Baseball: Claypool shines, offense rolls

The light might not be as bright on Tuesday nights, but don't tell that to pitcher Garett Claypool.

Despite knowing he wasn't a lock to make UCLA's stacked weekend rotation, the senior right-hander returned to school after being selected in the 32nd round in last June's Major League Baseball draft.

"He came back for his senior year because he wants to go to Omaha," coach John Savage said. "He's willing to take that role and run with it. He wants to be the best Tuesday guy in the country."

If tonight's performance at Long Beach State is any indication, Claypool might be just that. He gave up a run and scattered five hits in seven strong innings, leading the Bruins to a 10-1 victory over the 49ers at Blair Field.

Junior right fielder Brett Krill led the charge offensively, going four for five with two runs and two RBIs. Sophomore catcher Steve Rodriguez, the team's No. 9 batter, hit his fourth home run of the season. UCLA has scored in double-digits in every game.