#20 Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play With Home Series Against Arizona

March 7, 2001

This Week:
Friday, March 9, Arizona @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, Arizona @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, Arizona @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.

Next Week:
Tuesday, March 13, Cal State Norhridge @ UCLA, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14, Purdue @ UCLA, 3:00 p.m.

Bruins Host Wildcats: After the fourth rain out in a week, the Bruins will attempt to start their Pac-10 schedule with a three game series with Arizona. All of the weekend games will be on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Jeff Blank will provide play by play, and Brian Criss and Cass Olson will be doing color. Friday's game will start at 6:00 p.m., while the two weekend games will start at 1:00 p.m.

Scouting the Wildcats: Arizona is 14-10 after going 1-2 at the Ole Miss Tournament.. The Wildcats lost to Southern Miss 14-4 in the first game of the Ole Miss Tournament, and lost a 17 inning marathon game, 5-4, to the host Rebels that extended over two days. They bounced back to defeat St. Francis (NY), 3-1, in the third game of the tournament. The Wildcats swept New Mexico and Texas A&M earlier in the season as part of a seven game winning streak. Offensively, the Wildcats are led by Ernie Durazo, who is hitting .380 with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 30 RBI. Erik Torrest is hitting .366 with seven doubles. Daryl DeSalvo leads the way on the mound, with a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched. Brian Pemble is 3-2 with 15 strikeouts. Sean Rierson has a 4.31 ERA and leads the team in strikeouts, along with Marc Kaiser, who is 4-2 in seven starts.

Bruins Split With Tar Heels: North Carolina and UCLA split a doubleheader Friday at Boshamer Stadium. Carolina pulled out a dramatic 8-7 win in 11 innings in Game 1, while UCLA rebounded with a 12-2 victory in the second contest. In Game 1, the Bruins and Tar Heels battled for nearly fourhours before Russ Adams' solo homer in the bottom of the 11th to right-center gave UNC the victory. The Tar Heels struggled to get anything going offensively early against Josh Karp, with Karp registering nine strikeouts through just four innings. But Ryan Blake's fifth-inning grand slam erased a 5-2 deficit and put UNC ahead 6-5. UCLA answered with a two-run homer from Eric Reece to jump back on top 7-6 in the seventh. Carolina responded with a run in the eighth to tie the game 7-7 on a two-out RBI double by Adam Greenberg. Doug Silva (1-2) went 2.0 innings and gave up just one run on one hit, the game-winner, for his second loss. Matt Pearl (3-for-5), Brian Baron (3-for-6), Reece (3-for-6) all had big game at the plate for UCLA. Pearl also had a home run for the Bruins. In the nightcap, UCLA jumped on Tar Heel starter Scott Manshack early en route to the 12-2 rout. Manshack (1-1) surrendered six runs on six hits in 2.0 innings for his first loss. Meanwhile, UCLA's Jon Brandt (3-1) rolled to his third victory of the season. Brandt went 8.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out nine. UCLA, which racked up 15 hits, notched one run in the first, three in the second, four in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead before Carolina got on the board on a two-run homer in the fifth. Preston Griffin's third-inning grand slam highlighted UCLA's early scoring barrage.

Bruins Win Game One With Tulane Before Rain Cancels Rest of Series: The Bruins defeated their third ranked opponent in seven days, winning game one against the Green Wave, 8-3. Josh Karp struck out eight batters and allowed only one hit through six innings to lead the Bruins to the victory. The Bruins allowed the three runs in the fourth, all unearned, but scored six runs in the sixth and added two more in the seventh for the winning margin. Karp got things started well for the Bruins, striking out four batters in the first three innings. However, in the fourth, the Bruin defense struggled and allowed Tulane to score three unearned runs. Tulane's starter Nick Bourgeois looked strong through five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs through five. But the Bruins made another comeback in the sixth. Brian Baron started the inning with a single through the left side and Adam Berry walked. Eric Reece singled through the left side, scoring Baron. A Randall Shelley walk loaded the bases again, and was enough to send Bourgeois to the showers. Casey Grzecka was hit by Andrew Corona's second pitch of the game, allowing Berry to score. Josh Canales blooped a single that dropped in front of center fielder Matt Groff to score Shelley. Matt Pearl picked up a walk, and in Baron's second at bat of the inning, he hit a two RBI single up the middle to give the Bruins a 6-3 advantage. Reece started the seventh with a double down the left field line. Shelley struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch. Grzecka hit his second double of the game to drive in Reece and Shelley to widen the lead, 8-3. Mike Kunes relieved Karp in the seventh and allowed only one hit to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out two batters and only walked one. With the strong outing, Karp picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Bruins Pull Out Another Ninth Inning Win: The Bruins scored two runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the 10th ranked Pepperdine Waves, 6-5, in non conference action last Tuesday. Adam Berry drove in Christian Lewis with a single to left field in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, and Bruin reliever Doug Silva struck out Jared Pitney with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win for the Bruins. UCLA starter Wade Clark allowed the Waves to take a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Bruins put their first run in the board in the fourth. Eric Reece doubled to left field. After the Reece double, Pepperdine pitcher Eric Valenzuela walked three straight batters, with Rashad Parker's walk sending Reece home for the Bruins' first run. The Waves took a 4-1 lead, but the Bruins respond in the top of the seventh with three runs. Freshman Preston Griffin started the inning with a single, and right fielder Ben Francisco hit his first home run of the season to cut the Wave lead to 4-3. Brian Baron singled in his next at bat, and after a Berry walk, pitcher Kevin Beavers balked to advance the runners to second and third. A Reece ground out sent Baron home to tie the game at 4-4. After Bruin reliever Paul Diaz allowed a run, freshman Casey Janssen came in and forced Pepperdine to ground out and strike out. Down 5-4 in the ninth, the Bruins put together another game winning rally. Francisco came up with his third hit of the game, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Baron hit a double to left center, sending Francisco home to the tie game. With Baron's pinch runner, Lewis, at second, Berry got his first hit of the game to score Lewis home for the go ahead run. The Waves put together a strong run in the bottom of the ninth, but outstanding relief pitching by Silva ended the threat. Silva entered the game with the bases loaded and one out, but forced Danny Garcia to line out to Griffin, and struck out Pitney to preserve the win and get his first save of the season. Kevin Jerkens picked up his second win of the season after pitching one inning and allowing two hits.

