UCLA Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play at Washington
March 29, 2006
UCLA at Washington - Husky Ballpark, March 31 at 6:30 p.m., Hector Ambriz, RHP (4-3, 3.15) vs. Tim Lincecum, RHP (5-2, 2.25)
UCLA at Washington - Husky Ballpark, April 1 at 2 p.m., Dave Huff, LHP (3-2, 2.89) vs. Tyler Cheney, LHP (1-3, 5.45)
UCLA at Washington - Husky Ballpark, April 2 at 1 p.m., Tyson Brummett, RHP (4-3, 3.92) vs. TBA
Get After It: The UCLA baseball team (15-11) kicks off the Pacific-10 Conference schedule with a series at Washington (18-10) this weekend starting Friday, March 31. The Bruins are still riding a current five-game winning streak after having their game at UC Riverside on Tuesday suspended due to rain.
UC Riverside Recap: For right now, let's just pretend Tuesday's game never happened. UCLA's game at UC Riverside on March 28 was suspended in the top of the fourth inning due to rain. The Bruins were leading the Highlanders 6-3 in the fourth before the game was halted because of precipitation. The game will be resumed on Tuesday, May 2 at 5 p.m.
About the Huskies: The University of Washington Huskies enter this weekend's series with an 18-10 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. The Huskies dropped two games in a three game series at California to open up conference play. The Huskies have lost three of their last four games, and five of their last eight, but own an 8-3 record at Husky Ballpark. As a team, UW hits .288 (288-999) at the plate with 45 home runs, tops in the Pac-10, 186 RBI, 202 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases in 40 attempts. Five different Huskies own 20 or more RBI already on the season, led by Matt Lane's 30, and three players boast seven or more home runs, led by Zach Clem's 10. The Husky pitching staff owns a 5.49 team ERA, which is bottoms in the Pac-10, with 209 strikeouts in 249.0 innings of work, while limiting the opposition to a .259 batting average. UW ace Tim Lincecum is first in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (77) and opposing batting average (.170). Head Coach Ken Knutson enters his 14th year at the helm of the Husky program.
The Washington-UCLA Series: UCLA leads the all-time series with UW 24-13, but the Huskies have won the last three after sweeping the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium last season. UCLA last played in Seattle in 2004 when the Bruins took two of three games from the Huskies.
Pac This: UCLA has not opened the Pac-10 Conference schedule on the road since 2002. The last time UCLA opened the Pac-10 slate with a series win on the road was in 2001 when the Bruins took two of three games at Washington State.
Jinx Please: UCLA had its game on Tuesday at UC Riverside suspended due to rain. Ironically, the Bruins travel this weekend to Seattle, the one city in the United States where it rains 365 days a year.
March Madness: UCLA has played its best baseball of the season so far in the month of March. The Bruins are currently 9-2 in the month, a drastic improvement from last season when they went winless in March with a 0-8 mark.
Get Ready For Some Long Balls: UCLA and UW meet this week fittingly as the two teams in the Pac-10 Conference that hit and give up the long ball the most. UW leads the conference with 45 home runs, ahead of second-place UCLA with 31 bombs. On the mound, however, Washington is last in the conference giving up 31 home runs on the season while UCLA is second to last with 16 home runs allowed.
Road Warriors: UCLA has won its last four-consecutive road games, a first for the Bruins since the 2002 season. The Bruins are 6-4 on the road so far this season.