Baseball Hosts UC Santa Barbara and USC

Feb. 12, 2001

This Week:
Tuesday, February 13, UC Santa Barbara @ UCLA, 2:00
Friday, February 16, USC @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, USC @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, USC @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Next Week:

Tuesday, February 20, UCLA @ Pepperdine, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 23, Tulane @ UCLA, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, Tulane @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, Tulane @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.

Bruins Host Trojans In Non-Conference Series: After sweeping UNLV and winning its sixth straight game, UCLA hosts its crosstown rivals in a non-conference three game series. But before the Trojans make the trip to Westwood, the Bruins host UC Santa Barbara in a Tuesday afternoon game. That game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. but may be postponed due to rain. The Friday night game against USC will feature two of the top pitchers in college baseball- UCLA's Josh Karp and USC's Mark Prior. Both played for Team USA last summer and are rated in the top three of draft eligible college players. The Friday game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. The two weekend games are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. All three games can be heard on the internet at Jeff Blank will do the play by play while color will be provided by Cassidy Olson and Brian Criss.

Scouting the Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara is 1-2 after a three game series with San Jose State. The Gauchos won game one 15-8, but lost the next two games, 8-7 and 23-10. The three game series with Oregon State was rained out last weekend, so the Gauchos have not played since February 4. They are led by Tyler Von Schell who is hitting .636 with seven hits, two doubles and six RBI. Jeff Bannon is hitting .556with five hits and two doubles. Projected starting pitcher James Garcia picked up the win in the season opener, pitching seven innings and allowing four earned runs. Rylie Ogle has a 1.80 ERA in five innings.

Scouting the Trojans: USC started the season with six striaght wins before falling to Long Beach State on Sunday. The No.2 Trojans defeated the 49ers 6-2 and 10-1 in the first two games of the series and had a 5-3 lead in game three before surrendering six unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose 9-5. The Trojans are led by pitchers Mark Prior and Rik Currier. Each pitcher has two wins and a 1.35 and 1.80 ERA, respectively. Prior has already accumulated 22 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. Offensively, USC is led by Josh Self who is hitting .545. Bill Peavey is hitting .462 and leads the team in hits and RBI.

Balanced Bruins: The UCLA team is looking very balanced so far this season. The Bruins have outscored opponents 79-36. The team batting average is .351 with seven of the starters hitting above .300. The pitchers have been doing their part, allowing just 3.86 earned runs per game. They are allowing opposing batters to hit just .273.

Strong Relief Pitching: After looking a little shaky in the first two games, the Bruins relief pitching has been outstanding of late. During the Bruins' six game winning streak, the relief pitchers have only allowed four runs in 17 innings of work.

UCLA Sweeps UNLV: With strong pitching and timely hitting, the Bruins swept UNLV in their first home series of the season. Josh Karp started the game on Friday and pitched well, allowing two unearned runs in six innings while striking out eight. Kevin Jerkens relieved Karp in the seventh and pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five. Matt Pearl hit a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth to help the Bruins to the win, 6-2. In Game two, Jon Brandt pitched eight solid innings, allowing two runs to pick up his second win. Eric Reece went 3-for-5 with five RBI. He finished the day one single short of the cycle, hitting a double, triple and two run home run in the 10-2 victory. The Bruins swept the series with an 11-2 win on Sunday. The Bruins scored 10 runs in the second inning to give starter Bobby Roe a nice cushion to work with. He responded by only allowing two runs through six innings, striking out five and allowing six hits. In the series, the Bruins outhit the Rebels 32-19 and allowed only four earned runs.

Baron Leads Bruins To Home Opener Victory: Brian Baron went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs to lead UCLA to a 10-6 win over LMU last Tuesday night. After LMU took a 3-0 lead in the third, UCLA roared back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Matt Pearl started the inning with a double, and a Ben Francisco walk put runners at first and second. Baron singled to center field, scoring Pearl. An RBI ground out by Randall Shelley scored Francisco, and an Eric Reece double brought Baron home to tie the game. Wade Clark entered the game in the fourth, and allowed three runs, five hits and struck out four in the five inning outing. In the sixth, a Baron double scored Francisco, and Reece had his second double of the game, driving in two more runs. He would score later in the inning on an error to give UCLA a 10-6 lead that they would hold on to. Chris Cordeiro picked up his first save of the season, while Josh Canales finished the day 3-4.

After Dropping Game One, Bruins Batter Rainbows: The Bruins scored a combined 36 runs in the three games in Hawaii. Although the Bruins did lose a substantial amount of talent to the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, the 2001 Bruins showed that there was still plenty of offensive power left in Westwood. They finished up a successful first series by sweeping the last two games against Hawaii by a combined score of 28-5. After a disappointing 9-8 loss in the first game of the series, the Bruins came in Game two on fire, scoring nine runs in the first inning and forcing the Rainbows to go to their bullpen before UCLA had gone through its lineup. Not only was starter Bobby Roe effective, giving up only three runs in six innings, but relievers Wade Clark and Brandon Averill only gave up one hit in the final three innings. Ben Francisco was one home run away from hitting for the cycle and Matt Pearl was a perfect 4-4 at the plate. Josh Arhart was 3-5 with three runs scored and Eric Reece hit his first home run of the season, a line drive over the right field wall. Game three was a similar all-around effort as the Bruins crushed the Rainbows for the second day, 12-2. Senior Jon Brandt allowed only three hits and one run in five innings, and left the game with UCLA leading 10-1. Four Bruins doubled and freshman Casey Janssen made his first collegiate at bat a memorable one, hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning.

