UCLA Takes On Pepperdine In Round Two Of Malibu Regional

June 2, 2006

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No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 1 Pepperdine - Malibu Regional, Eddy D. Field Stadium, June 3, 3 p.m., Dave Huff, LHP (7-3, 2.82) vs. Paul Coleman, LHP (7-5, 2.78)

Get After It: The No. 2-seeded UCLA baseball team (33-23, 13-10 Pac-10) takes on No. 1-seed Pepperdine (41-19, 15-6 WCC) in the second round of the Malibu Regional on Saturday, June 3 at 3 p.m. UCLA looks to stay unbeaten in the double-elimination regional, as the Bruins take on the Waves on their home turf.

Video/Radio/Live Stats: CSTV will provide a live video feed of the UCLA vs. Pepperdine game. Please use the link on www.uclabruins.com to access the live action of the game on the web. All of UCLA's action at the Malibu Regional can be heard live for free online at www.uclabruins.com. Danny Lee and Darren Preston will call the action for the Bruins. As always, you can follow the live statistics of the game online with CSTV's Game Tracker.

About the Malibu Regional: Pepperdine University plays host to the 2006 Malibu Regional, as Pepperdine hosts a NCAA baseball regional for the first time in school history. Eddy D. Field Stadium will be the site for all of the first-round action, as four of the top teams in the nation battle it out for a chance to advance to the Super Regionals. Pepperdine is the bracket's No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2- seed UCLA, No.-3 seed UC Irvine, and No. 4-seed Missouri.

Malibu Regional Game Schedule/Results:

Friday, June 2
Game 1 - No. 2 UCLA 3, No. 3 UC Irvine 2
Game 2 - No. 1 Pepperdine 3, No. 4 Missouri 2

Saturday, June 3
Game 3 - No. 3 UC Irvine vs. No. 4 Missouri; 11 a.m.
Game 4 - No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 1 Pepperdine; 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 4
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4; 11 a.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4; 3 p.m.

Monday, June 5
Game 7 - Championship Game (if necessary); 11 a.m.

Ticket Information: All-Tournament passes are $50 with single game adult tickets priced at $15. Seniors, youth and student tickets are $10. All-tournament passes can be purchased prior to Friday and will be available beginning Tuesday at www.PepperdineSports.com or by calling the Pepperdine ticket office at (310) 506-4935.

How The Bruins Got Here: UCLA finished the regular season with a 32-23 overall record, and a 13-10 Pac-10 mark to receive an No. 2-seed at-large berth into the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins finished third in the Pac-10 standings by a half game, and own a top-25 RPI rating, and a top-5 strength of schedule.

UCLA defeated UC Irvine, 3-2, in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday, June 2.

Good Looking Deal: UCLA makes the NCAA Tournament this season marking a remarkable turnaround from the 2005 season. The Bruins won 32 games this regular season, 17 more than the team achieved in 2005. Only two other tournament teams can boast a better season turnaround. St. Louis (32-27) and Jacksonville (42-17) won 19 more games this season then they did in 2005.

UCLA's Regional History: The Bruins are making their 12th NCAA Regional Championship appearance since 1975, and their first since 2004. In 2004, UCLA traveled to the Oklahoma City Regional and finished second in the bracket. UCLA has not played in a NCAA Regional Championship located in California since 1986, as the Bruins have made nine-consecutive postseason appearances out of state before this season. Since 1979, UCLA is 3-4 when playing in California during NCAA Regional competition.

Against The Malibu Regional Field: UCLA played both Pepperdine and UC Irvine twice during the 2006 regular season, going 3-1 in four games against the two schools. The Bruins split a home-and-home series with Pepperdine. UCLA beat the Waves at home 2-0 on Feb. 21, but lost to Pepperdine 6-1 at Eddy D. Field Stadium on March 7. UCLA swept UC Irvine in a home-and-home series, defeating the Anteaters 8-4 on May 16 at Anteater Ballpark, 10-1 on May 23 at Jackie Robinson Stadium, and knocked off UCI in the first round of the Malibu Regional, 3-2.

UCLA has not played Missouri since March 28, 1985, a 10-7 Bruin win over the Tigers in Riverside, Calif.

