No. 17 Baseball Travels to Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina

Feb. 27, 2001

This Week:
Tuesday, February 27, UCLA @ CS Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 2, UCLA @ North Carolina, 12:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, March 3, UCLA @ North Carolina, 10:00 a.m. PST
Sunday, March 4, UCLA @ North Carolina, 10:00 a.m. PST

Next Week:
Tuesday, March 6, UCLA @ LMU, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, March 9, Arizona @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, Arizona @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, Arizona @ UCLA, 1:00 p.m.

Bruins Take To The Road: Last week the Bruins defeated two top-20 opponents, but also had two games rained out. They had another exciting ninth inning rally to defeat Pepperdine, 6-5 and won game one of the scheduled three game series with Tulane, 8-3. Games two and three were rained out. UCLA is 17th in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll, 22nd in the latest Baseball America poll, and 24th in the Collegiate Baseball poll. This week, the Bruins play Cal State Fullerton before hopping on a plane to the east coast and taking on the University of North Carolina for a three game series. Tuesday's game is at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen in Orange County on the Orange County News Channel. Friday's game is at 3:00 p.m, EST, while Saturday and Sunday's games are at 1:00 p.m.

Scouting the Titans: Cal State Fullerton is 6-7 after falling to Arizona State on Friday night, 5-3. The Titans have won four of their last six games and are ranked 24th in the latest Baseball America poll. Starting pitcher Kirk Saarloos almost had a perfect game in his last start against BYU. He retired the first 23 batters he faced before the Cougars got a hit in the eighth inning. On the year, he has 2-2 witha 1.41 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 32 innings. Offensively, the Titans are led by Robert Guzman who is hitting .333. Mike Rouse is hitting .325 with three doubles and a home run.

Scouting the Tar Heels: North Carolina is ranked 29th in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll. The Tar Heels are 9-2 after completing a weekend sweep of Seton Hall. UNC has won its last five games after dropping two games to South Alabama and Auburn. Offensively, the Tar Heels are led by Ralph Roberts who is hitting .364 with two doubles, two triples and a home run. He has a .636 slugging percentage and 11 RBI. Jason Howell is hitting .355, while Adam Greenberg is batting .351. Howell is also helping out on the mound and has a 2-0 record with a 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings. Daniel Moore is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and Scott Manshack is 1-0 with 12 strikeouts and has a 4.02 ERA.

Bruins Win Game One Before Rain Cancels Rest of Series: The Bruins defeated their third ranked opponent in seven days, winning game one against the Green Wave, 8-3. Josh Karp struck out eight batters and allowed only one hit through six innings to lead the Bruins to the victory. The Bruins allowed the three runs in the fourth, all unearned, but scored six runs in the sixth and added two more in the seventh for the winning margin. Karp got things started well for the Bruins, striking out four batters in the first three innings. However, in the fourth, the Bruin defense struggled and allowed Tulane to score three unearned runs. Tulane's starter Nick Bourgeois looked strong through five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs through five. But the Bruins made another comeback in the sixth. Brian Baron started the inning with a single through the left side and Adam Berry walked. Eric Reece singled through the left side, scoring Baron. A Randall Shelley walk loaded the bases again, and was enough to send Bourgeois to the showers. Casey Grzecka was hit by Andrew Corona's second pitch of the game, allowing Berry to score. Josh Canales blooped a single that dropped in front of center fielder Matt Groff to score Shelley. Matt Pearl picked up a walk, and in Baron's second at bat of the inning, he hit a two RBI single up the middle to give the Bruins a 6-3 advantage. Reece started the seventh with a double down the left field line. Shelley struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch. Grzecka hit his second double of the game to drive in Reece and Shelley to widen the lead, 8-3. Mike Kunes relieved Karp in the seventh and allowed only one hit to pick up his first save of the season. He struck out two batters and only walked one. With the strong outing, Karp picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Bruins Pull Out Another Ninth Inning Win: The Bruins scored two runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the 10th ranked Pepperdine Waves, 6-5, in non conference action last Tuesday. Adam Berry drove in Christian Lewis with a single to left field in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, and Bruin reliever Doug Silva struck out Jared Pitney with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win for the Bruins. UCLA starter Wade Clark allowed the Waves to take a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Bruins put their first run in the board in the fourth. Eric Reece doubled to left field. After the Reece double, Pepperdine pitcher Eric Valenzuela walked three straight batters, with Rashad Parker's walk sending Reece home for the Bruins' first run. The Waves took a 4-1 lead, but the Bruins respond in the top of the seventh with three runs. Freshman Preston Griffin started the inning with a single, and right fielder Ben Francisco hit his first home run of the season to cut the Wave lead to 4-3. Brian Baron singled in his next at bat, and after a Berry walk, pitcher Kevin Beavers balked to advance the runners to second and third. A Reece ground out sent Baron home to tie the game at 4-4. After Bruin reliever Paul Diaz allowed a run, freshman Casey Janssen came in and forced Pepperdine to ground out and strike out. Down 5-4 in the ninth, the Bruins put together another game winning rally. Francisco came up with his third hit of the game, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Baron hit a double to left center, sending Francisco home to the tie game. With Baron's pinch runner, Lewis, at second, Berry got his first hit of the game to score Lewis home for the go ahead run. The Waves put together a strong run in the bottom of the ninth, but outstanding relief pitching by Silva ended the threat. Silva entered the game with the bases loaded and one out, but forced Danny Garcia to line out to Griffin, and struck out Pitney to preserve the win and get his first save of the season. Kevin Jerkens picked up his second win of the season after pitching one inning and allowing two hits.

