Baseball To Begin Season On The Road

Jan. 22, 2001

Bruins Open Regular Season At UC Riverside

This Week: Saturday, January 27, UCLA @ UC Riverside, 1:00 p.m.
Next Week: Thursday, February 1, UCLA @ Hawaii, 9:35 p.m. PST
Friday, February 2, UCLA @ Hawaii, 9:35 p.m. PST
Saturday, February 3, UCLA @ Hawaii, 3:05 p.m. PST

Bruins vs. Highlanders: The Bruins open the 2001 regular season with a trip down the 10 Freeway to UC Riverside. This is the first year that the Highlanders will face Division I competiton. They will become a full Division I member of the Big West Conference in 2002. The game starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Sports Center in Riverside. It is the season opener for both teams. Under Gary Adams, the Bruins lead the series, 3-1.

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.

UCLA's Starting Rotation:
Saturday, Jan. 27 @ UC Riverside: Josh Karp, Jr., RHP vs. TBA

Scouting the Highlanders: The UC Riverside Alumni team used a run by Angels relief ace Troy Percival in the top of the ninth inning to tie the 2001 squad in the Highlanders' annual Alumni Game last weekend. Last season, the Highlanders finished with a 30-23 record and were 25-13 in their conference. They return 15 lettermen, losing 11. They return five starters and lose four. Head Coach Jack Smitheran (Arizona State '68) has been at Riverside for six years and holds a 974-666-3 career record over 27 years. UCR is led by top returners Matt Teahen (Sr, 3B, .354, 27 RBI in 2000), Jimmy Anderson (So., C, .328, 9 HR in 2000) and Julio Fernandez (So., RHP, 4-5, 4.86 ERA in 2000).

2001 Bruins Defeat Pros in Annual Alumni Game: The 2001 UCLA Baseball season got off to a good start, as the 2001 Bruins defeated the Bruin Professionals, 4-3, at the Annual Alumni game on Saturday. Freshman Preston Griffin hit the game-winning double in the bottom of the sixth inning, driving in classmate Casey Janssen, to clinch the win for the Bruins.

Senior right-handed pitcher Jon Brandt started for the Bruins and was impressive in five innings, allowing only two runs (both unearned) on one hit. He had three strikeouts, including one of American League Home Run champion Troy Glaus of the Anaheim Angels. Freshman Mike Davern started on the mound for the Alumni team, holding the 2001 Bruins scoreless in the three innings he pitched. He finished with three strikeouts and only allowed two hits.

Kevin Jerkens relieved Davern for the Alumni Team in the fourth inning. Randall Shelley hit a single to start the inning, and Matt Pearl walked to put runners at first and second. Adam Berry hit a double, scoring Shelley, but a throwing error in the field allowed Pearl and Berry to come home as well.

Freshman Chris Cordeiro relieved Brandt for the Bruins in the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead, but allowed the Alumni to tie the game on a Nick Theodorou ground out RBI. With two runners on, Cordeiro struck out Eric Byrnes to end the inning with a 3-3 tie.

After Janssen took first base on a Chase Utley error and Christian Lewis walked, Griffin came to the plate and hit a line drive into right field to drive in the winning run.

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    Josh Karp      Jr.      10-2, 5.06 ERA, 91 K

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.

Tough Opponents In 2001: UCLA will face seven opponents ranked in Top 25 preseason polls this year including two teams ranked in the Top 10: USC (#2, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball), Arizona State (#6 BA, CB), Stanford (#11 CB, #14 BA) Cal State Fullerton (#12, CB, #15, BA), Pepperdine (#18 BA, #37 CB), Tulane (#19 BA, #33 CB), and Long Beach State (#22 BA, CB).

Bruins on the Radio: Selected UCLA baseball games will be broadcast live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Jeff Blank will call the play-by-play with Cassidy Olson doing the color commentary. Here is a schedule of those games broadcast on the internet in 2001:

Date            Opponent           Location                  Time PSTSun., Feb. 11   UNLV               Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Feb. 16   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   5 p.m.Sat., Feb. 17   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Feb. 18   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Feb. 25   Tulane             Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Mar. 9    Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., Mar. 10   Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Mar. 11   Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Apr. 6    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 7    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             1 p.m.Sun., Apr. 8    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             1 p.m.Thur., Apr. 12  Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Fri., Apr. 13   Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 14   Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Apr. 27   USC                Dedeaux Field             6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 28   USC                Dedeaux Field             1 p.m.Sun., Apr. 29   USC                Dedeaux Field             1 p.m.Fri., May 4     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., May 5     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., May 6     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Wed., May 9     Cal State Fullerton Jackie Robinson Stadium  6 p.m.Fri., May 11    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., May 12    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., May 13    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., May 18    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 7 p.m.Sat., May 19    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 7 p.m.Sun., May 20    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 1 p.m.
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