UCLA Baseball Hits The Road To Face Pacific
Feb. 15, 2006
UCLA vs. Pacific - Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., Hector Ambriz (0-2, 8.31) vs. Luke Massetti (1-0, 1.35)
UCLA vs. Pacific - Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m., Dave Huff (0-1, 1.88) vs. Jake Wild (1-0, 2.38)
UCLA vs. Pacific - Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m., Tyson Brummett (1-1, 3.77) vs. Ty'Relle Harris (1-0, 2.57)
Get After It: The UCLA baseball team (2-5) hits the road for the first time this season for a three-game series against the Pacific Tigers (6-1) at Stockton Ballpark beginning Friday. The Bruins and the Tigers will meet for the fourth-consecutive season, with UCLA playing at Pacific for the first time in more than 30 years.
UC Riverside Recap: UCLA dropped a non-conference matchup to UC Riverside, 6-4, Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium in its first of nine games against Big West foes in a two-week span. The Bruins battled back to tie the game on three different occasions, but gave up two runs in the ninth inning to the Highlanders lose hold of a 4-4 tie.
About the Tigers: The University of the Pacific Tigers enter the weekend's three-game series with a 6-1 record, a 5-1 mark at Stockton Ballpark, and a four-game winning streak. The Tigers knocked off Sacramento State 8-3 on Tuesday night, after sweeping BYU in a three-game set (2-1, 6-3, 4-3) over the weekend. Pacific's three-game home series against UCLA will be its last before playing 18 of its next 22 games away from home. As a team, the Tigers hit .284 (66-232) from the plate with eight home runs, 39 RBI, and 41 runs scored. The Tigers have six players hitting over .500, three players with 10 or more hits (Matt Berezay, Adam Ching, Ramon Glasgow), and two players with three home runs on the season (Berezay, Justin Baum). As a team, the Tigers own a 2.29 ERA on the mound with 57 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched. The Tigers are led by head coach Ed Sprague.
The Pacific-UCLA Series: Since the 1975 season, UCLA is 3-4 versus the Tigers from Stockton, Calif. Last year, Pacific took two of three games (7-5, 10-9) from the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium after dropping the first game 9-0. These two teams split games in 2004 in Los Angeles, as Pacific has won four of the last six in this series. UCLA will play at Pacific for the first time in more than 30 years, with the only other matchup between these two schools since 1975 occurring in 1987, an 8-3 Bruin win at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Tim Murphy, OF, Fr. (.300, 1 HR, 4 RBI) - Murphy is out of the UCLA lineup for 6-to-8 weeks after suffering a fractured right wrist during Tuesday's game versus UC Riverside in the eighth inning when he was hit by a pitch.
Sean Carpenter, UTL, Sr. - Carpenter is out of the Bruin lineup for an indefinite time period after injuring his right knee during a run down in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game against UC Riverside.
As The Game Goes On: Through seven games, the Bruins have scored 21 of their 35 total runs (60 percent) in the final four innings of games. UCLA has scored a total of nine runs in the sixth inning, three in the seventh, nine in the eighth inning, but zero runs in the ninth inning.
Silent But Deadly: Senior outfielder Chris Jensen again went about his business on Tuesday against UCR, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. It was Jensen's third multi hit game of the season, a team best figure. Jensen has two two-hit games, and a four-hit game this year, and collected 10 multi-hit games last season. He enters this weekend's action with a .370 batting average (10-27), which is second best on the squad, a team-best 10 hits, and four runs scored.
Keep Their Headz Ringin: Freshman shortstop Brandon Crawford has emerged as a consistent offensive threat for the Bruins out of the nine-hole in the lineup. Crawford leads the team with a .391 batting average (9-23), with four RBI, four runs scored, and a team-best two base swipes. The 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter also collected his third triple of the season against UC Riverside, which is currently tops in the Pac-10 Conference. Crawford is riding a team-best five-game hitting streak, and has recorded a hit in six of the seven games this year.
Middle Infield Production: Shortstop Brandon Crawford and senior second baseman Sean Smith are making quite the combination up the middle for UCLA. Combined, the duo is batting .372 (16-43) with three triples, two doubles, nine runs scored, five RBI, two stolen bases, and a .509 on-base percentage. In the dirt, the two own a combined fielding percentage of .984, converting 61 of a possible 62 chances up the middle.
Knock `Um In: Junior Tim Stewart has a knack for putting the ball in play with runners on base. Against UC Riverside, Stewart laced a two-run double down the left field line to record his team-leading second multi-RBI game of the season. Stewart also had a five RBI game against Fresno State, and leads the Bruins with eight RBI on the season.
Doing His Part: Junior LHP Dave Huff has been impressive on the mound for the Bruins in his two starts thus far. The Huntington Beach native is 0-1 with a team-best 1.88 ERA and a team-high 13 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched. However, the UCLA offense has scored three runs in the innings in which Huff has pitched.
Bring It: This season, UCLA isn't backing down from anyone which shows in the toughness of its schedule. The Bruins are set to play 32 games scheduled against teams that competed in the NCAA Regional Championships last season, with 11 teams listed in this year's preseason top-25 rankings.
UCLA will take on 12 teams that competed in the NCAA Regional Championships last year (Miami, Pepperdine, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, NC State, Ole Miss, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Stanford, and Oregon State), and will have 18 games during the season against NCAA Super Regional participants (Miami, Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State).
The Bruins' tough schedule was noted with the No. 1 strength of schedule nod by Boyd's World, a baseball statistics internet site.
Up Next: The Bruins will return home to Los Angeles to host Pepperdine on Tuesday, Feb. 21 (6 p.m.), before playing an exhibition game against Waseda University on Thursday, Feb. 23 (6 p.m.). The Bruins will then host the Titans on Friday, Feb. 24 (6 p.m.), before playing at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).