Baseball Takes A Break From Conference Play

April 17, 2001

This Week:
Tuesday, April 17, Long Beach State @ UCLA, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, UCLA @ Cal State Fullerton, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 20, UCLA @ Kansas State, 1:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, April 21, UCLA @ Kansas State, 2:00 p.m. PST
Sunday, April 22, UCLA @ Kansas State, 12:00 p.m. PST

Next Week:
Tuesday, April 24, UCLA @ Long Beach State, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27, UCLA @ USC, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, UCLA @ USC, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, UCLA @ USC, 1:00 p.m.

The UCLA Bruins will take a break from conference play, as they will play five non-conference games this week. Long Beach State travels up the 405 to Jackie Robinson Stadium for a Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. game. The game will be seen live on Fox Sports West 2. On Wednesday, the Bruins will travel to Cal State Fullerton for a make up game that was originally scheduled for February 27. The game was postponed due to rain. This weekend, UCLA will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first ever meeting between the Bruins and the Wildcats. Friday's game starts at 1:00 p.m. PST, Saturday's game is at 2:00 p.m. PST, and the finale is on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PST.

Bruins Drop Game One, Come Back To Win Series With Washington: Washington won game one of the three game series behind a complete game shutout by junior pitcher Shawn Kohn. The Bruins managed just four hits off of Kohn. Jon Brandt had his best performance of the season, pitching his first complete game of the season, and allowing just one earned runs, but errors caused the Bruins to give up three runs for the 3-0 loss. UCLA bounced back to defeat the Huskies on Friday night, 4-2. Josh Karp struck out 10 and allowed just one run in 7.0 innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. Brian Baron went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run to help the Bruins win. Offense was not a problem for UCLA on Saturday, as the Bruins crushed Washington, 11-3. The score was tied 2-2 after three innings, but the Bruins scored two in the fourth, and five in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Paul Diaz picked up his second win in a week as he allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings of work. Eric Reece went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run to go along with 2 RBI and three runs. Ben Francisco recorded four hits and Baron went 2-for-5 to keep his batting average at .500.

Bruins Hand Stanford Starter First Loss Of The Season, Win One in Palo Alto: UCLA split a doubleheader with No. 1 Stanford at Sunken Diamond on Saturday, winning game one 6-4, but falling in game two, 9-0. Brian Baron went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly to lead the Bruins to the victory in game one. Josh Karp (3-0) pitched five shutout innings, allowing just five hits and striking out six, and UCLA handed Cardinal Jeremy Guthrie (7-1) his first loss of the season. The Bruins got on the board in the first, as Matt Pearl singled to start the game. Two batters later, Baron hit his second home run of the year, a bomb over the 400 sign in center field, to give UCLA a 2-0 lead. Josh Canales singled to start the fifth inning, and went to second on a Pearl single. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a Ben Francisco sacrifice bunt, and the bases filled up when Stanford intentionally walked Baron. Adam Berry drove home Canales on his ground out to second baseman Chris O'Riordan. The Bruins extended their lead to 5-0 in the seventh. Canales led off with another single, and two Cardinal errors allowed him to reach third. A Francisco double allowed Canales to score. Francisco stole third, and reached home on a Baron sacrifice fly. UCLA starter Karp looked incredible on the mound, allowing five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two, and was able to come up with some big outs when Stanford had runners on base. The Cardinal finally put some runs on the board in the seventh, scoring four runs, including a solo home run by O'Riordan. The UCLA lead was cut to one run after seven innings. Eric Reece gave the Bruins a little bit of breathing room with a solo home run in the eighth. Stanford threatened in the eighth, as reliever Kevin Jerkens allowed a single and a walk to put runners at first and second with two outs. However, Doug Silva came in to strike out Jason VanMeetren to end the Cardinal threat. Silva struck out two more Stanford batters in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season. Game two was a different story, as the Cardinal jumped all over UCLA starter Jon Brandt, and Stanford starter Jeff Bruksch shut down the UCLA offense. Brandt allowed seven earned runs on five hits, striking out two, but allowing four walks in three innings of work. After sitting down the side in order in the first, Brandt allowed three runs in the second, two in the third, and put two runners on base in the fourth before leaving the game. Casey Janssen relieved Brandt in the fourth, allowing two runs of his own before settling down. He allowed just those two runs in three innings, striking out two and allowing three hits. Game three started out similar to game two, as Stanford starter Mike Gosling held the Bruins scoreless until the eighth inning. Shelley hit a solo home run in the eighth to end 17 consecutive Bruin scoreless innings. Wade Clark suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in 2.2 innings in the first weekend start of his career.

