Baseball Hosts Tulane In Three Game Non Conference Series

Feb. 21, 2001

No. 24 Bruins Host Tulane: After taking one of the three games from USC last weekend and defeating Pepperdine on Tuesday, the Bruins continue with their non conference games this weekend. They are ranked 24th in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll this week. On Friday, the No. 16 Tulane Green Wave will come to Southern California for a three-game non conference series. Friday's game starts at 5:00 p.m, while the weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's game can be heard on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Jeff Blank will be providing the play-by-play, while Brian Criss and Cassidy Olson will be doing the color. Friday and Saturday's game can be heard on the Tulane website at www.tulanegreenwave.com.

Scouting the Green Wave: Tulane is 10-2 after losing two of three games to Pepperdine last weekend. Before the weekend series, the Green Wave had won its first eight games. In its first 11 games, Tulane has outscored its opponents, 87-54. It swept series' with Sam Houston State and Temple, and won single games against Southeastern and Louisiana-Lafayette. Offensively, the Green Wave is led by Jake Gautreau who is hitting .525 with three home runs, five doubles, and 15 RBI. He has a .925 slugging percentage. Matt Groff is hitting .450, and Jon Kaplan is hitting .375. The Green Wave pitching staff is allowing 3.43 earned runs per game. Matt Foster (1-1) has pitched 13.0 innings and has a 2.08 ERA with 17 strikeouts. Beau Richardson (2-0) has a 3.31 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

Bruins Win One Game Against Trojans: Strong pitching and timely hitting lead the Bruins to a spectacular 4-3 win over USC on Friday night. Josh Karp started on the mound for the Bruins and he pitched well, allowing three runs on four hits through six innings. Rashad Parker was able to score UCLA's first run of the game in the third inning, but the Bruins would remain scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. Brian Baron started the inning with a single, and Randall Shelley walked, putting two runners on base. With two outs and a 2-2 count, Adam Berry hit a bomb over the wall in left center to give the Bruins their second come from behind victory in three days. Game two was a different story as Trojan pitcher Rik Currier limited the Bruins to two hits and no runs as the Bruins were shut out, 6-0. Game three was just as dramatic as game one, but this time the Trojans pulled out the heroics. The Bruins took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning, but allowed runs in the sixth and seventh inning to tie the score at 4-4. The Bruins had an excellent opportunity to score in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Randall Shelley popped up to second to strand the runners. USC's Michael Morales hit an RBI single in the top of the 11th to give the Trojans the 5-4 lead that would turn out to be the final score.

Balanced Bruins: The UCLA team is looking very balanced so far this season. The Bruins have outscored opponents 93-55. The team batting average is .284 with seven of the starters hitting above .300. The pitchers have been doing their part, allowing just 3.74 earned runs per game. They are allowing opposing batters to hit just .260.

Strong Relief Pitching: After looking a little shaky in the first two games, the Bruins relief pitching has been outstanding of late. During the Bruins' last 10 games, the relief pitchers have only allowed 10 runs in 43.1 innings of work.

Bruins Survive 14 Inning Showdown: Center fielder Matt Pearl hit a line drive to right field that scored Josh Arhart from second base to give the UCLA Bruins a 6-5 win in a 14 inning battle with UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night. The Bruins fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, and 4-0 after the fifth inning. Pearl hit a solo home run to right center to cut the lead to 4-1. In the eighth inning, Josh Canales singled to center field. Pearl doubled, sending Canales home to make the score 4-2 going into the ninth inning. Brian Baron singled to center field to start the inning. Eric Reece walked to put runners at first and second. Baron's pinch runner, Christian Lewis, advanced to third on an Adam Berry fielder's choice, and was sent home with a Casey Grzecka RBI single to right field. With Berry at third and Grzecka at second, UC Santa Barbara pitcher Jared Schumaker tripped as he was throwing a pitch to John Campanella. He fell forward, still holding the ball, and the umpires ruled that he balked. The balk sent Berry home, tying the game at 4-4. The game remained scoreless in the 10th inning, but Schumaker attempted to make up for the balk by hitting an RBI single that scored Ryan Spilborghs to give the Gauchos a 5-4 lead. But the Bruins answered again. Rashad Parker tripled to center field, and Berry hit a dribbler right in front of pitcher Jamie Gonzales. Gonzales was able to throw Berry out at first, but Parker scooted in behind him to tie the game again. Doug Silva entered the game for the Bruins the 13th inning with a runner on base. He was able to strike out all five batters he faced to keep the game tied at five each. Arhart started the 14th inning with a single through the left side. After a Canales strike out, Pearl came up to bat. Arhart stole second during Pearl's at bat. Pearl hit a line drive into right field and Spilborghs throw to the plate was not in time to get Arhart coming home with the game winning run.

