Baseball hangs on against Cal Poly, earns win No. 18

It was business as usual for the UCLA baseball team at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Thursday night.

Another win -- the 18th straight to start the season. Another offensive showcase -- the 11 runs and 15 hits serving as evidence. Another brilliant pitching performance? Not quite.

UCLA pitchers combined to give up seven runs to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- the most the Bruins have given up in a game this season.

Not that it mattered. Offensively, UCLA (18-0) opened with a double, a bunt single, a sacrifice fly, another double and a single for the first three runs of the game. The Bruins continued to score their runs in bunches, adding three in the third and five in the fourth to stretch the lead to 11-0. It seemed as if it was going to be a long night for Cal Poly pitching.

But that was that for UCLA's bats.

"I think we got lazy towards the end," said freshman Cody Keefer, who was three for five and drove in five runs. "We came out and got a good start, but we just let off the pedal."

The 11-run lead was more than enough for right-hander Gerrit Cole, who got his sixth win in six starts. But he nearly didn't get the win after struggling with the control of his fastball in the fifth. He finished the night with three earned runs and seven walks.

Cal Poly scored seven unanswered before Erik Goeddel and Dan Klein preserved UCLA's four-run lead in the final two innings.

Right-hander Trevor Bauer, the other ace, takes the hill Friday night.