UCLA Baseball to Play TCU at College World Series on Friday Afternoon
June 24, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - The UCLA baseball team looks to punch its ticket to the championship series of the 2010 College World Series when it takes on TCU (53-13) on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (PT). The Bruins (50-14) will send junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the hill at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. Saturday's game is an elimination contest for TCU, which fell to the loser's bracket on Monday after losing to the Bruins, 6-3. TCU defeated Florida State, 11-7, on Wednesday evening to set up Friday' meeting versus UCLA.
UCLA Bruins (50-14) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (53-13)
Friday, June 25 - 1:30 p.m. (PT)/3:30 p.m. (CT)
*UCLA to serve as visiting team, TCU as home team
Probable Starting Pitchers
UCLA - Rob Rasmussen (LHP, Jr. - 11-2, 2.73 ERA)
TCU - Matt Purke (LHP, Fr. - 15-0, 3.03 ERA)
WATCH, LISTEN LIVE
Friday's game against TCU will be aired live on ESPN2, as Mike Patrick will be accompanied in the broadcast booth by former Los Angeles Dodgers Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra. Former Stanford pitcher Kyle Peterson will serve as the sideline reporter. UCLA will offer an audio broadcast, free of charge, online at uclabruins.com. John Ramey, the play-by-play voice of the Bruins, will have the call live from Rosenblatt Stadium.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
- UCLA has won its first games at the College World Series in program history this month (vs. Florida, TCU).
- The Bruins are making their third trip in school history to the College World Series (also in 1969, 1997).
- UCLA finished second in the Pac-10 Conference, two games behind Arizona State.
- The Bruins won their first Super Regional since the current playoff format emerged in 1999.
- UCLA's starting rotation features three pitchers with 11 victories and 115 or more strikeouts.
- The Bruins hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history, defeating Cal State Fullerton.
- UCLA set the school record for home victories, going 29-10 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
- The Bruins have gone 21-4 on the road and posted a 32-5 mark against non-conference opposition.
- UCLA has gone 8-3 in one-run games and posted a 4-0 mark in extra-inning affairs.
- The Bruins have limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in 30 ballgames (going 29-1 in those contests).
UCLA 11, FLORIDA 3 (JUNE 19)
Right-hander Trevor Bauer registered 11 strikeouts in seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits to earn his 11th victory of the season as the Bruins cruised to an 11-3 win over Florida on June 19. UCLA earned its first-ever win in the College World Series that night, as Niko Gallego logged a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 effort, and Dean Espy and Beau Amaral each collected three hits. Steve Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with one double, two RBI and two runs. UCLA's 11 runs are the most by the Bruins in any College World Series game.
UCLA 6, TCU 3 (JUNE 21)
Right-hander Gerrit Cole struck out 13 batters and walked two in eight innings to notch his 11th win of the season and lead the Bruins past TCU, 6-3, in the winner's bracket of the College World Series. Dan Klein registered his team-leading 10th save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Cody Regis and Jeff Gelalich each belted home runs in the Bruins' three-run third inning to help UCLA stake a 5-0 lead. Beau Amaral went 3-for-3 with one walk, two runs and one RBI, reaching base safely in each of four plate appearances.
BRUINS IN OMAHA
- Beau Amaral leads UCLA at the plate, having gone 6-for-7 (.857) with one double, three runs and two RBI in two College World Series games. Amaral went 3-for-4 against Florida and 3-for-3 versus TCU.
- UCLA sophomore right-handers Trevor Bauer (11 strikeouts, seven innings) and Gerrit Cole (13 strikeouts, eight innings) each notched their 11th win of the season on Saturday and Monday night, respectively.
- The Bruins' pitching staff has limited the opposition to a .185 batting average (12 hits in 18.0 innings). UCLA has posted a 3.00 ERA, logging 26 strikeouts and six walks in 18.0 innings.
- As a team, UCLA is batting at a .361 clip in two College World Series games, having gone 26-for-72 at the plate with two home runs and four doubles. The Bruins have recorded a .434 on-base percentage in Omaha.
- UCLA remains as the only top-eight national seed in this season's College World Series. This is the first season in which the Bruins (No. 6 seed) have secured one of the eight national seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA's pitching staff has posted the nation's second-lowest ERA (2.97), behind NCAA Super Regional participant Texas (2.47). The Bruins have established the program and Pac-10 records for single-season strikeouts, logging 665 punchouts in 582.0 innings (averaging 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings). UCLA's pitchers have recorded 10 or more strikeouts in 37 of the team's 64 games, entering Friday's game against TCU. UCLA had a season-high 19 strikeouts in a series-sweeping finale against Nebraska (March 6).