Late Inning Comebacks Lead Bruins Over Cougars: Things started well in Pullman for the Bruins. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead after three innings but the Cougars fought back and got the win with a run in the bottom of the ninth. UCLA pulled out two late inning victories in the last two games of the series with defeating the Cougars 13-10 in game one of the doubleheader, and 10-9 in game two. The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Cougars answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Each team scored a run in the second, and the Bruins extended their lead to 7-5 in the third. But the Cougars scored four runs in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. The Bruins tied it up in the seventh on a two RBI double by Josh Arhart. The charge continued in the ninth, as the Bruins scored four runs on four hits to take a 13-9 lead. Highlights include an RBI single by Preston Griffin, and a two RBI double by Josh Canales. The Cougars scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but winning pitcher Mike Kunes forced Evan Hecker to hit the ball to left field for the final out of the game. Griffin had a great game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Arhart finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Adam Berry went 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Game two started differently than the first two for the Bruins. Cougar starter Zach Fisher was able to quiet the Bruin bats, allowing only two hits through the first six innings. The Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead after six innings. The Bruins started their comeback in the seventh. UCLA scored seven runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, to cut the Cougar lead to 9-7. The Bruins tacked on three more runs in the eighth. Freshman Casey Janssen had a double, while Josh Canales and Matt Pearl had RBI singles to give the Bruins their first lead of the day at 10-9. Wade Clark picked up his second win of the season by shutting the Cougar offense down. He went 5.0 innings, allowed just one unearned run and struck out three. Pearl, Canales and Brian Baron each had two hits for UCLA, while Shane Miranda had a two RBI single and scored in his first at-bat of the series.

Bruins Take One Game Against Wildcats: UCLA won game one of the three-game Pac-10 series with Arizona, but could not repeat the late inning heroics in the last two games. In Game one, Josh Karp pitched well, allowing only five hits and two unearned runs in eight innings. Ben Francisco played a part in all three runs, scoring two, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth, and driving in one. Adam Berry was up to his usual heroics, driving a ball through the left side of the infield that allowed Francisco to score from second. The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but only one of the runs was earned. The Bruins could not get any runs until the eighth inning when they scored four, but it was not enough. Preston Griffin and Josh Canales were both 2-for-3 and Francisco was 2-for-5. Jon Brandt suffered the loss for the Bruins, despite giving up only one earned run. Sunday's game ended with the same result as Saturday. The Bruins scored three runs in the first four innings, but the Cats put up five runs through six. Griffin hit a solo home run in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4, but uncharacteristically, the relief pitching allowed three runs in the top of the ninth. Down 9-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bruins just couldn't score more than Randall Shelley's two run home run.

Tentative Starting Rotation:
April 17, Casey Janssen, Fr, RHP (0-1, 3.18, 11.1 IP, 9K) vs. Joey Pace (4-0 3.38, 26.2 IP, 25K)
April 18, Jon Brandt, Sr, RHP (3-4, 4.97, 44K) vs. Wes Littleton (2-0, 6.38, 18.1 IP, 18K)
April 20, Josh Karp, Jr, RHP (4-0, 2.61, 73K) vs. Luke Robertson (5-5, 5.87)
April 21, Paul Diaz, Sr, RHP (3-0, 2.88, 25.0 IP) vs. Kevin Melcher (2-2, 4.66)
April 22, TBA vs. Brock Smith (1-3, 7.32)

