So the undefeated streak is no more. Unfortunately, that was going to happen at some point and when you've hit 22 in a row, it's likely to come sooner rather than later. Nevertheless, the Bruins still have their rubber game versus Stanford today that will give them the series win they came in looking for should they win. The game gets underway at 2 pm PST from Jackie Robinson Stadium and a day after a crowd of over 1,400 overwhelmed Jackie Robinson Stadium, there is talk that today's crowd could be just as big. It should be a fun atmosphere out at the ballpark.
While the Bruins are undoubtedly stout at the top of their rotation with Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (even after less than stellar starts this weekend), the thing that many believe sets the pitching staff apart from the rest is the staff's depth. One part of that depth is today's starter, Rob Rasmussen, who enters with a 3-0 record, 2.64 ERA and 13.78 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks fourth in the nation. He will be opposed by Brett Mooneyham, who is 0-3 this season and if you want an idea of how bad he was early on in the year, his six inning, one run performance last week lowered his ERA about two full runs to 6.85.
All of that is today at 2 pm PST as the two teams battle it out for a key Pac-10 series win. While the Bruins dropped their first contest last night, so did Arizona St. up at Oregon so there are no more undefeated streaks to worry about. It's all about the series win and holding up in the Pac-10 standings now.
Again, we've got three ways to follow the game. The most informative and detailed is the online audio call with John Ramey, and Nick Theodorou. You can also follow along on GameTracker and on my UCLA baseball twitter, like always.There are plenty of options to follow along with our undefeated Bruins so follow along and check in on this thread with your game updates, thoughts, questions, opinions or whatever else you've got. It's game time, it's your game thread.