Baseball Hosts UC Irvine and California
April 26, 2005
UCLA (8-28, 0-9) vs.
UC Irvine (21-16, 4-5 Big West) - April 26 - Jackie Robinson Stadium - 6 PM
California (26-18, 7-8 Pac-10) - April 29 - May 1 - Jackie Robinson Stadium - 7/6/1 PM
Projected Bruin Starters
LF Will Penniall (5-11, 180, S/R, So.)
SS Tommy Lansdon (6-0, 165, R/R/ So.)
DH Matt Sharp (6-0, 205, L/R, Sr.)
1B Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/R, Jr.)
C Chris Denove (6-1, 200, R/R, Jr.)
2B Sean Carpenter (6-0, 170, R/R, Jr.)
RF Chris Jensen (6-2, 195, L/R, Jr.)
CF Josh Roenicke (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.)
3B Eric Taylor (6-1, 200, R/R, Sr.)
Leading Off: UCLA begins an eight-game home stand this Tuesday against a hot UC Irvine squad and will then return to Pac-10 play this weekend against conference foe California. The Bruins, who have lost 24 of their last 25, are still looking for their first Pac-10 victory of the season after suffering consecutive conference series sweeps to Arizona, USC and Arizona State. Tuesday's non-conference matchup against the Anteaters will pit Head Coach John Savage against his former team for the first time. Savage was the head coach at UCI from 2002 to 2004 before taking over for the retired Gary Adams last July.
This Week on the Radio: All four games this week will be carried live on the internet via uclaBruins.com with Danny Lee and Darren Preston on the call. Fans may also follow all the action for free using CollegeSports GameTracker.
Trio Gets Hot But Bruins Fall: Josh Roenicke (5-for-11), Chris Jensen (7-for-17), and Sean Carpenter (6-for-15) hit a combined .418 over four games last week but the Bruins could not muster a victory as they fell to San Diego State, 9-6 on Tuesday and were then swept at the hands of Pac-10 opponent Arizona State over the weekend. UCLA was outscored 47-21 in the four contests, including a 38-15 disparity in the three games against ASU. Jensen launched his second and third home runs of the season against the Sun Devils and Tommy Lansdon picked up his first career triple against the Aztecs. On the mound, only 35 of the 47 runs allowed by Bruin pitchers were earned.
Meet the Teams: UC Irvine will enter this Tuesday's matchup with a 21-16 overall record and are winners of five straight. The Anteaters have been led by Mark Wagner's .355 clip at the plate, followed by Jaime Martinez' team-leading 27 RBI. Three players, Wagner, Martinez and Cody Cipriano, are tied for the team lead with three home runs. UCI's team ERA is 3.56 and the staff has hurled two shutouts while compiling a nearly 3 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Last weekend, Irvine defeated No. 5 Arizona twice before downing Sacramento State on Sunday. Meanwhile, Cal will enter this weekend's Pac-10 series after a midweek matchup with UC Davis. Coming into the week, the Golden Bears held a 26-18 record and a 7-8 conference mark. Brennan Boesch leads the squad with a .383 batting average and seven home runs. John Satin is right behind with a .379 clip and a team-high 30 RBI. Eric Dworkis, Cal's scheduled Sunday pitcher, is coming off a complete game, four-hit shutout over USC.
CJ Is Back: Junior outfielder Chris Jensen, who had been sidelined since opening day with a hamstring injury, made his full time return to the UCLA lineup last week and broke out in a big way. Jensen batted .500 (7-for-14) with a three runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBI in his first four games back. Against UCSB on April 16, Jensen guided the Bruins to their first win in 20 games with a 4-for-5 day at the plate and was just a triple short of the cycle. Against San Diego State on April 19, Jensen went off again with two doubles and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Then last weekend against ASU, Jensen slugged home runs runs number two and three and hit a .412 over the three games. Jensen struck out in his first at-bat of the year, a pinch-hit appearance on opening day, and then struck out in his second at-bat, another pinch-hitting appearance on April 12 against LMU. In his four games as a starter, Jensen is 10-for-18 (.550).