Against The 2006 NCAA Tournament Field: UCLA played 10 teams during the regular season that were selected among the NCAA tournament field of 64. The Bruins own a combined record of 16-12 against Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Arizona State, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Stanford, and NC State.

A Look at 2007: Not that UCLA is trying to get ahead of itself, but the Bruins will also have full plate next season. The Bruins will play a total of 25 games in 2007 against this year's NCAA Tournament field. UCLA will play 11 games next season against four teams that are No. 1 seeds in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will face Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Pepperdine, and Oregon State, all top-teams in the nation this year. UCLA will also play three-game series against No. 2 seeds in Winthrop, Miami, and Arizona, and against No. 3 seeds Stanford and UC Irvine.

Malibu Regional - vs. UC Irvine Recap: UCLA junior RHP Hector Ambriz tossed a complete game, and freshmen Ryan Babineau and Brandon Crawford provided key hits to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Ambriz (8-7) earned his second complete-game win of the year, allowing two run (both unearned) on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. Ambriz finished the game strong, retiring the final 13-of-14 Anteaters he faced to close out a tough win for UCLA.

Senior Chris Jensen led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a RBI, Babineau hit a game-tying solo home run, and Crawford finished 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI double in the seventh. Freshman Blair Dunlap went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Ambriz also had two singles in the game.

About the Waves: The Pepperdine University Waves enter Saturday's matchup as the Regional's No. 1 seed with a 41-19 overall record, and a No. 18 national ranking by Baseball America. The WCC Champion Waves defeated No. 4-seed Missouri, 3-2, to advance into the second-round winner's bracket. Pepperdine is 22-9 this season at Eddy D. Field Stadium, as the Waves have won 10 of their last 12 games. As a team, the Waves hit .303 (626-2067) at the plate with 24 home runs, 318 RBI, 349 runs scored, and 67 stolen bases in 91 attempts. On the mound, Pepperdine owns a 3.47 team ERA with 342 strikeouts in 535 innings pitched. The Waves are led by head coach Steve Rodriguez who is in his third season at the helm of the program.

The Pepperdine-UCLA Series: Since the 1975 season, UCLA owns 32-24-3 series advantage over the Waves. These two teams split a home-and-home series during the 2006 regular season. UCLA has won three of the last four in the series and is 6-3 versus Pepperdine since the 2000 season.

Good, and Bad: In UCLA's two games against Pepperdine during the regular season, the Bruins posted a .175 (10-57) batting average against Wave pitching, but owned a 3.18 team ERA. Pepperdine, on the other hand, posted a .197 (12-61) batting average against Bruin pitching with an outstanding 1.06 team ERA.

Isn't It Ironic: UCLA Head Coach John Savage earned his first-career postseason win as a head coach against the same UC Irvine team he took to the 2004 postseason in his third year of rebuilding the Anteater program. Oddly enough, it makes perfect sense that Savage notched his first postseason victory against his former team. In 2002, his first season as the head coach at UC Irvine, Savage earned his first career win against UCLA. In 2005, his first season at UCLA, Savage earned his 100th-career victory against UC Irvine. Furthermore, Savage replaced former UCLA head coach Gary Adams, who coached at UC Irvine before he coached for 30 years at UCLA. Ironically, it was Savage's UC Irvine team that beat UCLA in Adam's final game at Jackie Robinson Stadium in 2004.

Turning Point: UCLA's season has made a change for the better since the Bruins played Long Beach State on Feb. 28. Entering that February game, UCLA was 5-9 overall and fresh off being swept in three-games by Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins knocked off the No. 15 Dirtbags (6-3) that day, and went on to sweep No. 17 NC State on the road. Since Feb. 28, UCLA is 28-14 (.667).

Serie-ous: UCLA won nine of 14 three-game series during the regular season, including six of its last seven series, and eight of its last 10 series.

California Love: UCLA has played 45 of its 56 games during season in the Golden State. The Bruins went 25-19 in California, which included a 19-12 mark at home, and notched a win in the first round of the Malibu Tournament.

Stay Hot: UCLA enters Saturday's game winners of eight of the last 10 games.