Tentative Starting Rotation:
Feb. 13, Brandon Averill, Fr, RHP (0-0, 0.00, 2.0 IP, 3K) vs. James Garcia, Jr, RHP (1-0, 5.14, 7.0 IP, 7K)
Feb. 16, Josh Karp, Jr., RHP (1-0, 0.69, 13.0 IP, 17K) vs. Mark Prior, Jr, RHP (2-0, 1.35, 13.1 IP, 22K)
Feb. 17, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (2-0, 3.18, 17.0 IP, 14K) vs. Rik Currier, Sr, RHP (2-0, 1.80, 15.0 IP, 14K)
Feb. 18, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (2-0, 5.11, 12.1 IP, 12K) vs. Anthony Reyes, So, RHP (0-0, 4.41, 16.1 IP, 10K)

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      .286, 0, 0C     Casey Grzecka      Jr.      .231, 0, 21B    Eric Reece       Sr.*    .452, 2, 162B    Ryan Rasmussen   Jr.      .172, 0, 2SS    Josh Canales     Sr.     .409, 0, 43B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .357, 0, 4LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .364, 1, 11CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .419, 1, 11RF    Ben Francisco    So.      .344, 0, 8DH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     .556, 1, 8---------------------------------------------------------------------

Head Coach Gary Adams - UCLA's All-Time Winningest Baseball Coach: In his 27th year at the helm of the UCLA baseball program, head coach Gary Adams has firmly cemented his name at the top of the UCLA coaching record books. With a 12-3 victory over then-No.2 Georgia Tech on Feb. 6, 1999 at Jackie Robinson Stadium, Adams secured his 800th career victory as the skipper of the Bruins. Just over a month later, Adams became a baseball legend with all-time career victory #1,000 March 2 at Arizona. He is in 13th place on the list of winningest active Division I coaches with 1,054 wins. Adams is the all-time winningest head baseball coach in UCLA history, a feat accomplished March 2, 1997 with win #748 coming at the Hormel Foods Classic in the Metrodome in Minnesota. In the first 26 years, Adams compiled a 866-700-7 (.553) record at UCLA. Thirty-six of Adams' former players at UCLA have reached the major leagues. Ten former Bruins have made their major league debut the past five seasons. In 2000, Eric Byrnes, Tom Jacquez, and Adam Melhuse all made their major-league debuts. In 1999, Dave Roberts made his major league debut with the Indians. In 1998, Troy Glaus and Jim Parque, who were teammates on UCLA's 1997 College World Series, reached the majors. Adams was the head coach at UC Irvine for five years before coming to UCLA and guided the Anteaters to back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships in 1973 and 1974. In 1974, Adams was named as the Division II Coach of the Year. Before the 2001 season, Adams' career record was 1,054-769-12 (.578). He played second base for the Bruins in 1959, 1960 and 1962. As a senior, he was selected as team captain and MVP.

A Look At....
Josh Karp: The Preseason All-American has been showing the scouts why he is projected as one of the top three draft eligible collegiate players. In his most recent start, he picked up the first win of the season, going six innings and allowing only two unearned runs. He gave up just three hits and struck out eight UNLV batters. Against Hawaii, he allowed his only earned run of the season, but struck out six batters in five innings of work. He started the season opener againt UC Riverside, but only pitched two scoreless innings before resting his arm for the series with Hawaii.

Jon Brandt: Brandt has provided the Bruins with consistent pitching deep into games. In his most recent game against UNLV, Brandt pitched eight innings and allowed only two earned runs. He struck out seven batters and only four hits. The senior right hander threw five innings against Hawaii to pick up his first win of the season. He gave up one earned run and struck out four in that game.

Bobby Roe: Roe completes the starting rotation and has been solid all year. He has picked up two wins and has gone six innings in each of his starts. Against Hawaii, he allowed three runs and struck out six, and against the Rebels, he allowed two runs, striking out five.

Brian Baron: The redshirt senior designated hitter has been the hottest Bruin bat this season. He's hitting a team-high .556 and leads the team in hits (15). He has been perfect in two games this season, going 4-for-4 against Hawaii (2/1) and Loyola Marymount (2/6). He has hit safely in all seven games he has played and has had multiple hits in four of those games. He missed the first game against UC Riverside due to illness, but was 4-for-4 in his first game of the season against Hawaii. He hit his first home run of the season against UNLV, a solo shot to right field.