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' last 12 games, the relief pitchers have only allowed 12 runs in 53.1 innings of work.

Bruins Win One Game Against Trojans: Strong pitching and timely hitting lead the Bruins to a spectacular 4-3 win over USC on Friday night. Josh Karp started on the mound for the Bruins and he pitched well, allowing three runs on four hits through six innings. Rashad Parker was able to score UCLA's first run of the game in the third inning, but the Bruins would remain scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. Brian Baron started the inning with a single, and Randall Shelley walked, putting two runners on base. With two outs and a 2-2 count, Adam Berry hit a bomb over the wall in left center to give the Bruins their second come from behind victory in three days. Game two was a different story as Trojan pitcher Rik Currier limited the Bruins to two hits and no runs as the Bruins were shut out, 6-0. Game three was just as dramatic as game one, but this time the Trojans pulled out the heroics. The Bruins took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning, but allowed runs in the sixth and seventh inning to tie the score at 4-4. The Bruins had an excellent opportunity to score in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Randall Shelley popped up to second to strand the runners. USC's Michael Morales hit an RBI single in the top of the 11th to give the Trojans the 5-4 lead that would turn out to be the final score.

Bruins Survive 14 Inning Showdown: Center fielder Matt Pearl hit a line drive to right field that scored Josh Arhart from second base to give the UCLA Bruins a 6-5 win in a 14 inning battle with UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, and 4-0 after the fifth inning. Pearl hit a solo home run to right center to cut the lead to 4-1. In the eighth inning, Josh Canales singled to center field. Pearl doubled, sending Canales home to make the score 4-2 going into the ninth inning. Brian Baron singled to center field to start the inning. Eric Reece walked to put runners at first and second. Baron's pinch runner, Christian Lewis, advanced to third on an Adam Berry fielder's choice, and was sent home with a Casey Grzecka RBI single to right field. With Berry at third and Grzecka at second, UC Santa Barbara pitcher Jared Schumaker tripped as he was throwing a pitch to John Campanella. He fell forward, still holding the ball, and the umpires ruled that he balked. The balk sent Berry home, tying the game at 4-4. The game remained scoreless in the 10th inning, but Schumaker attempted to make up for the balk by hitting an RBI single that scored Ryan Spilborghs to give the Gauchos a 5-4 lead. But the Bruins answered again. Rashad Parker tripled to center field, and Berry hit a dribbler right in front of pitcher Jamie Gonzales. Gonzales was able to throw Berry out at first, but Parker scooted in behind him to tie the game again. Doug Silva entered the game for the Bruins the 13th inning with a runner on base. He was able to strike out all five batters he faced to keep the game tied at five each. Arhart started the 14th inning with a single through the left side. After a Canales strike out, Pearl came up to bat. Arhart stole second during Pearl's at bat. Pearl hit a line drive into right field and Spilborghs throw to the plate was not in time to get Arhart coming home with the game winning run.