CAN'T TOUCH THIS
Equally impressive as the strikeouts, UCLA's pitchers have also limited the opposition to a .217 batting average. Entering the College World Series, UCLA ranked second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.24) behind Texas. Through 64 games, the Bruins have surrendered 7.21 hits per nine innings, allowing 10 or more hits in 14 contests. Remarkably, UCLA has scattered five hits or fewer in 20 ballgames. Garett Claypool (.171), Gerrit Cole (.194) and Rob Rasmussen (.208) lead UCLA in the opponent batting average category.
UCLA has batted .311 in eight postseason games this month and posted a .320 average in three NCAA Regional victories (June 4-6). Beau Amaral has led the way at the plate in the postseason, batting .516 (16-for-31) with one home run, four doubles, nine RBI, 12 runs and five walks. Niko Gallego has batted at a .346 clip in the postseason, while Cody Regis has posted a .344 average with a team-leading five home runs and 11 RBI. The Bruins have stolen 17 bases in 22 attempts while logging a .407 on-base percentage.
THE RASMUSSEN FILE
- Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen has served as UCLA's No. 3 starter all year (11-2, 2.73 ERA)
- Selected in the second round (73rd overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins
- Has earned the win in each of UCLA's postseason series clinching wins (vs. UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton)
- Threw his first career complete game in the Super Regional clincher against Cal State Fullerton (June 13)
- Ranks third in Pac-10 in strikeouts (117), behind teammates Trevor Bauer (152) and Gerrit Cole (151)
- After opening year with three no-decisions, won next six starts (spanning from March 14 to April 18)
- UCLA's most successful pitcher in Pac-10 play, going 6-2 with a 3.04 ERA, 54 K, 8 BB in 53.1 IP
- Currently stands as one of six left-handed pitchers in the nation with 11 or more wins
THE COLE FILE
- Sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole has gone 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts as a sophomore.
- Ranks second on UCLA's single-season strikeouts list and in the Pac-10 this year (behind Bauer's 152)
- Named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball (third team by Baseball America, NCBWA)
- Has twice earned All-Pac-10 Team honors (2009, 2010) along with teammate Trevor Bauer
- Has allowed five hits or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts during his sophomore campaign
- Led the Pac-10 with a .191 OAV as a freshman (2009) despite accumulating a hard luck 4-8 record
- Had a career-high 15 strikeouts in 7.2 innings at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Whataburger College Classic)
THE BAUER FILE
- Sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer has gone 11-3 wtih a 3.06 ERA in 17 starts (opened CWS).
- Leads the Pac-10 with 152 strikeouts, the Bruins' single-season strikeout record (record set on June 19)
- Has registered 10 or more strikeouts in seven of 17 starts, including 15 vs. Mississippi State (March 13)
- Threw a complete game at Arizona (April 24), striking out 13 and walking one in a 6-2 UCLA win
- Tallied 11 strikeouts in eight-plus innings against LSU in the NCAA Regional (June 5) to earn the victory
- Has pitched 7.0 innings or more in 14 of his 17 starts, lasting 8.0 innings or more six times
- Has twice earned All-Pac-10 Team honors (2009, 2010) along with teammate Gerrit Cole
Sporting an 11-2 record and 2.73 ERA, junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen is one of just six southpaws in the nation to have recorded 11 or more wins. Rasmussen, who hails from Arcadia, Calif., is one of 11 left-handed pitchers to have logged 10 or more victories this season.
15 - Matt Purke, TCU
12 - Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
11 - Rob
11 - Danny Hultzen, Virginia
11 - Matt Iannazzo, Pittsburgh
11 - Alex Panteliodis, Florida
10 - Chris Hernandez, Miami (FL)
10 - Jimmy Reyes, Elon
10 - Shawn Teufel, Liberty
10 - Cortney Nelson, Jackson State
10 - Justin Jones, California
Senior Blair Dunlap has batted .317 in 57 games, starting 55 contests as the Bruins' designated hitter. Dunlap has posted a career .295 batting average in 197 contests and ranks sixth on UCLA's all-time doubles list with 48 two-baggers. Dunlap collected his team-leading 20th double in UCLA's 6-2 win over UC Irvine (June 6). Uribe has batted .329 with three homers, 27 RBI and 20 runs in 51 games as a first baseman in 2010. Uribe, who earned first-team All-Academic Pac-10 honors this season, has batted .309 in 160 career ballgames.
Sophomore right-hander Dan Klein leads UCLA with 10 saves, second among Pac-10 pitchers, and has posted a 6-0 record and 1.89 ERA in a team-leading 37 appearances (second in Pac-10 this year and on UCLA's single-season list). Klein has registered 10 saves in 13 opportunities, totaling 50 strikeouts and nine walks in 47.2 innings. The right-hander from Los Alamitos, Calif., was selected in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles (85th overall pick). Klein missed 2009 with a shoulder injury.
