Top-ranked baseball team blanks UC Riverside 10-0

Believe it or not, UCLA -- the nation's top-ranked collegiate baseball team -- is a win away from matching its total from last season.

That alone shows what coach John Savage, his staff of assistants and the players have been able to accomplish this spring.

"I haven't really thought about it that way," Savage said. "We've always played a difficult schedule. Last year's schedule was really road heavy and we had a very young pitching staff. I think they've grown up."

The Bruins (26-3) are well on their way to surpassing last year's disappointing 27-29 record. UCLA earned its latest victory -- its first as the country's No. 1 team -- Tuesday night, defeating UC Riverside 10-0 at the Riverside Sports Complex.

"We’re just taking it as a challenge, game by game," said freshman Jeff Gelalich, who had two hits and three RBIs Tuesday night. "We’re not trying to look forward to anything."

And as cliche as it may sound, it's perhaps the best approach a No. 1 team can take.

UCLA welcomes Oregon for a three-game set beginning Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.