Tentative Starting Rotation:
Feb. 27, Bobby Roe, Sr, LHP (2-0, 4.32, 16.2 IP, 14K) vs. Kirk Saarloos, Sr, RHP (2-2, 1.41, 33K)
Mar. 2, Josh Karp, Jr., RHP (2-0, 1.44, 25.0 IP, 34K) vs. Daniel Moore, Fr, LHP (2-0, 1.93)
Mar. 3, Jon Brandt, Sr., RHP (2-1, 4.22, 21.1 IP, 20K) vs. Scott Manshack, Fr, RHP (1-0, 4.02, 12K)
Mar. 4, TBA vs. TBA

2001 UCLA's Expected Starters (By Position)

Pos.  Player           Class    2001 Stats (AVG, HR, RBI)C     Josh Arhart      Jr.      .296, 0, 0C     Casey Grzecka    Jr.     .241, 0, 61B    Eric Reece      Sr.*    .357, 2, 192B    Josh Canales     Sr.     .310, 0, 6SS    Preston Griffin Fr.     .143, 0, 13B    Randall Shelley  Jr.     .288, 0, 4LF    Adam Berry       Jr.*    .259, 2, 16CF    Matt Pearl       Sr.     .286, 2, 14RF    Ben Francisco    So.      .267, 1, 10DH    Brian Baron      Sr.*     .510, 1, 11---------------------------------------------------------------------

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. After the 2000 season, he was 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. Adams has compiled a 876-704-7 (.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. Adams' career record is 1064-773-12 (.585). 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. Last weekend against Tulane, he allowed only one hit through six innings, and struck out eigth batters. He did not allow an earned run. Against USC, he faced the biggest challenge of the season. He was matched up against Team USA teammate Mark Prior when the Bruins took on the Trojans. Although neither pitcher factored in the decision, Karp looked outstanding, giving up only three earned runs in six innings and striking out nine batters. Against UNLV, 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.

Jon Brandt: Brandt has provided the Bruins with consistent pitching deep into games. He had a solid outing against hot-hitting USC, but suffered his first loss of the season. He pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five earned runs and struck out six batters. 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 went six innings in two of his three starts. Last weekend against USC, he went 4.1 innings and gave up one earned run and allowed three hits. 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 .510 and leads the team in hits (26). 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 13 games he has played and has had multiple hits in seven 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. He went 4-5 with a run and an RBI against Pepperdine.

Eric Reece: The senior first baseman has been one of the biggest Bruin hitters lately. During the week of February 6, he was 7-for-15, with 10 RBI, five runs, four doubles, a triple and a home run. Against UNLV (2/10), 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. Against LMU, he was 2 for 4 with four RBI and two doubles. He is second on the team in batting average, hitting .357 with a .643 slugging percentage. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (2), and leads the team in RBI (19) and doubles (8). He is second on the team in hits (20). He has had eight multi-hit games and has reached base safely in 12 of 14 games this season. He has an RBI in nine of the 14 games.

Josh Canales: The senior shortstop/second baseman has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .310 in 11 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. In the game against Tulane, he moved over to second base in the seventh inning, with freshman Preston Griffin taking over at short. He started at second for the attempted second game against Tulane that was rained out after three innings.

Preston Griffin: The freshman shortstop has played in six games, starting three. He his hitting. 143 with two hits and an RBI in 14 at bats. He started his first game in Hawaii, and against UNLV and Pepperdine. He entered the Tulane game in the seventh inning, and started the second game against Tulane that was rained out after three innings.

Randall Shelley: The junior third baseman has been a consistent hitter all season, reaching base safely in 12 of the 14 games and picking up a hit in ten of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in 10 of the 14 games UCLA has played this year and is second on the team in walks.

Josh Arhart: Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot, and Arhart has started six of the 14 games. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in five of the six games and has scored seven runs. He scored the game winning run in the 14 inning, 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara. After hitting a single, he stole second base and was able to score on Matt Pearl's line drive to right field to end the game.

Casey Grzecka: Grzecka has started eight games, including the four of the last five. He hit an RBI double in his first at-bat of the season at Hawaii. He has been perfect behind the plate, not committing an error in 67 chances. He hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning against UC Santa Barbara to make the score 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth before the Bruins would go on to tie the game and eventually win in the 14th inning. Against Tulane, he had two doubles and three RBI.

Adam Berry: The junior outfielder has been a clutch hitter so far this season. He has started all 14 games in left field and has hit safely in nine games. Against USC (2/16), Berry was the hero, hitting a two-out three-run home run to give the Bruins the 4-3 win over the cross town rivals. 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. He scored the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and drove in another game tying run in the bottom of the 11th in the 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara. He drove in the game-winning run in UCLA's 6-5 ninth inning victory over Pepperdine.

Matt Pearl: The senior center fielder is third on the team in hits (16) and RBI (14). 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, 2-4 against UNLV (2/9) and 3-5 against UCSB (2/14). 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 (2/9). He has reached base safely in 12 of 13 games and leads the team in walks (10). Against UCSB, he drove in three of UCLA's six runs, including the game winner in the 14th inning of the 6-5 win.

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. He hit his first home run as a Bruin against Pepperdine, going 3-5 on the day with two runs and two RBI.

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 PSTFri., 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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