No. 11 UCLA Baseball Set for Showdown at UC Irvine on Tuesday
May 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team plays at UC Irvine on Tuesday, as senior right-hander Garett Claypool will make his 10th start of the season for the Bruins (34-10). Game time at UC Irvine's Anteater Ballpark is 6 p.m. UC Irvine (29-16) will send freshman left-hander Andy Lines to the hill in the midweek matchup.
Tuesday, May 11 (6 p.m.) - at UC Irvine's Anteater Ballpark
UCLA - Garett Claypool, RHP, Sr. (7-1, 2.02)
UC Irvine - Andy Lines, LHP, Fr. (1-0, 5.79)
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The Bruins' remaining 12 regular season games will feature a live audio broadcast, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey will have the call, live from UC Irvine's Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. All postseason games will also be carried live online, with a free audio broadcast available at uclabruins.com. In addition, fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action on the Internet through GameTracker, available at uclabruins.com.
UCLA plays at UC Irvine on Tuesday evening in the Bruins' fifth consecutive game on the road. The Bruins will turn to senior right-hander Garett Claypool, who is slated to make his 10th start of the spring. Claypool has gone 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA in 62.1 innings this season, recording 61 strikeouts and 14 walks. The right-hander earned the win in UCLA's 4-1 victory over UC Irvine on April 27. In that contest, he allowed one run and six hits through a career-high 7.2 innings. The Anteaters will counter with redshirt freshman left-hander Andy Lines.
The Bruins vaulted into a second-place tie in the Pac-10 over the weekend, sweeping a three-game series against Washington. UCLA registered its first three-game road sweep since 2007, when the Bruins opened their conference schedule by sweeping Stanford (March 30-April 1) at Sunken Diamond. Each of UCLA's weekend starters earned the win in their respective outings, while the Bruins' offense belted seven home runs in three games. UCLA has gone 16-2 in games played away from Jackie Robinson Stadium (12-2 road, 4-0 neutral).
UCLA will host a three-game Pac-10 series against USC beginning Friday, May 14. First pitch of the series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. Right-hander Gerrit Cole will start in the first game of the series for UCLA. Last season, the Bruins won two of three games against USC at Dedeaux Field. Earlier this spring, UCLA downed USC, 6-1, before 14,588 fans at Dodger Stadium (Sunday, Feb. 28). Admission to all home games at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium costs $7 for adults and $5 for children.
UCLA has improved to 34-10, marking the Bruins' highest win total since finishing the 2004 season with a 35-29 overall record following the NCAA Regional in Oklahoma City. Head coach John Savage has reached the 34-win mark once in his nine-year career, leading UC Irvine to a 34-23-1 overall record in 2004, his third season with the Anteaters. No UCLA team has been 24 games over the .500 plateau since the Bruins finished the 1997 season with 45-21-1 record after advancing to the College World Series.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Center fielder Beau Amaral earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after helping lead UCLA to a 4-0 record last week by hitting .500 (7-for-14). Amaral totaled one home run, three doubles, five runs and three walks in four games. He reached base safely in all five plate apperances in a 5-1 win at Pepperdine on Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with two doubles. Amaral belted a solo homer in a 1-for-3 effort Friday and went 2-for-3 with one double and two runs Saturday. He extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games, going 1-for-5 on Sunday.
WATCH LIST REVISED
UCLA sophomore starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer have been named to the 2010 National Pitcher of the Year Award's revised watch list, as announced last week by the College Baseball Foundation. Cole was on the list during the preseason, while Bauer has been added to the revised 25-man watch list. Both Bruin pitchers were named preseason third-team All-America selections by Collegiate Baseball. Cole and Bauer are two of four Pac-10 pitchers on the revised watch list, joining Arizona's Kurt Heyer and Arizona State's Seth Blair.
In the latest polls, five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the top-25 by at least one of five publications. Baseball America includes Arizona State (3), UCLA (11), Oregon (22) and Stanford (25) in its weekly poll, while California has been included by Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com and Collegiate Baseball. UCLA has gone 7-6 against ranked teams (week of game) by Baseball America. The Bruins ascended to No. 1 (week of April 12-18 by Baseball America and Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com) for the first time during the regular season since March 3, 1997.
ON TO THE NEXT ONE
Through Sunday's games, sophomore Gerrit Cole leads the Pac-10 with 104 strikeouts, ranking third in opponent batting average (.184) and seventh in ERA (2.79). He improved to 7-2 on Friday, facing the minimum 15 batters through the first five innings in UCLA's 7-2 victory. Cole scattered three hits and allowed two runs in eight-plus innings, notching nine strikeouts and two walks. He has become the first UCLA pitcher to strike out 100 or more batters in consecutive seasons since Jim Parque accomplished the feat in 1996 and 1997.
UCLA scored 33 runs and pounded out 50 hits in four victories last week, opening the four-game stretch with a 5-1 victory at Pepperdine. UCLA tallied 15 hits against the Waves, marking the Bruins' highest single-game total since getting 15 hits an 11-7 victory against Cal Poly on March 25. In the second game of the series at Washington, the Bruins scored 14 runs, UCLA's largest output since cruising past Oral Roberts, 20-4, in the series-opening contest at Jackie Robinson Stadium on March 19.
