball to a freshman, Ryan Gibson, who is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA on the young season. The Marlins' draft pick has held opponents to a .212 batting average in 2010.
In the end, this is only one game of 56 this year, but any time you have the chance to beat a potential number one seed, you want to go out there and get it. Being able to extend your perfect start to 13-0 is a nice bonus too. You can follow along with the game on GameTracker (link included) or you can listen live on the Oklahoma radio feed. You can also grab updates from my UCLA baseball twitter. This is your open game thread so use it to keep people updated on the game if you're following along or to share thoughts and questions, as well as anything else you've got.