Eric Reece: The senior first baseman has been one of the biggest Bruin hitters lately. Last week, he was 7-for-15, with 10 RBI, five runs, four doubles, a triple and a home run. On Saturday, he went 3 for 5 with 5 RBI. All three of his hits were extra base hits, as he finished the day with a double, a triple and a two run home run. On Tuesday against LMU, he was 2 for 4 with four RBI and two doubles. He is second on the team in batting average, hitting .452 with a .871 slugging percentage. He leads the team in home runs (2), RBI (16) and doubles (5). He is second on the team in hits (14). He has had six multi-hit games and has reached base safely in all eight games this season. He has an RBI in six of the eight games.

Ryan Rasmussen: The junior transfer from Riverside CC has struggled at the plate this season, but has been solid in the field, starting seven games at second base. He has not committed an error so far and leads the team in assists (19). He had two two-hit games against Hawaii (2/1 and 2/3), hitting a double in the first game against the Rainbows. He stole a base against Hawaii.

Josh Canales: The senior shortstop has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .409 in six games this season. He went 3-4 against LMU and was a perfect 3-3 in game one of the UNLV series. He hit a double and drove in two runs in the season opener against UC Riverside.

Randall Shelley: The junior third baseman has been a consistent hitter all season, reaching base safely in all eight games and picking up a hit in seven of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in every game UCLA has played this year and tied for the team lead in walks. He hit his first extra base hit on Sunday, a double.

Josh Arhart: Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot, and Arhart has started five of the first eight games. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in four of the five games and has scored six runs.

Casey Grzecka: Grzecka got the nod for two of the three games last weekend. The junior transfer from Long Beach State has started three games. He hit an RBI double in his first at-bat of the season at Hawaii. He has been pefect behind the plate, not committing an error in 27 chances.

Adam Berry: The junior outfielder has been a steady and consistently powerful hitter so far this season. He has started all eight games in left field and has hit safely in seven games. He picked up two hits in each of the first three games of the season. He hit UCLA's first home run of the year in Hawaii, and hit a triple against UC Riverside. He went 3-4 with two doubles against UNLV (2/10) and had a two-RBI double in the 10-run second inning against the Rebels on Feb. 11.

Matt Pearl: The senior center fielder is second on the team in RBI (11) and third on the team in hits (13). All of the games that he has hit safely in, he has had multiple hits. He went 3-5 against UC Riverside, 4-4 (2/2) and 2-4 (2/3) against Hawaii, 2-4 against LMU and 2-4 against UNLV (2/9). He hit a three run home run that gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead en route to their 6-2 win over the Rebels on Friday night. He has reached base safely in all eight games and is tied for the team lead in walks.

Ben Francisco: The sophomore right fielder started the season with a two game slump, but broke out of that in a hurry against Hawaii. In game two against the Rainbows, Francisco was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, after he went 4-5 with two doubles and a triple. He went 2-5 the next day with three RBI and two runs. The transfer from Cypress JC has hit safely in every game since the third game and is now batting .344.

Karp Selected Preseason All-American: Junior right-handed pitcher Josh Karp (Bothell, WA/Bothell HS) was named a first-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball. This is the second year that Karp has been honored in the pre-season.

Tough Opponents In 2001: UCLA will face seven opponents ranked in Top 25 preseason polls this year including two teams ranked in the Top 10: USC (#2, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball), Arizona State (#6 BA, CB), Stanford (#11 CB, #14 BA) Cal State Fullerton (#12, CB, #15, BA), Pepperdine (#18 BA, #37 CB), Tulane (#19 BA, #33 CB), and Long Beach State (#22 BA, CB).

Bruins on the Radio: Selected UCLA baseball games will be broadcast live on the internet at Jeff Blank will call the play-by-play with Cassidy Olson doing the color commentary for Saturday and Sunday games, while Brian Criss will handle color for Friday games and road games. Here is a schedule of those games broadcast on the internet in 2001:

Date            Opponent           Location                  Time PSTSun., Feb. 11   UNLV               Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Feb. 16   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   5 p.m.Sat., Feb. 17   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Feb. 18   USC                Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Feb. 25   Tulane             Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Mar. 9    Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., Mar. 10   Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., Mar. 11   Arizona            Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Apr. 6    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 7    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             1 p.m.Sun., Apr. 8    Stanford           Palo Alto, CA             1 p.m.Thur., Apr. 12  Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Fri., Apr. 13   Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 14   Washington         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., Apr. 27   USC                Dedeaux Field             6 p.m.Sat., Apr. 28   USC                Dedeaux Field             1 p.m.Sun., Apr. 29   USC                Dedeaux Field             1 p.m.Fri., May 4     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., May 5     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., May 6     California         Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Wed., May 9     Cal State Fullerton Jackie Robinson Stadium  6 p.m.Fri., May 11    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   6 p.m.Sat., May 12    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Sun., May 13    Oregon State       Jackie Robinson Stadium   1 p.m.Fri., May 18    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 7 p.m.Sat., May 19    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 7 p.m.Sun., May 20    Arizona State      Tempe, AZ                 1 p.m.
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