Between UCLA and Washington, 12 home runs were hit in three games at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, as the Bruins connected for seven round-trippers. Sophomore Steve Rodriguez led the group with his second two-home run game of the season in a 14-6 victory on Saturday. Rodriguez is the only UCLA hitter to have belted two or more homers in one game this spring. Freshmen Cody Keefer and Cody Regis each blasted their first collegiate home runs on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
THE BAUER FILE
Sophomore Trevor Bauer earned his seventh victory on Saturday, helping lead the Bruins past Washington, 14-6, in what had been a closely-contested ballgame until UCLA scored seven runs in the top of the ninth. Bauer (7-3) recorded six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings, pushing his season strikeout total to 98, the second-most among Pac-10 pitchers. Through Sunday's games, Bauer ranks third in the conference with 80.2 innings and 10th with a 3.01 ERA. Bauer is tied with three UCLA pitchers for the team lead in wins.
Junior Rob Rasmussen has started each of UCLA's 12 weekend finales, going 7-2 with a 3.49 ERA. Rasmussen, who hails from Arcadia, Calif., has registered 82 strikeouts and 23 walks in 64.1 innings, limiting the opposition to a .234 batting average. Through Sunday's games, Rasmussen ranks fifth among Pac-10 pitchers with 82 strikeouts and ninth with a .234 opponent batting average. After having not earned a decision in his first three starts, Rasmussen secured the victory in his next six starts (March 14-April 18).
Sophomore right-hander Dan Klein leads UCLA with nine saves, tied for the second-highest total of any Pac-10 pitcher, and has posted a 2.02 ERA in a team-high 27 appearances (all in relief). Klein was named to the Midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List in mid-April by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association (NCBWA). A product of Servite High School (Anaheim), Klein has collected 43 strikeouts and issued just seven walks in 35.2 innings. He ranks third (in a three-way tie) on UCLA's single-season saves list.
UCLA's four starting pitchers (Garett Claypool, Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen) each picked up their team-leading seventh win of the season last week. No UCLA team has had four or more pitchers earn seven or more victories since 1967 (Rob Kester and Guy Hansen with 10, Bob Boyer 9, Bob Wiswell 8). The Bruins lead the Pac-10 with 469 strikeouts (80 ahead of Arizona State's 389). UCLA currently ranks third in ERA (3.06) and first in opponent batting average (.218). UCLA's weekend starters rank first, second and fifth, respectively, in strikeouts - Cole (104), Bauer (98) and Rasmussen (82).
Seniors Blair Dunlap and Justin Uribe have been atop UCLA's hitting charts all season long, as Uribe currently leads the Bruins with a .360 batting average. Uribe has logged a .315 career batting average in 141 games (120 starts), while Dunlap has batted .299 with 16 home runs, five triples and 44 doubles in 179 career games. Dunlap currently ranks fifth on the team with a .342 batting average. Dunlap is second on the team with 54 hits and ranks third with 30 runs. His 44 career doubles are tied for ninth-most in UCLA's record book.
Sophomore Tyler Rahmatulla has started at second base in 43 of the Bruins' 44 games this season. He enters Tuesday's game at UC Irvine ranking third on the team in batting average (.348). Rahmatulla is tied for the team lead (with Niko Gallego) with 35 runs scored and leads all Bruins with 56 hits. His 32 RBI are second to Dean Espy's 34 runs batted in, his nine stolen bases trail Gallego's team-leading 15 swipes, and his 30 walks are one short of Cody Keefer's team-high 31 free passes.
AGAINST THE BEST
UCLA has gone 7-6 against teams ranked in Baseball America's top-25 poll (team ranked in poll on day of game). UCLA defeated then-No. 25 Oklahoma, 5-2, on March 14 before winning two of three games against No. 19 Stanford, No. 17 Oregon State and No. 17 Arizona. The Bruins were swept in three games against No. 3 Arizona State the weekend of April 30-May 2. One year ago, UCLA went 8-13 against top-25 competition, playing more games and earning more victories against top-25 teams than any other Pac-10 program.
Gerrit Cole stands six strikeouts shy of UCLA's top-10 single-season list. The right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., needs six to tie Bill Brasher's 110-strikeout total from 1966 and nine to move into sixth place on the single-season list (ahead of Gary Robson's 112-strikeout total from 1972). Pete Janicki owns the Bruins' single-season strikeout record, having logged 150 punchouts in 1992. Cole currently stands 41 strikeouts shy of UCLA's career top-10 list (Hector Ambriz, 249 strikeouts from 2003-06).
UCLA's 16-inning victory at Oregon State on April 10 marked the program's longest game (by innings) since an 18-inning game at Arizona State on Feb. 23, 1990. The Bruins lost 6-5 in the series opener at Arizona State that evening before 4,037 fans. The longest extra-inning game in Pac-10 history came in 1972, as Washington and Oregon State played a 20-inning contest (date, score unknown). UCLA's 3-1 win against Oregon State lasted six hours, 23 minutes and featured 12 pitchers (eight by Oregon State, four by UCLA).
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