Punch First: UCLA is quite successful when making the scoreboard light up first in a game. So far this season, the Bruins are 20-5 when scoring in the first inning, and 23-7 when scoring before the opposition in a game. UCLA is 10-16 when opponents score first in a game, and oddly enough, is 11-5 record when opponents score in the first inning.

In the Fridge: When UCLA has a lead late in the ball game, the Bruins are pretty consistent at sealing the deal. During the regular season, UCLA is 29-3 when leading after six innings of play, and a perfect 31-0 when owning the lead after eight innings. Five different Bruins have two-or-more saves on the year, led by Senior Josh Roenicke with four. On the other side of things, UCLA is 1-16 when trailing after six innings and 0-21 when behind after eight innings of play.

Rank This: The UCLA baseball team was ranked in the national polls for the week of April 24-30. The Bruins entered the week ranked No. 22 in the nation by Baseball America, and No. 25 by the Rosenblatt Report. This week marked the first time since March of 2001 that UCLA has been ranked in the Top-25 by Baseball America.

Rank That: 18 of the Bruins' first 22 games this season were against nationally ranked opposition, with a streak of 12-consecutive games versus ranked opponents once in effect. UCLA is 12-11 against ranked opposition on the season, and owns a series sweep of then-No. 17 ranked NC State on the road, and home series wins against No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 10 Arizona State. The Bruins also swept Long Beach State in a home-in-home series for the first time since 1995.

UCLA is 5-3 against ranked teams on the road so far this season.

Chew On This: UCLA beat the No. 5 Oregon State Beavers at Goss Stadium on Sunday for the Bruins' 12th win against a ranked opponent this season. The Beavers were 22-3 at home before losing the UCLA in the regular season finale.

Speaks For Itself: UCLA ranks in this week at No. 23 in the national RPI rankings, with a second-ranked strength of schedule.

Magic Numbers: So far this season, UCLA is 28-5 when scoring five or more runs in a ball game, and owns an 18-0 record when holding opponents to two runs or less. The Bruins are also 24-5 this season when recording 10 or more hits in a game.

1-2 Step: UCLA has a knack for scoring runs early. So far this season, the Bruins have outscored the opposition 91-47 in the first two innings, outscoring opponents 53-25 in the first inning of games alone.

Ba Boom: The Bruins have ripped 47 long balls in their last 43 games, a stretch that included home runs in 13-consecutive games from Feb. 26-March 19. UCLA has 55 home runs on the season, good for second in the Pac-10. 14 different Bruins have smacked round-trippers so far this season, with eight players already owning five-or-more home runs on the year, and seven players with six or more dongs (Ambriz 5, Babineau 6, Crawford 6, Decker 5, Jensen 6, McMillan 6, Smith 6, Stewart 6). UCLA is 24-9 this season when a Bruin homers in a game.

Big Innings: UCLA likes to score its runs in bunches, as the Bruins have scored three or more runs in an inning 45 times this season. 166 of UCLA's 336 total runs (50 percent) this season have come when posting three or more runs in an inning. Scoring three or more runs in an inning in a game translates into success for UCLA, as the Bruins are 25-2 this season when scoring three or more runs in an inning. UCLA scored a season-high seven runs in an inning against NC State (March 5).

UCLA has posted three-or-more runs in an inning nine times in five of the last nine games.

Lotta Action: UCLA has scored eight-or-more runs in six of the last 10 games, and has recorded 11-or-more hits in eight of the last 11 games.

Dealing: UCLA currently owns a 3.75 team ERA. That mark is on track to be the lowest mark at UCLA since 1980 when the Bruins finished the year with a 3.55 team ERA.

Tell Me Where To Throw: UCLA's pitching has been tough to hit in the last two games. Against No. 5 Oregon State and UC Irvine, the UCLA pitching staff has posted a 0.50 team ERA, allowing just three runs (one earned) on 10 hits in the last 18 innings.

Good D: UCLA's defense has been superb all year, as the Bruins finished the regular season with the No. 1-defensive mark in the Pac-10 Conference with a .977 fielding percentage, a top-10 mark in the nation.

