UCLA Baseball to Face South Carolina in Finals of College World Series
June 27, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - The UCLA baseball team seeks its first-ever NCAA championship this week, as the Bruins (51-15) take on South Carolina (52-16) in a best-of-three championship series beginning Monday (4:30 p.m. PT) at the 2010 College World Series. Sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole will start on the mound for UCLA in Game 1.
South Carolina (52-16) vs. UCLA (51-15)
All games slated for 4:30 p.m. (PT)/6:30 p.m. (PT), televised on ESPN
Game 1 - Monday, June 28 - South Carolina visitor, UCLA home
Game 2 - Tuesday, June 29 - UCLA visitor, South Carolina home
Game 3 - Wednesday, June 30 - South Carolina visitor, UCLA home (if necessary)
Game 1 - Probable Starting Pitchers
South Carolina - TBD
UCLA - Gerrit Cole, RHP, So. (11-3, 3.26)
WATCH, LISTEN LIVE
Friday's game against TCU will be aired live on ESPN, as Mike Patrick will be accompanied in the broadcast booth by former major leaguers Orel Hershiser and Robin Ventura. Kyle Peterson and Erin Andrews will serve as reporters from the dugouts. 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.
IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
- UCLA has earned its first-ever appearance to the finals of the College World Series.
- The Bruins are seeking their first baseball national championship in program history.
- UCLA has won 106 NCAA team championships, including women's gymnastics and softball this spring.
- The Bruins will serve as the home team in Games 1 and 3 (if necessary) and as the visitors in Game 2.
- UCLA has outscored its opposition, 29-15, in four games at the College World Series (3-1 record).
- This marks the seventh season in the last 13 in which a Pac-10 team has advanced to the CWS Finals.
UCLA'S SEASON AT A GLANCE
- UCLA is making its third trip to the College World Series, having gone 0-2 at the CWS in 1969 and 1997.
- The Bruins hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history, defeating Cal State Fullerton.
- UCLA defeated Kent State (15-1), LSU (6-3) and UC Irvine (6-2) at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
- The Bruins have gone 22-5 in games played away from home this spring (15-4 road, 7-1 at neutral sites).
- UCLA has limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in 30 ballgames (going 29-1 in those contests).
- The Bruins opened its season with a 22-0 record (best start and longest win streak in school history).
- Following an 8-10 stretch directly after going 22-0, UCLA has gone 21-5 without any back-to-back losses.
BRUINS IN OMAHA
- Trevor Bauer has notched two wins in two starts (vs. Florida, vs. TCU) in the 2010 College World Series, totaling 24 strikeouts and four walks in 15.0 innings, limiting the opposition to a .182 batting average.
- Beau Amaral leads UCLA at the plate, having gone 7-for-15 with two doubles, four runs, two RBI and two walks. In UCLA's first two victories, he went 3-for-4 against Florida (June 19) and 3-for-3 against TCU (3-for-3).
- Slated to start Game 1 for the Bruins, Gerrit Cole earned the victory against TCU (June 21), striking out 13 batters in eight innings. Cole scattered five hits and allowed three runs in UCLA's 6-3 victory.
- Cody Regis has posted a .375 batting average with one homer, one double, a team-leading five RBI, three runs and a .474 on-base percentage in four College World Series games.
- The Bruins' pitching staff has limited the opposition to a .195 batting average (25 hits in 35.0 innings). UCLA has posted a 3.60 ERA, logging 48 strikeouts and 13 walks in 35.0 innings.
- As a team, UCLA is batting at a .324 clip in four College World Series games, having gone 45-for-139 at the plate with four home runs and seven doubles. The Bruins have posted a .410 on-base percentage in Omaha.
- UCLA is the only top-eight national seed to have advanced to the semifinals of this season's College World Series. This marks the first season in which the Bruins have earned a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA's pitching staff has posted the nation's second-lowest ERA (3.01), behind NCAA Super Regional participant Texas (2.47). The Bruins have established the program and Pac-10 records for single-season strikeouts, logging 687 in 599.0 innings (averaging 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings). UCLA is currently 45 strikeouts shy of the all-time NCAA team single-season record (732), set by Arizona State in 1972. UCLA's pitchers have recorded 10 or more strikeouts in 38 of the team's 66 games, entering Monday's game versus South Carolina.
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, the Bruins ranked second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.24) behind Texas. Through 66 games, UCLA's staff has surrendered 7.20 hits per nine innings, allowing 10 or more hits in 14 of 66 games. Remarkably, UCLA has scattered five hits or fewer in 21 ballgames. Garett Claypool (.174), Gerrit Cole (.194) and Dan Klein (.211) lead UCLA in the opponent batting average category.
UCLA has batted .306 in 10 postseason games this month, having 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 .436 (17-for-39) with one homer, five doubles, 13 runs and a .542 on-base percentage. Cody Regis is second on the team in postseason play with a .395 batting average, belting five homers and logging an .842 slugging percentage. UCLA's offense has belted 13 home runs and outscored the opposition, 78-33, in 10 postseason games.
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 165)
- 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 12-3 wtih a 3.02 ERA in 18 starts (opened CWS)
- Leads the nation with 165 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)
- Fanned 13 batters against TCU (June 26), allowing three runs and four hits on Saturday (June 26)
- 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 15 of his 18 starts, lasting 8.0 innings or more seven times
- Has twice earned All-Pac-10 Team honors (2009, 2010) along with teammate Gerrit Cole
THE RASMUSSEN FILE
- Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen has served as UCLA's No. 3 starter all year (11-3, 2.87 ERA)
- Selected in the second round (73rd overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins
- Earned the win in UCLA's postseason series clinching wins against UC Irvine and 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 (123), behind teammates Trevor Bauer (165) 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
Senior Blair Dunlap has batted .319 in 59 games, starting 57 contests as the Bruins' designated hitter. Dunlap has posted a career .296 batting average in 199 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 .315 with three homers, six doubles, 27 RBI and 20 runs in 53 games as a first baseman. Uribe, who earned first-team All-Academic Pac-10 honors this season, has batted .305 in 162 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 1.85 ERA in a team-leading 38 appearances (second in Pac-10 this year and on UCLA's single-season list). Klein has registered 10 saves in 13 opportunities, totaling 51 strikeouts and nine walks in 48.2 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 3.18 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .227 batting average in 181.0 innings. Right-handers Dan Klein (38 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 16-10 against teams ranked in Baseball America's top-25 poll (team ranked in poll during week of game). This record includes UCLA's seven postseason victories and two losses to top-25 opposition during the NCAA postseason. Most recently, the Bruins defeated No. 6 TCU on Saturday, June 26.
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 22-5 away from home (15-4 road, 7-1 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 .379 batting average and .495 on-base percentage (minimum 25 at-bats). Sophomore Erik Goeddel has gone 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA in 20.1 innings (all in relief), while senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 5-2 with a 1.85 ERA in eight road games (six starts).
Among the most vital members of UCLA's pitching staff this season, senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 8-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 21 games (12 starts), serving as both the Bruins' No. 4 starting pitcher (Tuesdays) and as a right-handed reliever. Claypool, who has totaled 74 strikeouts in 82.2 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 2.35 ERA, notching 19 strikeouts and four walks in 15.1 innings.
WORTHY OF AN ESPY
Sophomore corner infielder Dean Espy has batted .357 with nine homers, 52 RBI and 38 runs in 61 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 .595 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 7-15 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'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 (177). 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).