Strong Team Pitching: The Bruins have had outstanding pitching all season long. The team ERA is 3.60 with every pitcher having an ERA of 6.00 or less. The starters have been effective and the relievers, who for the most part were untested before this season, have been excellent. During the Bruins' last 14 games, the relief pitchers have only allowed 14 runs in 60.1 innings of work.

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.

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. 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.

Tentative Starting Rotation:
Mar. 9, Josh Karp, Jr., RHP (2-0, 2.40, 30.0 IP, 43K) vs. Marc Kaiser, Fr., RHP (4-2, 5.73, 35K, 37.2 IP)
Mar. 10, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (3-1, 3.68, 29.1 IP, 29K) vs. Sean Rierson, Fr., RHP (1-2, 4.31, 35K, 39.2 IP)
Mar. 11, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (3-0, 4.58, 19.2 IP, 15K) vs. Chris Goodman, Fr., RHP (2-1, 4.71, 25K, 36.1 IP)

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      .281, 0, 0C     Casey Grzecka    Jr.     .314, 1, 101B    Eric Reece      Sr.*    .352, 3, 232B    Josh Canales     Sr.     .283, 0, 6SS    Preston Griffin Fr.     .192, 1, 73B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .311, 0, 4LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .235, 2, 17CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .338, 3, 19RF    Ben Francisco    So.      .254, 1, 11DH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     .537, 1, 14---------------------------------------------------------------------

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. After the 2000 season, he was 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 878-705-7 (.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 1064-773-12 (.585). He played second base for the Bruins in 1959, 1960 and 1962. As a senior, he was selected as team captain and MVP.

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. Against Tulane, he allowed only one hit through six innings, and struck out eigth batters. He did not allow an earned run. Against USC, 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.

Jon Brandt: Brandt has provided the Bruins with consistent pitching deep into games. After the Bruins dropped game one to North Carolina, Brandt came out to limit the Tar Heels to four hits through eight innings. He struck out nine and walked only one. 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. With the numerous rain outs, Roe has not pitched since the February 18 meeting with USC. 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 .532 and leads the team in hits (33). 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 15 games he has played and has had multiple hits in nine 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. He went 4-5 with a run and an RBI against Pepperdine. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-8 in games against Tulane and Pepperdine (2/28). He has struck out only five times in 62 at bats this season.

Eric Reece: The senior first baseman has been one of the biggest Bruin hitters lately. During the week of February 6, 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 .357 with a .643 slugging percentage. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (3), and leads the team in RBI (22) and doubles (9). He is second on the team in hits (24). He has had nine multi-hit games and has reached base safely in 14 of 16 games this season. He has an RBI in 11 of the 16 games.

Josh Canales: The senior shortstop/second baseman has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .275 in 13 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. In the game against Tulane, he moved over to second base in the seventh inning, with freshman Preston Griffin taking over at short. He started the two games in North Carolina at second base.

Preston Griffin: The freshman shortstop has played in eight games, starting five, including the last two at North Carolina. He his hitting .217 with a home run and seven RBI. He started his first game in Hawaii. He entered the Tulane game in the seventh inning, and has been the starter at short ever since. He picked up his first collegiate home run against the Tar Heels, a grand slam in the 12-2 win.

Randall Shelley: The junior third baseman has been a consistent hitter all season, reaching base safely in 12 of the 14 games and picking up a hit in ten of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in 12 of the 16 games UCLA has played this year and is second on the team in walks. He went 3-for-3 with three runs in game 2 of the North Carolina series.

Josh Arhart: Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot, and Arhart has started seven of the 16 games. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in six of the seven games and has scored eight runs. He scored the game winning run in the 14 inning, 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara. 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 has started nine games, including the five of the last seven. 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 77 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. Against Tulane, he had two doubles and three RBI.

Adam Berry: The junior outfielder has been a clutch hitter so far this season. He has started all 16 games in left field and has hit safely in 10 games. Against USC (2/16), 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. He drove in the game-winning run in UCLA's 6-5 ninth inning victory over Pepperdine.

Matt Pearl: The senior center fielder is third on the team in hits (21) and RBI (17). 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 14 of 15 games and leads the team in walks (14). Against UCSB, he drove in three of UCLA's six runs, including the game winner in the 14th inning of the 6-5 win. After a five game slump, he broke out of that with a bang in North Carolina. In the two games, he went 5-for-8 with four runs, three RBI, two doubles and a home run.

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. He hit his first home run as a Bruin against Pepperdine, going 3-5 on the day with two runs and two RBI.

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., 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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