Multi-hitters: UCLA hitters are very efficient at knocking the ball around the park more than once in a game. 13 different Bruins have at least five or more multi-hit games, seven different Bruins have at least 10 multi-hit games, and 16 different Bruins have recorded multiple hits in a game this season a total of 156 times. Freshman Brandon Crawford leads the team with 24 multi-hit games, and senior Chris Jensen is second on the squad with 23.

Four different Bruins had multiple hits against UC Irvine on Friday in the first round of the Malibu Regional.

Watch `Um Swang, Watch `Um Swang: UCLA has knocked an extra base hit in 52 of its 56 games so far this year. The Bruins have smacked 185 extra base hits with 116 doubles, 14 triples, and 55 home runs. UCLA has hit at least one double in its last 27-conscutive games, a season-high, posting 64 two-baggers in that span. UCLA hit two doubles and a home run against UCI on Friday. The Bruins are 25-8 when they post three-or-more extra base hits in a game.

Lineup Trends: UCLA is 17-3 when senior Sean Smith bats in the six spot, 7-0 when freshman Cody Decker starts at designated hitter, and 16-2 when freshman Blair Dunlap starts in left field.

Home Cook'n: The Bruins played their final home game of the season at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, a 10-1 win over UC Irvine. UCLA finishes its home schedule 19-12, as the Bruins won 16 of the final 22 games at Jackie Robinson Stadium. In the last 22 home games, the Bruins hit .320 (244-763) as a team with 31 home runs, 163 RBI, and 182 runs scored for an 8.3 runs-per-game average. UCLA will end the year hitting .305 (320-1048) with 38 home runs, 199 RBI, 221 runs scored (7.1 per game), and a 3.84 team ERA at Jackie Robinson Stadium this season.

Six Pack: UCLA defeated Stanford twice in a three-game series this past weekend to win its sixth-straight three-game home series of the season. Since 1975, that feat has never been accomplished.

Getting Some Props: UCLA garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors five times during the regular season. Every pitcher in the Bruin starting rotation has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, as junior Hector Ambriz (March 14), Dave Huff (April 25), and Tyson Brummett (March 7) have each been recognized as the conference's top hurler. Ambriz has also been named the Pac-10's Player of the Week (March 21), and Chris Jensen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on May 16. Jensen is also a Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team selection.

Getting More Props: The UCLA baseball team had seven players earn 2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference honors, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday, May 31. Juniors Hector Ambriz and Dave Huff, and freshman Ryan Babineau each earned All-Pac-10 First-Team honors, the most All-Pac-10 Team selections for UCLA since 2001. Senior Chris Jensen, junior Paul Oseguera, and freshmen Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis each earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades.

Freshman Impact: Head Coach John Savage started five freshmen in the lineup on Friday in the first round of the Malibu Regional against UC Irvine, marking the 18th time this season UCLA has put five or more freshman in the starting lineup.

The Big Four: UCLA would not be in the position it is in this season without the play of its senior class. Four seniors in particular have led the way for a once young and inexperienced Bruin team. So far this season, seniors Chris Jensen, Brett McMillan, Josh Roenicke, and Sean Smith have combined for much of UCLA's offensive production. These four seniors have combined for 190 of the team's 553 hits (35 percent), 114 of the team's 301 RBI (38 percent) and 114 of the team's 336 runs scored (34 percent).

Rock Solid: Freshman Ryan Babineau is an All-Pac-10 First Team selection for a simple reason - he is rock solid near the plate. Not only is Babineau one of the best defensive catchers in the nation, he also swings a clutch stick. Babineau hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning on Friday for his sixth jack of the year. He also threw out a runner at second base, his 15th of the season. In his last 23 games, Babineau is hitting .364 (28-77) with three home runs, 13 RBI, 14 runs scored, as he has raised his batting average 63 percentage points. On the season, Babineau is hitting .269 (46-171) with six bombs, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored.