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 890-712-7 (.555) 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 4-0 2.61 58.2 IP 73K 17 ER/29 RThe Preseason All-American has been showing the scouts why he is projected as one of the top five draft eligible collegiate players. Last week, he put together his best performance of the season. He allowed just one run in 7.0 innings, striking out a season-high 10 batters. He improved his career Pac-10 record to 13-1, avenging his only Pac-10 loss, a 1999 decision to the Huskies. Two weeks ago against Stanford, he was incredible against the No. 1 team in the nation. He shutout the Cardinal in five innings, striking out six and allowing just five hits. He pitched himself out of some tough situations to help the Bruins hand Jeremy Guthrie his first loss of the season. In the Pac-10 opener against Arizona, he allowed only five hits through eight innings, his longest outing of the season. He struck out six and allowed only two unearned runs. Against Tulane, he allowed only one hit through six innings, and struck out eight 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. Karp is working his way up the UCLA career strikeout list. He currently has 243 strikeouts in 2-plus years, putting him in 10th place all time. He moved into a tie for eighth place with 22 career wins, and is tied for 6th place with 39 starts.

Jon Brandt 3-4 4.97 54.1 IP 44K 30ER/41RAfter a few shaky starts, Brandt came out with his best performance of the season last weekend against Washington. He allowed just one earned run in his first complete game of the season, but was the tough luck loser in the 3-0 loss. He allowed seven runs in 3.0 innings against Stanford for his third loss of the season. In his first Pac-10 start against Arizona, Brandt allowed just one earned run through 5.2 innings. After the Bruins dropped game one to North Carolina, Brandt came out to limit the Tar Heels to four hits through eight innings. He struck out nine and walked only one. 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. Brandt is currently in 7th place in career strikeouts with 253. He is in 10th place with 281.0 innings pitched and 10th on the appearances list with 71. He should make his way onto the top 10 of several other career categories as the season progresses: wins, and games started.

Paul Diaz 3-0 2.88 25.0 IP 12K 8ER/8RDiaz has moved into the starting lineup with some strong starts over the past two weeks. He started his first game of the season on April 3 against Pepperdine, and pitched well, allowing just two earned runs in 5.0 innings. He earned his second start a week later at San Diego State, holding the Aztecs scoreless in 4.0 innings to pick up his second win of the season. He started his first Pac-10 game on Saturday, allowing just two earned runs in 5.2 innings, striking out five, to pick up his second victory in four days.

Bobby Roe 3-2 6.19 36.1 IP 22K 25ER/32RRoe started the season as the Sunday starter, but has been moved to a reliever role and has pitched well for the Bruins in that role. Against Stanford he pitched two scoreless innings, and against San Diego State he helped extend the Bruin shutout with three innings of scoreless pitching. He kept the Huskies scoreless in the one inning he pitched against Washington. He allowed seven earned runs in 4.0 innings at Washington State. In the Pac-10 opening series against Arizona, he pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs. 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. Like the other experienced members of the starting rotation, Roe is working his way into the UCLA record books. With 80 career appearances, he is already in 4th place on that list.

Brian Baron .500 73H 31R 30RBI 10 SO .623 SLG %The redshirt senior designated hitter is leading the nation in batting average as of April 16. He's hitting a team and league -high .500 and leads the team and league in hits. He hit a home run off of Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie, the first that the Cardinal ace has allowed all year. He has been perfect in three games this season, going 4-for-4 against Hawaii (2/1) and Loyola Marymount (2/6) and 3-for-3 against Washington (4/13). He has reached base safely in all but one of the 35 games he has played and has had multiple hits in 23 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 was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-8 in games against Tulane and Pepperdine (2/28). He has struck out only 10 times in 146 at bats this season. Dating back to the 1999 season, Baron had a 21 game hitting streak that ended on March 13 against Cal State Northridge when he went 0-1 with three walks and a sac fly. He had a 12 game hitting streak snapped on April 12 with an 0-for-4 performance against Washington. He went 8-for-10 with 5 RBI in the two games against highly ranked Pepperdine. He has had six four-hit games. He hit .500 (5-for-10) in the series against Stanford, one of the top pitching staffs in the nation.

Eric Reece .279 39H 29R 32 RBI 12 2B .486 SLG %After a strong start, the senior firsr baseman has struggled at the plate over the last few weeks, but seemed to have turned the slump around with a 3-for-4 performance against Washington (4/13). He had a double, a home run, three runs and two RBI in the game. 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. His average was as high as .371 in early March, but he only picked up five hits in the 10 games before Saturday. He leads the team in RBI and doubles.

