Baseball Takes On No.1 Stanford This Weekend
April 5, 2001
Friday, April 6, UCLA @ Stanford, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, UCLA @ Stanford, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, UCLA @ Stanford, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10, UCLA @ San Diego State, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, Washington @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13, Washington @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, Washington @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Bruins Take on Cardinal: The Bruins will play Pac-10 opponent Stanford in a three-game series starting on Friday. Last year, the Bruins won game one of the series to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title in Palo Alto. Game time on Friday is at 6:00 p.m., while the two weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. All three games can be heard live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com. Jeff Blank will be providing play-by-play, and Brian Criss will be doing the color.
Bruins Defeat Pepperdine: Twenty-five hours after the Bruins returned home from Pullman, strong pitching by Bruin starter Paul Diaz and impressive hitting led UCLA past Pepperdine, 11-3 on Tuesday. Brian Baron finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBI, while Preston Griffin was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3. The Waves put a run on the board in the first, as Jared Pitney drove home Tony Garcia with a double. The Bruins couldn't get on the board until the third, when the Bruins picked up their first hit of the game. Griffin singled, and a perfect Canales bunt down the third base line put runners at first and second. Matt Pearl sent Griffin home with a single, and Canales and Pearl both scored on a two RBI double by Baron. The Waves tacked on a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Bruins responded by extending the lead to 5-3 in the fifth, as Francisco scored on another Baron double. Diaz pitched well for UCLA in his first start of the season. Over 5.0 innings, he allowed only six hits and two runs to pick up his first win of the year. Mike Kunes relieved Diaz in the sixth, allowing one run on two hits. He left the game with runners at first and third and two outs in the seventh, but Kevin Jerkens came in to strike out Danny Garcia to end the threat. The Bruins put the game out of reach in the seventh, scoring three runs. Francisco walked, and scored on a Baron single. Adam Berry hit an RBI double to left center, and scored on a wild pitch. Francisco helped put the final three runs on the board, hitting a three run bomb over the left field wall, scoring Griffin and Pearl.
Late Inning Comebacks Lead Bruins Over Cougars: Things started well in Pullman for the Bruins. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings but the Cougars fought back and got the win with a run in the bottom of the ninth. UCLA pulled out two late inning victories in the last two games of the series with defeating the Cougars 13-10 in game one of the doubleheader, and 10-9 in game two. The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Cougars answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Each team scored a run in the second, and the Bruins extended their lead to 7-5 in the third. But the Cougars scored four runs in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. The Bruins tied it up in the seventh on a two RBI double by Josh Arhart. The charge continued in the ninth, as the Bruins scored four runs on four hits to take a 13-9 lead. Highlights include an RBI single by Preston Griffin, and a two RBI double by Josh Canales. The Cougars scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but winning pitcher Mike Kunes forced Evan Hecker to hit the ball to left field for the final out of the game. Griffin had a great game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Arhart finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Adam Berry went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Game two started differently than the first two for the Bruins. Cougar starter Zach Fisher was able to quiet the Bruin bats, allowing only two hits through the first six innings. The Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead after six innings. The Bruins started their comeback in the seventh. UCLA scored seven runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, to cut the Cougar lead to 9-7. The Bruins tacked on three more runs in the eighth. Freshman Casey Janssen had a double, while Josh Canales and Matt Pearl had RBI singles to give the Bruins their first lead of the day at 10-9. Wade Clark picked up his second win of the season by shutting the Cougar offense down. He went 5.0 innings, allowed just one unearned run and struck out three. Pearl, Canales and Brian Baron each had two hits for UCLA, while Shane Miranda had a two RBI single and scored in his first at-bat of the series.
UCLA Successful After Finals Break: UCLA took an 11 day break from competition for finals, but came back to win two of three games in a three day span. It started with a 9-6 win over Cal State LA. The Bruins took a 5-3 lead after four innings, and the Golden Eagles closed the gap to 5-4. UCLA extended the lead to 6-4 after six, but Cal State LA tied it up at 6-6 after the top of the eighth. The Bruins answered in the eighth, scoring three runs, including a two RBI double by Eric Reece, to take a 9-6 advantage. The next day against Cal State Northridge, the Bruins picked up their first win at Northridge since 1995, by putting together some late inning runs. The Matadors took a quick 3-0 lead, but the Bruins closed the lead to 3-2 in the third. They would stay behind until the top of the eighth, when UCLA scored two runs without a single hit. The Matadors had three errors that allowed the Bruins to take a 4-3 lead. They tacked on another run in the top of the ninth, and held on after Northridge made an attempt at a comeback. Three days of non-conference games in a row showed its signs as the Bruins fell to San Diego, 9-3. The Toreros took a quick 9-0 lead after four innings, but Paul Diaz came in to stop the bleeding, as he pitched three innings of one-hit shutout ball. The Bruins scored a run in the fifth, and two more in the eighth, but the nine run margin was too much for the resilient Bruins.
