UCLA sweeps USC thanks to walk-off blast

Cody Keefer made sure that the USC baseball team's bus ride back to South Central would feel like an eternity.

UCLA's freshman outfielder belted a two-out, two-run home run to propel the Bruins past their crosstown rivals, 2-1, and secure the three-game sweep at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday.

With the Bruins (37-11, 13-8 Pac-10) trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, outfielder Brett Krill singled to bring up Keefer -- who promptly sent a 2-1 offering from USC's Chad Smith over the right field fence.

“Off the bat, I knew that I had made good contact,” Keefer said. “I knew the result would be productive, even if that ball didn’t go out. In that situation, it’s all about having the right mentality and staying relaxed.”

John Ramey of the UCLA radio network with the call:

Before that, UCLA had struggled to manufacture any rhythm a day after scoring 15 runs and hammering out 20 hits. The Bruins stranded six runners, including two in scoring position in the two innings prior to Keefer's heroics.

Meanwhile, starting left-hander Rob Rasmussen kept the Bruins in it. His only blemish came in the fourth, when Cade Kreuter cranked a solo home run to put USC (23-28, 5-16) in front 1-0. Rasmussen went seven innings, surrendering six hits and striking out eight.

It was UCLA's fourth walk-off win of the spring and also its 37th overall -- which is tied for the second-most regular-season victories in school history (the Bruins won 37 in 1987 as well). Speaking of victories, the Bruins have won 13 of their last 16 against the Trojans.