Josh Canales .358 44H 18R 13 RBI 6 SH .415 SLG%The senior second baseman has been having a great season at the plate, hitting .358 in 33 games this season. He had a career-high 15 game hitting streak snapped at Stanford on April 8. Since the time the streak started to now, he raised his average from .283 to .358. He went 3-4 against LMU and was a perfect 3-3 in game one of the UNLV series. He started the season at shortstop, but moved to second base for the North Carolina series and has been there ever since. In the weekend series with the Wildcats, he went 6-for-10 with a double. He has hit safely in 21 of the last 23 games and leads the team in sacrifice hits.

Preston Griffin .255 24H 18R 15RBI .351SLG % 2 HRThe freshman shortstop had a rough weekend against Washington. He was held hitless in the series and committed two errors in game one. He raised his batting average to a season-high .310 on April 3, but it has fallen to .255 in the past two weeks. He started three games before entering the lineup full time in North Carolina. He picked up his first collegiate home run against the Tar Heels, a grand slam in the 12-2 win. He had two hits in each of the final two games of the series with Arizona, including a solo home run. He had a 4-for-5 game at Washington State and a perfect 3-for-3 day against Pepperdine.

Randall Shelley .256 33H 27R 11RBI 18BB 8 2BThe junior third baseman has been a steady hitter all season, reaching base safely in 27 of the 36 games and picking up a hit in 20 of those games. He went 3-4 on opening day and recorded two hits against UNLV (2/11). He has scored a run in 13 of the first 17 games, but has only scored two times in the last nine games. He is second on the team in walks. He went 3-for-3 with three runs in game 2 of the North Carolina series. He hit his first home run of the year against Atizona (3/11) and his second at Stanford (4/8).

Josh Arhart .343 24H 14R 16RBI .471 SLG%Arhart and Grzecka have split time at the catcher spot. Arhart has started 18 of the 36 games and has appeared in 25. He went 3-5 with three runs and a double against Hawaii (2/2). He has hit safely in 14 of the 18 games he has started and has scored 14 runs. He scored the game winning run in the 14 inning, 6-5 win over UC Santa Barbara. He had a great game against Cal State Northridge (3/13) when he went 3-for-3 with three runs, three RBI and his first UCLA home run. He went 3-for-5 with four RBI against WSU (4/1) and 2-for-3 against Pepperdine (4/3). He was 1-for-2 with four RBI, including a three run home run against Washington (4/13). His average is at a season-high.

Casey Grzecka .238 15H 5R 13RBI 4 2B 1 HRGrzecka has started 18 games and appeared in 21. He hit an RBI double in his first at-bat of the season at Hawaii. He has been close to perfect behind the plate, only committing one error in 145 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. He hit his first home run of the season against LMU (3/6), going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI on the day. He was a perfect 4-for-4 in game one against WSU.

Adam Berry .248 34H 25R 29RBI 5 HR .438 SLG%The junior outfielder has been a clutch hitter so far this season, but has struggled at the plate lately. He only has one hit in his last six games (17 at-bats). He has started 34 of 36 games in left field and has hit safely in 21 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 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. He drove in the game winning run in the 3-2 victory over Arizona in the Pac-10 opener. He was a single away from hitting for the cycle against Purdue. He went 6-for-16 with 6 runs and 4 RBI in the series with WSU.

Matt Pearl .301 46H 29R 25RBI 3 HR .425 SLG%The senior center fielder has been a solid in the top of the order all season. He has 16 multiple hit games. 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 32 of 36 games and leads the team in walks (21). Against UCSB, he drove in three of UCLA's six runs, including the game winner in the 14th inning of the 6-5 win. After a five game slump in February, he broke out of that with a bang in North Carolina. In the two games, he went 5-for-8 with four runs, three RBI, two doubles and a home run.

Ben Francisco .301 43H 34R 26RBI 4 HRThe sophomore right fielder has provided the Bruins with some big hits. 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. He had an outstanding series against Arizona, going 7-for-14 with three runs, two RBI and two doubles. He played a role in all three runs in the 3-2 win over the Cats, scoring two, including the game-winner, and driving in another. He went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs in game one against WSU, and has hit safely in 18 of the last 23 games. He was hitless in the first two games of the Washington series, but rebounded with a 4-for-5 game in the series finale (4/14).