Keep Their Headz Ringin: Freshman Brandon Crawford has been a hit machine for UCLA all season long. Crawford has started all 56 games for UCLA up the middle, and owns a .325 batting average with a team-best 76 hits, six home runs, six triples, 30 RBI, and 42 runs scored. The 6-2 shortstop is currently riding an 11-game hit streak into the postseason. In his last 11 games, Crawford is hitting .409 (18-44) with a home run, two triples, four doubles, and 11 runs scored. This is the third time this season Crawford has posted a hit streak of 10-or-more games, as he started the season with a personal-best 11-game hit streak.

Crawford went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI double that drove in the game-winning run for the Bruins with two outs in Friday's win over UCI. It was his 19th two-out RBI this season, a team best.

Everyday CJ: Senior Chris Jensen has been a staple of consistency for the Bruins all year long. On the season, the UCLA right fielder is hitting .336 (76-226) with six home runs, and team bests of 36 RBI and 45 runs scored, starting all 56 games for UCLA in right. In the last 11 games, Jensen is hitting .431 (19-44) with two home runs, 10 RBI and nine run scored.

Jensen went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly against UC on Friday.

Getting It Done: UCLA is 16-2 when freshman Blair Dunlap starts in left because he gets the job done at the plate. Dunlap was a spark plug for UCLA on Friday, hitting a double, and scoring the game-winning run against the Anteaters. Dunlap also hit a game-tying solo home run in UCLA's series-clinching win against Stanford. On the season, Dunlap is hitting .301 (28-93) with two home runs, 8 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

Mr. D: Senior Sean Smith has had a stellar season with the glove at second base for UCLA this season. Smith owns a .986 fielding percentage, and made a clutch play to get Hector Ambriz out of a bases loaded jam to stop the bleeding at two runs in the top of the fifth inning against UCI on Friday.

Cool Breeze: Junior Hector Ambriz was on top of his game in Friday's win against UC Irvine when the Bruins needed him most. Ambriz (8-7) earned his second complete-game win of the year, allowing two run (both unearned) on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. Ambriz finished the game strong, retiring the final 13-of-14 Anteaters he faced to close out a tough win for UCLA. On the season, Ambriz is 8-7 with two complete games, two saves, a 3.65 ERA, and 97 strikeouts in 113.1 innings pitched.

Huff Stuff: Junior Dave Huff has been a workhorse for the UCLA pitching staff this year. In eight Pac-10 starts, Huff has tossed 68.1 innings, with a 4-1 record, a 2.77 ERA, and 49 strikeouts. Huff had gone nine or more inning four-straight Pac-10 outings before a loss against Stanford, and five of his first six Pac-10 starts. On the season, Huff owns a 7-3 record with a 2.82 ERA, three complete-game victories, and 90 strikeouts in 121.1 innings pitched. Huff ranks second in the Pac-10 in innings pitched, third in strikeouts, and fifth in ERA.

Complete Gamers: Ambriz earned UCLA's sixth complete game win of the season on Friday. On the year, Huff leads the team with three complete games, followed by two by Ambriz, and one by junior Tyson Brummett. Huff and Brummett tossed back-to-back complete game win against USC.

Bailamos: Junior Paul Oseguera has been phenomenal out of the bullpen this season for UCLA. During the regular season, Oseguera posted a 3-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and two saves, striking out 46 batters in 47.1 innings pitched. In his last seven appearances, Oseguera has a 0.55 ERA with a win and 13 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.

Bring It: This season, UCLA didn't back down from anyone, which showed in the toughness of its schedule. The Bruins played 32 games scheduled against teams that competed in the 2005 NCAA Regional Championships, with 11 teams listed in this year's 2005 preseason top-25 rankings.

UCLA took on 12 teams that competed in the 2005 NCAA Regional Championships last year (Miami, Pepperdine, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, NC State, Ole Miss, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Stanford, and Oregon State), and will have 18 games during the season against 2005 NCAA Super Regional participants (Miami, Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State).

UCLA went 19-12 against those teams.

The Bruins' tough schedule was noted with the No. 1 strength of schedule nod by Boyd's World, a baseball statistics internet site.

Up Next: UCLA will play in the third round of the Malibu Regional on Sunday, June 4. If UCLA wins Saturday's game, the Bruins will play at 3 p.m. on Sunday. If the Bruins lose on Saturday, they will play at 11 a.m. on Sunday against either UC Irvine or Missouri.

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