At least one UCLA team had a good showing on national television Saturday night.
Unlike its basketball colleagues (who were embarrassed in ESPN's primetime game), the UCLA baseball team thrived on the MLB Network by soundly defeating Bethune Cookman 10-3 in Compton.
A night after routing Southern 16-2, the Bruins' bats were at it again. Sophomore catcher Steve Rodriguez blasted two home runs to bring his season total to three in two games. The No. 9 hitter who is mostly known for his ability to handle a pitching staff is on pace for a breakout campaign after hitting two home runs all of last season. Designated hitter Marc Navarro joined the hit parade by belting his first career home run.
Sophomore pitcher Trevor Bauer had a stellar night -- minus two pitches he probably wants back. The right-hander was tagged for two long home runs, but for the most the most part, he mixed his pitches well. Bauer kept batters guessing with a slew of curveballs and change-ups to strike out 13.
UCLA returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face Cal State Northridge. Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who had a solid summer in the Cape Cod League, is the scheduled starter. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.