RELIABLE IN RELIEF
UCLA's relief corps has gone 10-3 with a 3.11 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .228 batting average in 176.1 innings. Right-handers Dan Klein (37 appearances) and Erik Goeddel (35 app.) and left-hander Matt Grace (32 app.) have been the most utilized pitchers. Goeddel has gone 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49.0 innings. Grace has gone 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 27.0 innings.
AGAINST THE BEST
UCLA has gone 15-9 against teams ranked in Baseball America's top-25 poll (team ranked in poll during week of game). This record includes UCLA's six postseason victories and one loss to top-25 opposition during the NCAA postseason. Most recently, the Bruins defeated No. 6 TCU on Monday, June 21.
BRUINS IN THE DRAFT
UCLA had 11 players selected in last week's MLB First-Year Player Draft, one shy of the school record of 12 selections (in 2006 and 2000). Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen headlined the group as a second-round selection by Florida (No. 73 overall), while redshirt sophomore Dan Klein was drafted in the third round by Baltimore. Junior left-hander Matt Grace went in the eighth round to the Washington Nationals, while senior right-hander Garett Claypool was selected in the 11th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. UCLA's first five selections, each in the top 20 rounds, were pitchers.
UCLA has gone 21-4 away from home (15-4 road, 6-0 neutral). Road losses have come at No. 17 Oregon State (April 9), No. 17 Arizona (April 25), UC Irvine (May 11) and No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (May 25). Freshman outfielder Beau Amaral has led UCLA in road games with a .405 batting average and .520 on-base percentage (minimum 20 at-bats). Senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 5-2 with a 1.35 ERA in seven road games (six starts), while sophomore Erik Goeddel has gone 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA in 20.1 innings (all in relief).
Among the most vital members of UCLA's pitching staff this season, senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 8-3 with a 2.05 ERA in 20 games (12 starts), serving as both the Bruins' No. 4 starting pitcher (Tuesdays) and as a right-handed reliever. Claypool, who has totaled 72 strikeouts in 79.0 innings, has posted a 7-3 record with a 2.27 ERA in 67.1 innings through his 12 starts (55 strikeouts, 17 walks, .177 average). In eight relief appearances, he has gone 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA, notching 17 strikeouts and two walks in 11.2 innings.
WORTHY OF AN ESPY
Sophomore corner infielder Dean Espy has batted .356 with eight homers, 50 RBI and 37 runs in 59 games for UCLA this season. Since transferring to UCLA from South Mountain Community College (Phoenix) last summer, Espy has helped supply UCLA with a team-leading .588 slugging percentage. The resident of Mesa, Ariz., belted one homer against defending national champion LSU in UCLA's second NCAA Regional contest, a 6-3 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Espy led the Bruins with a .388 batting average in Pac-10 action.
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT
UCLA has won three games in 'walk-off' fashion, going 7-14 when tied or trailing after eight innings (3-0 when tied after eight). The Bruins' won, 11-7, in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regionals against Cal State Fullerton. Down to their final out in an elimination game, Tyler Rahmatulla smacked a two-run, two-out homer to lift the visiting Bruins ahead, 7-6, as UCLA held on for an 11-7 win in 10 innings. Left fielder Cody Keefer belted a two-run walkoff homer against USC on May 16, helping the Bruins sweep the Trojans that weekend.
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).
- UCLA had 10 players during its win streak post batting averages above .300 (minimum 40 at-bats).
- The starting rotation went 17-0, compiling a 2.20 ERA with 194 strikeouts and 52 walks.
- Tyler Rahmatulla led UCLA's offense with a .451 batting average (37-for-82), 37 hits and 24 runs.
- Gerrit Cole went 6-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 61 strikeouts through 43.1 innings in seven starts.
- Dan Klein tossed 17.2 scoreless innings as the closer, totaling five saves while earning two victories.
- UCLA opened 22-0 and Arizona State started 24-0 - both schools lost their first game on Friday, April 2.
UCLA's 35-man roster features four seniors, six juniors, 11 sophomores and 14 freshmen. Only two of the team's players hail from a state other than California - Chase Brewer and Dean Espy both call Arizona home. The Bruins have 26 players from southern California and eight players from northern/central California. Of the 27 players on the postseason roster, only three hitters and four pitchers had played in postseason games prior to the 2010 Regionals and Super Regionals.
In conference games over the last five seasons (2006-10), UCLA ranks second in both wins (73) and winning percentage (.584). Overall, the Bruins rank fourth in winning percentage (.589) and total wins (176). UCLA finished second in the Pac-10 in 2010, after having posted a third-place finsh the previous four years. Arizona State has won each of the last four Pac-10 titles (Oregon State won the Pac-10 in 2006).