Baseball Begins Season With Annual Alumni Game

Jan. 16, 2001

UCLA Baseball: Bruins Open Season With Annual Alumni Game

This Week: Saturday, Jan. 20 - UCLA vs. Alumni, Noon, Jackie Robinson Stadium
Next Week: Saturday, January 27, UCLA @ UC Riverside, 1:00 p.m.

Alumni day: The 2001 UCLA Bruins begin play with the annual Alumni Game Saturday, Jan. 20 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Batting practice begins at 10:30 a.m. before formal festivities kick off at 11:35 a.m., with former Bruins now in professional baseball taking part in a home run contest. Last year, Peter Zamora edged American League Home Run Champion Troy Glaus, hitting four long balls. At 12:05 p.m., the 'Old-Timers' game will take place, featuring four innings of play between those former Bruins 30 years or older. At 1:05 p.m., there will be a ceremony to honor former Bruin coach Art Reichle who passed away in May. The UCLA 2001 squad will square off against the UCLA Pros (former Bruins now playing professionally) at 2:00 p.m. In 2000, the current Bruins defeated the Pros 4-0, led by a pair of two-run home runs by Bill Scott and Chase Utley. Jon Brandt earned the start and looked impressive in four innings, allowing just three hits and no runs. Tyler Dersom relieved Brandt in the fifth inning and relieved all three batters he faced. After winning the home run contest, Zamora pitched two innings and allowed four runs on three hits for the Pros.

Here are the projected participants for this year's UCLA Pro team, including the organization in which they currently play:

Pitchers:
Ryan Carter (Phillies), Chad Cislak (Indians), Mike Fyhrie, (Angels), Rob Henkel (Marlins), Tom Jacquez (Phillies), Tim Kubinski (Athletics), Mike Magnante (Athletics), Jake Meyer (Mariners), Jim Parque (White Sox), Gabe Sollecito (Rangers), Kevin Sheredy (Cardinals), Brian Stephenson (Dodgers), Peter Zamora (Phillies), Dave Zancanaro (Cubs).

Infielders:
Garrett Atkins (Rockies), Troy Glaus (Angels), Eric Karros (Dodgers), Mike Mitchell (Diamondbacks), Chris Pritchett (Phillies), Nick Theodorou (Dodgers), Chase Utley (Phillies), Todd Zeile (Mets).

Outfielders:
Rich Amaral (Orioles), Eric Byrnes (Athletics), Jon Heinrichs (Marlins), Ryan McGuire (Mets), Dave Roberts (Indians), Bill Scott (Brewers), Eric Valent (Phillies).

Catchers:
Tim DeCinces (Padres), Ryan Hamill (Cardinals), Bill Haselman (Rangers), Forrest Johnson (Tigers), Adam Melhuse (Dodgers).

Former Coach Art Reichle To Be Honored: In between the 'Old-Timers' game and the UCLA vs. Pros game at 1:05 p.m., there will be a ceremony to honor former UCLA Coach Art Reichle who passed away on May 23, 2000. Reichle coached at UCLA from 1941-1974, compiling a 747-582-12 record. He led the Bruins to the 1969 College World Series and the 1969 Pac-8 title.

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2000 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      Transfer1B    Eric Reece       Sr.*    .271, 1, 122B    Ryan Rasmussen   Jr.      TransferSS    Josh Canales     Sr.     .248, 0, 183B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .294, 7, 28LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .303, 4, 13CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .347, 4, 34RF    Ben Francisco    So.      TransferDH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     Redshirted---------------------------------------------------------------------SP    Jon Brandt       Sr.      7-5, 4.03 ERA, 60 KRP    Mike Davern      Fr.      High School

UCLA's Starting Rotation:
Saturday, Jan. 20 vs Professionals: Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP
Saturday, Jan. 27 @ UC Riverside: Josh Karp, Jr., RHP

Opening Day Success: UCLA is 18-8 on opening day under head coach Gary Adams. The Bruins have won 11 of their last 14 season openers, outscoring their opponents 102-51 in these games. Last season, UCLA won its season opener at Hawaii, 15-3 with reliever Mike Kunes picking up the win. The Bruins have been extremely successful in their home openers. Under Adams, the Bruins have won 21 of their 26 home openers, outscoring their opponents 202-106 in these games. UCLA has won 16 of its last 19 home openers, outscoring its opponents 155-90 in these games. Last season, the Bruins opened up their home season with a 17-4 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Bruins Open Regular Season At Riverside: The Bruins will open up the 2001 season with a game at UC Riverside. The Bruins hold a 3-1 series advantage over the Highlanders. UCLA's home opener will be held Tuesday, February 6 against Loyola Marymount at 5:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium

Head Coach Gary Adams - UCLA's All-Time Winningest Baseball Coach: In his 27th year at the helm of the UCLA baseball program, head coach Gary Adams has firmly cemented his name at the top of the UCLA coaching record books. With a 12-3 victory over then-No.2 Georgia Tech on Feb. 6, 1999 at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Adams secured his 800th career victory as the skipper of the Bruins. Just over a month later, Adams became a baseball legend with all-time career victory #1,000 March 2 at Arizona. He is in 13th place on the list of winningest active Division I coaches with 1,054 wins. Adams is the all-time winningest head baseball coach in UCLA history, a feat accomplished March 2, 1997 with win #748 coming at the Hormel Foods Classic in the Metrodome in Minnesota. Adams has compiled a 866-700-7 (.553) record at UCLA. Thirty-six of Adams' former players at UCLA have reached the major leagues. Ten former Bruins have made their major league debut the past five seasons. In 2000, Eric Byrnes, Tom Jacquez, and Adam Melhuse all made their major-league debuts. In 1999, Dave Roberts made his major league debut with the Indians. In 1998, Troy Glaus and Jim Parque, who were teammates on UCLA's 1997 College World Series, reached the majors. Adams was the head coach at UC Irvine for five years before coming to UCLA and guided the Anteaters to back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 1973 and 1974. In 1974, Adams was named as the Division II Coach of the Year. Adams' career record is 985-712-12 (.585). He played second base for the Bruins in 1959, 1960 and 1962. As a senior, he was selected as team captain and MVP.

Karp Selected Preseason All-American: Junior right-handed pitcher Josh Karp (Bothell, WA/Bothell HS) was named a first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball. This is the second year that Karp has been honored in the pre-season.

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