UCLA Sweeps UNLV: With strong pitching and timely hitting, the Bruins swept UNLV in their first home series of the season. Josh Karp started the game on Friday and pitched well, allowing two unearned runs in six innings while striking out eight. Kevin Jerkens relieved Karp in the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five. Matt Pearl hit a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth to help the Bruins to the win, 6-2. In Game two, Jon Brandt pitched eight solid innings, allowing two runs to pick up his second win. Eric Reece went 3-for-5 with five RBI. He finished the day one single short of the cycle, hitting a double, triple and two run home run in the 10-2 victory. The Bruins swept the series with an 11-2 win on Sunday. The Bruins scored 10 runs in the second inning to give starter Bobby Roe a nice cushion to work with. He responded by only allowing two runs through six innings, striking out five and allowing six hits. In the series, the Bruins outhit the Rebels 32-19 and allowed only four earned runs.

Baron Leads Bruins To Home Opener Victory: Brian Baron went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs to lead UCLA to a 10-6 win over LMU last Tuesday night. After LMU took a 3-0 lead in the third, UCLA roared back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Matt Pearl started the inning with a double, and a Ben Francisco walk put runners at first and second. Baron singled to center field, scoring Pearl. An RBI ground out by Randall Shelley scored Francisco, and an Eric Reece double brought Baron home to tie the game. Wade Clark entered the game in the fourth, and allowed three runs, five hits and struck out four in the five inning outing. In the sixth, a Baron double scored Francisco, and Reece had his second double of the game, driving in two more runs. He would score later in the inning on an error to give UCLA a 10-6 lead that they would hold on to. Chris Cordeiro picked up his first save of the season, while Josh Canales finished the day 3-4.

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. 23, Josh Karp, Jr., RHP (1-0, 1.89, 19.0 IP, 26K) vs. TBA
Feb. 24, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (2-1, 4.22, 21.1 IP, 20K) vs. TBA
Feb. 25, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (2-0, 4.32, 16.2 IP, 14K) vs. TBA

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      .296, 0, 0C     Casey Grzecka      Jr.      .192, 0, 31B    Eric Reece       Sr.*    .333, 2, 182B    Ryan Rasmussen   Jr.      .135, 0, 22B    Rashad Parker   Jr.      .190, 0, 3SS    Josh Canales     Sr.     .316, 0, 43B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .286, 0, 4LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .280, 2, 16CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .308, 2, 14RF    Ben Francisco    So.      .273, 1, 10DH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     .500, 1, 9---------------------------------------------------------------------

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.

A Look At....

Josh Karp: The Preseason All-American has been showing the scouts why he is projected as one of the top three draft eligible collegiate players. In his most recent start, he faced the biggest challenge of the season. He was matched up against Team USA teammate Mark Prior when the Bruins took on the Trojans. Although neither pitcher factored in the decision, Karp looked outstanding, giving up only three earned runs in six innings and striking out nine batters. Against UNLV, he picked up the first win of the season, going six innings and allowing only two unearned runs. He gave up just three hits and struck out eight UNLV batters. Against Hawaii, he allowed his only earned run of the season, but struck out six batters in five innings of work. He started the season opener againt UC Riverside, but only pitched two scoreless innings before resting his arm for the series with Hawaii.

Jon Brandt: Brandt has provided the Bruins with consistent pitching deep into games. He had a solid outing against hot-hitting USC, but suffered his first loss of the season. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five earned runs and struck out six batters. Against UNLV, Brandt pitched eight innings and allowed only two earned runs. He struck out seven batters and only four hits. The senior right hander threw five innings against Hawaii to pick up his first win of the season. He gave up one earned run and struck out four in that game.

Bobby Roe: Roe completes the starting rotation and has been solid all year. He has picked up two wins and went six innings in two of his three starts. Last weekend against USC, he went 4.1 innings and gave up one earned run and allowed three hits. Against Hawaii, he allowed three runs and struck out six, and against the Rebels, he allowed two runs, striking out five.

