Baseball: Poly grad Rasmussen is Bruins’ Sunday best

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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

Rob Rasmussen has had an education.

Oh, he knew it was possible he would be able to achieve academic excellence by attending UCLA. But his real education has come on the pitcher’s mound.

The left-handed junior from Pasadena Poly has become the Sunday pitcher for the Bruins. That means he gets the final say in the Bruins’ three-game series.

He was perfect in the role until Sunday when 17th-ranked Arizona State got to him in the fourth inning of the Wildcats’ 6-4 victory.

Rasmussen is 6-1 in his Sunday starts with a 2.85 ERA. The Bruins are ranked fifth in the nation.

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Baseball: Gabrielino pitching sensation Angel Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores

Gabrielino’s Angel Acosta is proving more and more that he’s a man among boys. The sophomore pitcher dazzled fans with yet another brilliant performance Friday, tossing a no-hitter and striking out 17 to lead the Eagles to a 7-1 Mission Valley League victory over El Monte. Acosta (6-4, 2.00 ERA) became the first pitcher in school history to pitch a no-hitter, posting a new single-game strikeout record and single-season record for most strikeouts. According to MaxPreps, Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores. The 17 strikeouts puts him at 100 this season, surpassing Calvin Chambers’ record of 98 set last season. El Monte will host the Eagles on Friday. It was just a few weeks ago when Acosta, who also leads the team in batting with a .467 average, pitched seven scoreless innings in relief, struck out 14, and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to help Gabrielino storm back from a 15-1 deficit to beat St. Anthony 21-17 in 11 innings.

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Star-Jibber: What’s on deck with base/softball?

COACHES/ATHLETIC DIRECTORS/PARENTS: My phone locked on me Sunday afternoon. I’ve spent 10 hours trying to figure out a way to unlock it without losing all my contacts, but to no avail. I had to reboot my phone and in the process lost just about every single contact I saved. I kindly ask that you take some time and text me your name, that way I’ll save your contact. For example: “Barry Bacon” or “Mack Paciorek” … etc …

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All-Star Classic: Star-News girls battle to the finish; Star-News boys streak is snapped in overtime loss.

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CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE BOYS ALL-STAR CLASSIC GAME

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE BOYS SLAM DUNK CONTEST

SEVENTH ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Girls game:
Star-News 72, Tribune 67
Boys game: Tribune 118, Star-News 111, OT

SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-2
Girls Star-News leads series, 5-2

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