Hector's High Honors: All-America candidate Hector Ambriz has lived up to his billing so far this season. The sophomore, one of several players added to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List in March, is leading UCLA on the mound and at the plate. Ambriz is batting a team high .340 with 33 hits and has posted a team-best 4.48 ERA through 11 starts. He is averaging just under six innings per start while also contributing eight multi-hit games at the plate. His .455 on-base percentage also tops the squad.
Beck-oning for a W: UCLA senior right-hander Bryan Beck has fallen to an undeserving 0-7 this season after coming into the year with a 5-5 career mark. Beck has lasted at least six innings in six of his nine starts this season. His overall ERA of 5.76 is third and his innings pitched mark (54.2) and strikeouts (37) are second.
The Loveable Lefty: Paul Oseguera, last Tuesday's starting pitcher against San Diego State made his first career start and just his fourth career appearance in his outing against the Aztecs. A junior, Oseguera has battled back from three successive injuries dating back to his senior year in high school just to be able to take the mound in 2005. Oseguera underwent Tommy John surgery prior to his freshman year at UCLA, then was sidelined as a sophomore after more surgery to remove scar tissue and then broke his collar bone last summer prior to this season's fall practice. He made his collegiate debut with a scoreless 1.2 innings pitched on March 6 against Cal State Fullerton. He earned his first career save last Saturday in UCLA's 9-8 win over UC Santa Barbara.
Will the Thrill: UCLA had no clear lead off hitter entering the season but sophomore Will Penniall has accepted the role with open arms. The left fielder is hitting .282, leads the team with three triples and has reached base in 20 of 53 lead off at-bats (.373). The sophomore from La Canada also leads the Bruins with ten stolen bases in 12 attempts. Penniall has also displayed finesse in left field as he has posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 53 putouts through 36 games played. Penniall also leads the team with 11 multi hit games.
B-Mac Attack: Junior first baseman Brett McMillan leads UCLA with 22 RBI. The interesting part about that number is that 12 of those RBI have come from just three games. McMillan has posted an unprecedented three, four-RBI performances with half of the season left to play. McMillan first did it against Cal State Northridge on February 13 and then blasted grand slams against Pacific (2/25) and Texas A&M (3/11). He picked up the game-winning RBI in UCLA's streak-breaking 9-8 win over UC Santa Barbara on April 16.
That Kid From Goleta: Sophomore transfer Tommy Lansdon has overcome a shaky start at UCLA and welcomed his position as the Bruins' starting shortstop. The former Oxnard CC infielder from Goleta, California, is second on the squad with a .293 batting average and launched his first career home run on April 1 against Arizona. Lansdon has committed just three errors in his last 12 games.
I Feel The Need... The Need For Speed: UCLA is 39 of 51 in stolen base attempts. Before Brett McMillan was thrown out attempting to steal third in the fifth inning against SDSU, UCLA had stolen ten straight bags without being caught. UCLA has stolen third base 11 times.
Bullpen Blues: While opponents' bullpens have posted a measly 2.52 ERA against UCLA this season, the Bruins' relief core has not fared so well. Bruins out of the bullpen have posted a 7.17 ERA against a 5.62 ERA by UCLA starters. However, Bruin relievers have been on call quite a bit this season, averaging just under 3.2 innings of work per game.
No Repeat: The last time UCLA opened Pac-10 play with a sub-.500 record was in 2002. In that season, UCLA entered conference action against California with a 13-17 mark and ultimately finished 26-35 (9-15).
Early Birds: The Bruins have scored in the first inning in 13 of 36 games this season and have posted a total 24 runs in that first frame. In fact, UCLA is outscoring its opponents 64-59 in the first three innings but then begin to fall off. From the fourth inning on, UCLA is being outscored 196-94 including a 57-20 disparity in the fifth inning alone.