Brian Baron: The redshirt senior designated hitter has been the hottest Bruin bat this season. He's hitting a team-high .465 and leads the team in hits (20). He has been perfect in two games this season, going 4-for-4 against Hawaii (2/1) and Loyola Marymount (2/6). He has hit safely in all 11 games he has played and has had multiple hits in five of those games. He missed the first game against UC Riverside due to illness, but was 4-for-4 in his first game of the season against Hawaii. He hit his first home run of the season against UNLV, a solo shot to right field.

Eric Reece: The senior first baseman has been one of the biggest Bruin hitters lately. Two weeks ago, he was 7-for-15, with 10 RBI, five runs, four doubles, a triple and a home run. Against UNLV (2/10), he went 3 for 5 with 5 RBI. All three of his hits were extra base hits, as he finished the day with a double, a triple and a two run home run. Against LMU, he was 2 for 4 with four RBI and two doubles. He is second on the team in batting average, hitting .348 with a .652 slugging percentage. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (2), and leads the team in RBI (17) and doubles (6). He is second on the team in hits (16). He has had seven multi-hit games and has reached base safely in 10 of 12 games this season. He has an RBI in seven of the 12 games.

Ryan Rasmussen: The junior transfer from Riverside CC has struggled at the plate this season, but has been solid in the field, starting nine games at second base. He has not committed an error so far and is third on the team in assists (25). He had two two-hit games against Hawaii (2/1 and 2/3), hitting a double in the first game against the Rainbows. He stole a base against Hawaii.

Rashad Parker: The junior second baseman has split time with Ryan Rasmussen this season. He started two of the three games against USC last weekend and has started four games this season. He got a hit and scored one of the runs in UCLA's 4-3 win against USC.

Josh Canales: The senior shortstop has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .316 in ten games this season. He went 3-4 against LMU and was a perfect 3-3 in game one of the UNLV series. He hit a double and drove in two runs in the season opener against UC Riverside.

Randall Shelley: The junior third baseman has been a consistent hitter all season, reaching base safely in eight of the nine games and picking up a hit in seven of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in eight of the nine games UCLA has played this year and is second on the team in walks. He hit his first extra base hit on Sunday, a double.

Josh Arhart: Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot, and Arhart has started six of the 12 games. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in five of the six games and has scored seven runs. He scored the game winning run in the 14 inning, 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. After hitting a single, he stole second base and was able to score on Matt Pearl's line drive to right field to end the game.

Casey Grzecka: Grzecka got the nod for two of the three games last weekend against USC. The junior transfer from Long Beach State has started six games. He hit an RBI double in his first at-bat of the season at Hawaii. He has been perfect behind the plate, not committing an error in 51 chances. He hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning against UC Santa Barbara to make the score 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth before the Bruins would go on to tie the game and eventually win in the 14th inning.

Adam Berry: The junior outfielder has been a steady and consistently powerful hitter so far this season. He has started all 12 games in left field and has hit safely in eight games. Against USC on Friday, Berry was the hero, hitting a two-out three-run home run to give the Bruins the 4-3 win over the cross town rivals. He picked up two hits in each of the first three games of the season. He hit UCLA's first home run of the year in Hawaii, and hit a triple against UC Riverside. He went 3-4 with two doubles against UNLV (2/10) and had a two-RBI double in the 10-run second inning against the Rebels on Feb. 11. He scored the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and drove in another game tying run in the bottom of the 11th in the 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Matt Pearl: The senior center fielder is second on the team in hits (16) and third in RBI (14). All of the games that he has hit safely in, he has had multiple hits. He went 3-5 against UC Riverside, 4-4 (2/2) and 2-4 (2/3) against Hawaii, 2-4 against LMU, 2-4 against UNLV (2/9) and 3-5 against UCSB (2/14). He hit a three run home run that gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead en route to their 6-2 win over the Rebels (2/9). He has reached base safely in all 12 games and leads the team in walks (10). Against UCSB, he drove in three of UCLA's six runs, including the game winner in the 14th inning of the 6-5 win.

Ben Francisco: The sophomore right fielder started the season with a two game slump, but broke out of that in a hurry against Hawaii. In game two against the Rainbows, Francisco was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, after he went 4-5 with two doubles and a triple. He went 2-5 the next day with three RBI and two runs.

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 for Saturday and Sunday games, while Brian Criss will handle color for Friday games and road games. Here is a schedule of those games broadcast on the internet in 2001:

Date            Opponent           Location                  Time PSTFri., 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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