Baseball Opens Home Schedule
Feb. 6, 2001
Baseball Returns Home After Winning Hawaii Series
Tuesday, February 6, LMU @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9, UNLV @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, UNLV @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, UNLV @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13, UC Santa Barbara @ UCLA, 2:00
Friday, February 16, USC @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, USC @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, USC @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Bruins Open Home Schedule: After dropping their first two games of the season, the Bruins roared back with two big victories to end the Hawaii trip on a strong note. The hitting and pitching were both solid and every eligible player on the roster saw playing time against the Rainbows. The Bruins open their home season this Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. as they host the visiting Loyola Marymount Lions. The Lions also return to the mainland after a four game series with Hawaii-Hilo. After the midweek game, the Bruins host UNLV for a three game series starting Friday night at 5:00 p.m. Games two is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and the final game of the series is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Sunday game can be heard on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Play-by-play will be done by Jeff Blank and former Bruin Cassidy Olson will provide the color commentary. Additionally, the first two games can be heard through the UNLV website at www.unlvrebels.com.
After Dropping Game One, Bruins Batter Rainbows: The Bruins scored a combined 36 runs in the three games in Hawaii. Although the Bruins did lose a substantial amount of talent to the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, the 2001 Bruins showed that there was still plenty of offensive power left in Westwood. They finished up a successful first series by sweeping the last two games against Hawaii by a combined score of 28-5. After a disappointing 9-8 loss in the first game of the series, the Bruins came in Game two on fire, scoring nine runs in the first inning and forcing the Rainbows to go to their bullpen before UCLA had gone through its lineup. Not only was starter Bobby Roe effective, giving up only three runs in six innings, but relievers Wade Clark and Brandon Averill only gave up one hit in the final three innings. Ben Francisco was one home run away from hitting for the cycle and Matt Pearl was a perfect 4-4 at the plate. Josh Arhart was 3-5 with three runs scored and Eric Reece hit his first home run of the season, a line drive over the right field wall. Game three was a similar all-around effort as the Bruins crushed the Rainbows for the second day, 12-2. Senior Jon Brandt allowed only three hits and one run in five innings, and left the game with UCLA leading 10-1. Four Bruins doubled and freshman Casey Janssen made his first collegiate at bat a memorable one, hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning.
Tentative Starting Rotation:
Feb. 6, Mike Davern, Fr., RHP (0-0, 0.00, 2.0 IP)
Feb. 9, Josh Karp, Jr., RHP (0-0, 1.29, 7.0 IP, 9K)
Feb. 10, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (1-0, 4.00, 9.0 IP, 7K)
Feb. 11, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (1-0, 7.11, 6.1 IP, 7K)
Scouting the Lions: The Lions are 5-0 after starting the season with a 7-3 win over Cal State Northridge and a four game sweep of Hawaii-Hilo. Offensively, the Lions are led by freshman infielder Mark Carroll who is hitting .667 in six at bats. Three of the five LMU pitchers that have recorded a win have an ERA of 0.00. The Lions have allowed just 12 earned runs so far this year, scoring 27 in the process. Senior Jeff Walker has hit two home runs this season and has 13 total bases. C.J. Wilson leads the team in RBI with seven.Last season, the Lions finished 40-19 and advanced to the Regionals of the NCAA Tournament. They won the West Coast Conference with a record of 22-8 and are led by Frank Cruz. He holds a 133-109-1 career record.
Scouting the Hustlin' Rebels: UNLV is 2-1 after a three game series with Washington State last weekend. After winning the first two games 9-7 and 10-9, the Cougers finally won Game three 7-6. The Rebels are led by Trent Kitsch who is hitting .444 with four hits, a double, two triples and six RBI. John Cruz is hitting .364 with four hits, six runs and three RBI. On the mound, Robbie Van has the lowest ERA among the starters, coming in with a 4.50 ERA in six innings pitched (3 ER, 5 K). The UNLV defense has committed eight errors in its three games this season. The Hustlin' Rebels were 24-33 last year and finished fifth in the MWC. Last year, the Bruins won two of three games in Las Vegas. The Hustlin' Rebels are led by head coach Rod Doesby who has a 108-123 career record.
2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)
Pos. Player Class 2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C Josh Arhart Jr. .333, 0, 01B Eric Reece Sr.* .438, 1, 62B Ryan Rasmussen Jr. .222, 0, 2SS Josh Canales Sr. .273, 0, 33B Randall Shelley Jr. .312, 0, 2LF Adam Berry Jr.* .412, 1, 7CF Matt Pearl Sr. .529, 0, 6RF Ben Francisco So. .333, 0, 5DH Brian Baron Sr.* .636, 0, 3---------------------------------------------------------------------
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. In the first 26 years, Adams 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. Before the 2001 season, Adams' career record was 1,054-769-12 (.578). 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.