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Baseball: UCLA gears up for Dodgertown Classic

The UCLA baseball team couldn't be in a better position heading into today's game against USC at Dodger Stadium.

The No. 23 Bruins have outscored their opponents 59-13 on their way to a 5-0 record -- the best start for the program in 13 years. That mark has the potential to improve with junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen-- one of the UCLA's top pro prospects -- scheduled to make the start today. He has experience at big league ballparks, having started at Houston's Minute Maid Park last season and at Boston's Fenway Park in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game last summer.

USC (3-3) will counter with Kevin Couture, who lost to the Bruins last season after surrendering six runs in 2.1 innings in 17-2 UCLA victory at Dedeaux Field.

"We're ecstatic," UCLA coach John Savage said. "We're very gracious and humbled to be in Dodger Stadium. We're very thankful to the Dodgers. I think it's going to be a very good opportunity for the college baseball community to be able to be at a major league ballpark."

USC coach Chad Kreuter, a former Dodgers catcher, shared similar thoughts.

"Every game in college baseball is a playoff game," he said. "Every game counts... It’s a chance for those kids to be on a big-league field and stadium. It will bring out the best out of our clubs."