Bruins Succeed in Non-Conference: The Bruins won two games before finals, defeating Cal State Northridge and Purdue. The Bruins scored eight runs in the bottom of the second en route to a 12-7 win over Cal State Northridge. Mike Kunes got the start for UCLA and pitched well through 3.1 innings. He got the first three batters of the game to fly out on five pitches. He allowed only hit in the second, but struck out Jeremy Hanson and forced Tim Coltey to fly out to end the inning. The second inning was where the Bruins opened up the game. Highlights of the eight run inning include doubles by Randall Shelley and Eric Reece, hits by Adam Berry, Josh Arhart and Matt Pearl, three walks and a hit batter. All batters except for one reached base and scored in the inning. The Matadors scored three runs in the third, while the Bruins would post single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Cal State Northridge scored three runs in the top of the eighth but the Bruins still held a 11-7 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Arhart had a career day, capped off by his first UCLA home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning. He went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI. Berry also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and another solo home run. Preston Griffin has been showing maturity at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Kunes (1-0) allowed just one earned run and five hits. Paul Diaz pitched well, allowing only three hits through 2.2 innings.
Every Bruin in the lineup got a hit, and reliever Kevin Jerkens allowed two hits in 3.2 innings of relief to lead the Bruins to a 10-6 victory over Purdue. Adam Berry led the way at the plate, needing only a single to hit for the cycle. The Boilermakers took a quick 1-0 lead on the second pitch of the game when Dave Blomberg hit a solo home run, but UCLA responded by pounding Boilermaker ace Ben Quick in the bottom of the inning. The Bruins started the game withthree straight doubles by Matt Pearl, John Campanella and Brian Baron. Eric Reece had an RBI single, and Randall Shelley hit the fourth double of the inning to score Baron. Josh Canales' single sent Shelley home for a 5-1 lead after one. The Boilermakers scored a run in the second and three more in the third, before reliever Wade Clark came in to stop the Purdue offense. Clark allowed just one run in 3.0 innings of relief. His one run in the fifth allowed the Boilermakers to take their first lead of the game, 6-5, but the Bruins quickly answered in the bottom of the inning, as Josh Arhart had an RBI double to send Shelley home to tie the game. Jerkens (3-1) entered the game in the sixth with two men on and one out, but forced a ground out and a fly ball to end the inning. He allowed only two hits for the rest of the game, and kept the Boilermakers on their toes in his longest outing of the season. The Bruins took command of the game in the sixth, as Berry hit a solo shot over the left field wall. Reece would walk and later score to give UCLA an 8-6 lead. The Bruins would extend that lead to 10-6 in the seventh, as Berry drove in Campanella and Baron with a two-out triple to the right field corner.
Bruins Take One Game Against Wildcats: UCLA won game one of the three-game Pac-10 series with Arizona, but could not repeat the late inning heroics in the last two games. In Game one, Josh Karp pitched well, allowing only five hits and two unearned runs in eight innings. Ben Francisco played a part in all three runs, scoring two, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth, and driving in one. Adam Berry was up to his usual heroics, driving a ball through the left side of the infield that allowed Francisco to score from second. The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but only one of the runs was earned. The Bruins could not get any runs until the eighth inning when they scored four, but it was not enough. Preston Griffin and Josh Canales were both 2-for-3 and Francisco was 2-for-5. Jon Brandt suffered the loss for the Bruins, despite giving up only one earned run. Sunday's game ended with the same result as Saturday. The Bruins scored three runs in the first four innings, but the Cats put up five runs through six. Griffin hit a solo home run in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4, but uncharacteristically, the relief pitching allowed three runs in the top of the ninth. Down 9-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bruins just couldn't score more than Randall Shelley's two run home run.
Tentative Starting Rotation:
April 6, Josh Karp, Jr, RHP (2-0, 3.09, 57K) vs. Jeremy Guthrie, RHP (7-0, 1.31, 58K)
April 7, Jon Brandt (3-2, 4.68, 38K) vs. Jeff Bruksch, RHP (6-0, 2.69, 54K)
April 8, TBA vs. TBA
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 883-708-7 (.555) 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 2-0 3.09 46.2 IP 57K 16 ER/28 R
The Preseason All-American has been showing the scouts why he is projected as one of the top three draft eligible collegiate players. In the Pac-10 opener against Arizona, he allowed only five hits through eight innings, his longest outing of the season. He struck out six and allowed only two unearned runs. Against Tulane, he allowed only one hit through six innings, and struck out eight 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. Karp is working his way up the UCLA career strikeout list. He currently has 226 strikeouts in 2-plus years, putting him in 10th place all time. He needs just one more win to tie Tim Leary in 10th place on the wins list with 21, and is tied with Gary Robson and Randy Hennis in 10th place with 38 starts.
Jon Brandt 3-2 4.68 42.1 IP 38K 22ER/31R
Brandt has provided the Bruins with consistent pitching deep into games. In his first Pac-10 start against Arizona, Brandt allowed just one earned run through 5.2 innings. 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. Brandt is currently in 8th place in career strikeouts with 247, and should make his way onto the top 10 of several career categories as the season progresses: wins, appearances, games started, and innings pitched.
