No. 10 UCLA Baseball to Host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday Night
May 17, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 10 UCLA baseball team faces UC Santa Barbara in the Bruins' final Tuesday night home game of the regular season. First pitch at Jackie Robinson Stadium is slated for 6 p.m. The Bruins (37-11) have won seven of their last eight games and defeated UC Santa Barbara (21-25) by a 7-1 margin at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on Tuesday, March 23. All Tuesday games at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium cost just $2 for adults and children.
Tuesday, May 18 (6 p.m.) - at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium
UC Santa Barbara - Nick Capito, LHP, Jr. (4-5, 6.58)
UCLA - Garett Claypool, RHP, Sr. (7-2, 2.11)
Friday, May 21 (2:30 p.m.) - at California's Evans Diamond
UCLA - Gerrit Cole, RHP, So. (8-2, 3.17)
California - Erik Johnson, RHP, So. (6-2, 3.48)
Saturday, May 22 (1 p.m.) - at California's Evans Diamond
UCLA - Trevor Bauer, RHP, So. (8-3, 2.98)
California - Justin Jones, LHP, Fr. (9-4, 3.76)
Sunday, May 23 (1 p.m.) - at California's Evans Diamond
UCLA - Rob Rasmussen, LHP, Jr. (7-2, 3.15)
California - Dixon Anderson, RHP, So. (4-2, 4.95)
GETTING TO JACKIE ROBINSON STADIUM
Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is located on the grounds of the West L.A. Veteran Administration, north of Wilshire Blvd. and west of the 405 Freeway. From the 405 North, exit Wilshire Blvd. (west offramp), stay in the right lane coming down the offramp and turn right onto Sepulveda Blvd. Continue until Constitution Ave. and turn left. Parking lots for the ballpark will be located on the right side of Constitution Ave.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Admission to all Tuesday home games costs $2 for adults and children. This week's contest against UC Santa Barbara marks UCLA's final 'Two-Dollar Tuesday' game of the 2010 season. Parking on the VA grounds costs $5. UCLA's baseball concession stand is stocked with hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, chili, sodas and much more classic ballpark food.
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
UCLA's remaining eight regular-season games will be broadcast live online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey will provide the play-by-play and will be accompanied by color commentators Nick Theodorou and Danny Rees. In addition, fans can follow the action online through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on uclabruins.com.
With two weeks to go in the regular season, UCLA hosts UC Santa Barbara at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday evening before opening a three-game Pac-10 series at California on Friday afternoon. The Bruins won their previous meeting at UC Santa Barbara this season by a 7-1 margin (March 23). In that contest, senior Garett Claypool notched a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings, limiting the host Gauchos to one run (unearned) and three hits.
UCLA swept a three-game Pac-10 series against crosstown rival USC over the weekend, as freshman Cody Keefer slugged a two-run walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the series finale Sunday, leading the Bruins to a 2-1 victory. In a well-pitched contest on both sides, UCLA was down to its last out before junior Brett Krill lined a single to right field. With the count 2-and-1, Keefer lined his second homer of the season over the right field wall, handing the Bruins a series sweep and their fifth straight win over USC.
Aside from sweeping the season series against USC last weekend, UCLA registered its 13th victory in its last 16 meetings against the Trojans on Sunday. Junior Brett Krill led the Bruins in the three-game series, batting .636 (7-for-11) with seven runs, four RBI, one homer, one triple and two doubles. UCLA collected its second three-game series sweep of USC in four years, having won all three games at Dedeaux Field in April 2007. UCLA has swept consecutive three-game Pac-10 series for the first time since April 1999.
STRONG ON SUNDAYS
Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen has gone 7-2 with a 3.15 ERA as UCLA's Sunday starter, limiting the opposition to a .232 batting average in 13 starts. Rasmussen held USC to one run and six hits in seven innings last Sunday, recording eight strikeouts and no walks in a no-decision. After opening the season with three no-decisions, Rasmussen earned the victory in each of his next six starts. The native of Arcadia, Calif., has recorded 90 strikeouts, the fourth-highest total in the Pac-10, while issuing just 23 walks.
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 (10), Oregon (22) and Washington State (24) in its weekly poll, while California has been included by 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
Sophomore Gerrit Cole ranks second among Pac-10 pitchers with 106 strikeouts, having gone 8-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 82.1 innings. Cole has earned the victory in each of his last two starts (at Washington, vs. USC) and ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .192 opponent batting average (through Sunday). In UCLA's 7-2 win at Washington two weeks ago, he limited the Huskies to two runs through eight-plus innings. Cole has become the first UCLA pitcher to strike out 100 or more batters in consecutive seasons since Jim Parque (1996-1997).
Freshman Beau Amaral had a 15-game hitting streak snapped in UCLA's 2-1 win over USC on Sunday. The Bruins' starting center field currently ranks first on the team with a .357 batting average. Since opening the season with 22 consecutive victories, Amaral has led the Bruins with a .373 batting average in that 26-game span. Amaral's .348 batting average in Pac-10 play is also tops on the team, as he is tied with sophomore Tyler Rahmatulla for most hits on the team in Pac-10 action, with 24.
