Baseball Travels to Hawaii For Three Game Series

Jan. 30, 2001

This Week:
Thursday, February 1, UCLA @ Hawaii, 8:35 p.m. PST
Friday, February 2, UCLA @ Hawaii, 8:35 p.m. PST
Saturday, February 3, UCLA @ Hawaii, 2:05 p.m. PST

Next Week:
Tuesday, February 6, LMU @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m. PST
Friday, February 9, UNLV @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, February 10, UNLV @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m. PST
Sunday, February 11, UNLV @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m. PST

Bruins vs. Rainbows: After falling in their opening game, the Bruins hope to bounce back in their three game series with the Rainbows. UCLA will play Thursday and Friday nights starting at 6:35 p.m., local time. The final game of the series is on Saturday at 1:05 local time. All three games can be heard on the internet at http://uhathletics.hawaii.edu. The game on Saturday is on local TV in Hawaii on KFVE-TV (Ch. 5). The Rainbows are 2-1 entering the series after their three game series with Sacramento State. Last year the Bruins opened their season in Hawaii, sweeping the Rainbows. Eric Reece hit for the cycle in the first game, becoming the first Bruin to hit for the cycle on opening day.

Tentative Starting Rotation:
Feb. 1, Josh Karp, Jr, RHP (0-0, 0.00, 2 IP) vs. Jeff Coleman, Jr, RHP (0-0, 0.00, 5.2 IP)
Feb. 2, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (0-0,4 IP) vs. Sean Yamashita, Jr, RHP (0-0, 0.00, 5.0 IP)
Feb.. 3, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (0-0, 0.1 IP) vs. Gavin Garrick (0-1, 11.97, 2.1 IP)

Scouting the Rainbow Warriors: The Rainbows are 2-1 so far this season after their season opening series with Sacramento State. Freshman shortstop Cortland Wilson had a two-out RBI in the bottom of the 11th inning to help the Rainbows win their season opener, 8-7. The second game was a little easier, using a four-run eighth inning to win 5-1. The Hornets finally got on track in game three, defeating the Rainbows 11-8. Matthew Purtell is hitting .462 and Gregg Omori is hitting .364. Right handed pitcher Sean Yamashita pitched five innings in the 5-1 win, striking out seven batters and did not allow a hit or walk. Last season, the Rainbows were 28-28 (15-15 in WAC). They finished fifth in their conference and return 19 letterwinners, losing 15.

Bruins Fall in Season Opener: UCLA lost its season opener 10-6 to UC Riverside on Saturday, January 27. Josh Karp pitched the first two innings for the Bruins, showing signs of things to come. He struck out three batters and did not allow a run. Jon Brandt entered in the third inning and put up some solid numbers, allowing only three earned runs in four innings. The returning hitters for the Bruins showed that they were ready to lead the 2001 team. Third baseman Randall Shelley was 3-4 and Matt Pearl was 3-5. Adam Berry was 2-4 with a triple and an RBI, and Josh Canales was 2-4 with two RBI. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth and a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh, but allowed four runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose the lead. Kevin Jerkens was credited with the loss after allowing three earned runs in the seventh inning. Paul Diaz was impressive in the eighth inning, not allowing a hit, but it was not enough as the Highlanders held on for the win.

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      .250, 0, 01B    Eric Reece       Sr.*    .400, 0, 02B    Ryan Rasmussen   Jr.      .000, 0, 1SS    Josh Canales     Sr.     .500, 0, 23B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .750, 0, 0LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .500, 0, 1CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .600, 0, 1RF    Ben Francisco    So.      .000, 0, 0DH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     DNP---------------------------------------------------------------------

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 866-701-7 (.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 985-713-12 (.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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