Bobby Roe 3-2 7.18 31.1 IP 21K 25ER/32R
Roe completes the starting rotation. He started the season strong, but has struggled some lately, allowing seven earned runs in 4.0 innings at Washington State last weekend. He has picked up three wins and went six innings in his first two starts. In the Pac-10 opening series against Arizona, he pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs. 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. Like the other experienced members of the starting rotation, Roe is working his way into the UCLA record books. With 77 career appearances, he is already in 6th place on that list.
Brian Baron .521 62H 26R 25RBI 6 SO .630 SLG %
The redshirt senior designated hitter is second in the nation in batting average as of April 1 He's hitting a team and league -high .521 and leads the team in hits. He has been perfect in two games this season, going 4-for-4 against Hawaii (2/1) and Loyola Marymount (2/6). He has reached base safely in all 28 games he has played and has had multiple hits in 19 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 six times in 119 at bats this season. Dating back to the 1999 season, Baron had a 21 game hitting streak that ended on March 13 against Cal State Northridge when he went 0-1 with three walks and a sac fly. He is currently on an eight game hitting streak, and went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI on Tuesday against Pepperdine. He has had six four-hit games.
Eric Reece .279 34H 25R 29 RBI 11 2B .459 SLG %
After a strong start, the senior firsr baseman has struggled at the plate 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. His average was as high as .371 in early March, but he has only picked up three hits in the last six games. He leads the team in RBI and doubles.
Josh Canales .350 35H 14R 12 RBI 5 SH .420 SLG%
The senior second baseman has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .350 in 26 games this season. He is currently on a 13 game hitting streak, dating back to March 6. Since that time, he has raised his average from .283 to .350. He went 3-4 against LMU and was a perfect 3-3 in game one of the UNLV series. He started the season at shortstop, but moved to second base for the North Carolina series and has been there ever since. In the weekend series with the Wildcats, he went 6-for-10 with a double. He has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games and leads the team in sacrifice hits. He has recorded multiple hits in four of his last five games.
Preston Griffin .310 22H 13R 15RBI .423SLG % 2 HR
The freshman shortstop has improved dramatically at the plate and in the field as he has gotten more experience this season. He has raised his batting average 143 points since March 9 and has only committed one error in the last eight games after having four in his first four full time starts. He started three games before entering the lineup full time in North Carolina. He picked up his first collegiate home run against the Tar Heels, a grand slam in the 12-2 win. He had two hits in each of the final two games of the series with Arizona, including a solo home run. He picked up eigth hits and four RBI in the last four games, including a 4-for-5 game at Washington State and a perfect 3-for-3 day against Pepperdine.
Randall Shelley .274 29H 25R 8RBI 16BB 6 2B
The junior third baseman has been a steady hitter all season, reaching base safely in 23 of the 29 games and picking up a hit in 19 of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in 19 of the 29 games 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. He hit his first home run of the year against Atizona (3/11).
Josh Arhart .339 20H 13R 10RBI .441 SLG%
Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot, and Arhart has started 14 of the 29 games and has appeared in 21. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in 11 of the 14 games he has started and has scored 12 runs. He scored the game winning run in the 14 inning, 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara. He had a great game against Cal State Northridge (3/13) when he went 3-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and his first UCLA home run. He went 3-for-5 with four RBI against WSU (4/1) and 2-for-3 against Pepperdine (4/3). His .339 average is a season-high.
Casey Grzecka .278 15H 5R 13RBI 4 2B 1 HR
Grzecka has started 15 games and appeared in 18. He hit an RBI double in his first at-bat of the season at Hawaii. He has been close to perfect behind the plate, only committing one error in 119 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. He hit his first home run of the season against LMU (3/6), going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI on the day. He was a perfect 4-for-4 in game one against WSU.
Adam Berry .275 33H 25R 28RBI 5 HR .492 SLG%
The junior outfielder has been a clutch hitter so far this season. He has started 28 of 29 games in left field and has hit safely in 20 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 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. He drove in the game winning run in the 3-2 victory over Arizona in the Pac-10 opener. He was a single away from hitting for the cycle against Purdue and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games. He went 6-for-16 with 6 runs and 4 RBI in the series with WSU.
Matt Pearl .315 39H 26R 24RBI 3 HR .460 SLG%
The senior center fielder has been a solid leadoff batter all season. He has 14 multiple hit games. 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 27 of 29 games and leads the team in walks (19). 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. Since March 2, he has raised his batting average from a season-low .286 back up to .315 and has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games.
Ben Francisco .308 36H 29R 25RBI 4 HR
The sophomore right fielder has provided the Bruins with some big hits. 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. He had an outstanding series against Arizona, going 7-for-14 with three runs, two RBI and two doubles. He played a role in all three runs in the 3-2 win over the Cats, scoring two, including the game-winner, and driving in another. He went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs in game one against WSU, and has hit safely in 14 of the last 16 games.
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