Victorious in seven of their last eight games, the Bruins have won each of their last six Pac-10 contests. In that eight-game span, the Bruins have posted a .338 batting average, with Beau Amaral (.429), Justin Uribe (.421) and Brett Krill (.400) leading the way in that category. UCLA has outscored its opposition by a 64-27 margin in the last eight games. Junior Rob Rasmussen has posted a 1.32 ERA with 12 strikeouts and just one walk in his last two Sunday starts (series finales).
THE BAUER FILE
Sophomore Trevor Bauer earned his eighth victory on Saturday, helping lead UCLA past USC, 15-2, in the second contest of a three-game Pac-10 series. Bauer (8-3) is one of seven Pac-10 pitchers to have earned eight or more victories (along with teammate Gerrit Cole), and moved into the conference strikeout lead with 109 punchouts. Through Sunday's action, Bauer ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2.98 ERA and is third with 87.2 innings. He has notched the win in each of his last two Pac-10 starts (at Washington, vs. USC).
Seniors Blair Dunlap and Justin Uribe have been two of UCLA's key offensive weapons all season long. Uribe's .355 batting average is second-highest on the team, through 48 games, while Dunlap ranks fourth with a .343 batting average. Dunlap has collected 58 hits, second-most on the ballclub, and tallied a team-high 16 doubles, pushing his career total to 44 (tied for ninth-most on UCLA's career doubles list). Uribe has batted .315 in 145 career games, while Dunlap has hit at a .300 clip in 182 career contests.
Sophomore right-hander Dan Klein leads UCLA with nine saves, third among Pac-10 pitchers, and has posted a 4-0 record and 1.91 ERA in a team-leading 29 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 struck out 44 batters and walked just seven in 37.2 innings. Klein's nine saves are tied for third-most on UCLA's single-season saves list.
UCLA's 2010 pitching staff has had four pitchers record seven or more victories for the first time since 1967 (Rob Kester and Guy Hansen with 10, Bob Boyer 9, Bob Wiswell 8). Sophomores Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer have each registered eight wins, while junior Rob Rasmussen and senior Garett Claypool have won seven games. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 with 507 strikeouts and became just the third UCLA team in program history to reach the 500-strikeout plateau last weekend. Last season, the Bruins finished their 56-game schedule with 509 strikeouts, while the Bruins' 2000 ballclub logged 531 strikeouts in 64 games.
RELIABLE IN RELIEF
Among UCLA's greatest assets in 2010 has been the team's bullpen. The relief corps has gone 8-2 with a 3.32 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .233 batting average in 138.1 innings. Right-handers Dan Klein and Erik Goeddel and left-hander Matt Grace have been the most utlized pitchers in relief. Goeddel has made 27 appearances, compiling a 2-0 record and 3.38 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 19 walks and one save in 37.1 innings. Grace has made 25 appearances, posting a 2.61 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.
Sophomore Tyler Rahmatulla has started at second base in 47 of the Bruins' 48 games this season. The former standout at Mater Dei High School has batted .339 with a team-leading 61 hits, 15 doubles, five homers, 36 RBI and 39 runs. Rahmatulla ranks second on the team with 30 walks and third with a .437 on-base percentage. He is tied for the team lead in Pac-10 play with 24 hits and ranks first on the team in conference action with 18 runs and 38 total bases.
Gerrit Cole stands four strikeouts shy of UCLA's top-10 single-season list. The right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., needs four to tie Bill Brasher's 110-strikeout total from 1966 and seven 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 is currently 39 strikeouts shy of UCLA's career top-10 list (Hector Ambriz, 249 strikeouts from 2003-06).
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.
NOTES ON A STREAK
UCLA opened the season by winning its first 22 games, the Bruins' best-ever start to any baseball season in the program's 91-year history. Prior to going 22-0 in 2010, UCLA's best starts on record took place in 1978 (8-0) and in 1997 (7-0). The Bruins won their first 22 games, outscoring their opponents by a combined 189-59 margin. UCLA posted a .356 batting average during its record streak while the pitching staff logged a 2.22 ERA and 273 strikeouts through 199.0 innings (12.4 strikeouts per nine innings).
NOT FAR BEHIND
During the Bruins' 22-0 start, UCLA trailed in eight ballgames and was tied (without trailing) in two games. The Bruins twice overcame a deficit of three runs, most recently by scoring two runs in the fourth inning and two in the eighth against Cal Poly on March 26, to secure their 19th consecutive win. The Bruins won two games in walk-off fashion, ironically, in back-to-back games (vs. Nebraska, March 6; vs. UC Riverside, March 9).
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
UCLA has won four games in 'walk-off' fashion, going 5-11 when tied or trailing after eight innings (3-0 when tied after eight). The Bruins' most thrilling win came in a 2-1 decision over USC (May 16). Trailing 1-0 with nobody on base and two outs, Brett Krill singled before Cody Keefer belted a two-run walk-off homer, helping the Bruins sweep USC. In a Pac-10 opener at Arizona (April 23), UCLA tied the game 2-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth before winning, 6-3, with a four-run 10th inning.