UCLA to Face Florida on Opening Night of College World Series

June 16, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. - The UCLA baseball team takes on No. 3-national seed Florida (47-15) on Saturday evening on the first day of the College World Series at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium (double-elimination format). Saturday's game is slated for 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN. Fans can also listen live, free of charge, at uclaburins.com, as UCLA's play-by-play announcer John Ramey will have the call from Rosenblatt Stadium.

Saturday, June 19 - 4 p.m. (PT), TV: ESPN
No. 6-national seed UCLA (48-14, 18-9 Pac-10)
No. 3-national seed Florida (47-15, 22-8 SEC)
*UCLA to serve as visiting team, Florida as home team

Monday, June 21 - 11 a.m./4 p.m. (PT), TV: ESPNUCLA (48-14, 18-9 Pac-10)
TCU (51-12, 19-5 Mountain West) or Florida State (47-18, 18-12 ACC)

All College World Series games will be broadcast live across the country on either ESPN or ESPN2. UCLA's opening game against Florida will be televised on ESPN, as analysts Mike Patrick and Robin Ventura will have the call from the broadcast booth and Erin Andrews will serve as the sideline reporter. UCLA will offer a free Internet audio broadcast, available at uclabruins.com, as play-by-play announcer John Ramey will have the call.

- Most single-season victories (48), eclipsing UCLA's 45-win total from 1997, last year in which UCLA advanced to CWS
- Most regular-season wins (43-13 record) after opening the year with a school record 22-game win streak
- Pitching staff has totaled a Pac-10 single-season best 639 strikeouts, eclipsing Arizona State's total of 608 from 2009
- UCLA recorded its first win in a Super Regional before earning its first Super Regional series victory

- UCLA has earned its third trip to the College World Series (also appeared in 1969 and 1997).
- The Bruins finished second in the Pac-10 Conference, two games behind first-place Arizona State.
- UCLA's starting rotation features three pitchers with 10 or more wins and 115 or more strikeouts.
- The Bruins hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history, defeating Cal State Fullerton.
- UCLA set the school record for home victories, going 29-10 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
- The Bruins have gone 19-4 on the road and posted a 30-5 mark against non-conference opposition.
- UCLA has gone 8-3 in one-run games and posted a 4-0 mark in extra-inning affairs.
- The Bruins have limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in 30 ballgames (going 29-1 in those contests).

UCLA went 19-12 during the regular season against teams that advanced to the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The Bruins played 31 games against 13 teams that earned NCAA Regional berths and faced four teams (Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt) that advanced to an NCAA Super Regional. Looking at the eight-team College World Series field, UCLA went 0-3 in a three-game home Pac-10 series against Arizona State (April 30-May 2) and defeated Oklahoma, 5-2, at the Whataburger College Classic (March 14).

UCLA's pitching staff has posted the nation's second-lowest ERA (2.97), behind NCAA Super Regional participant Texas (2.47). The Bruins have established the program and Pac-10 records for single-season strikeouts, logging 639 punchouts in 564.0 innings (averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings). UCLA's pitchers have recorded 10 or more strikeouts in 35 of the team's 62 games, entering the College World Series. UCLA had a season-high 19 strikeouts in a series-sweeping finale against Nebraska (March 6).

Equally impressive as the strikeouts, UCLA's pitchers have also limited the opposition to a .218 batting average. Entering NCAA Super Regional play last week, UCLA ranked second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings behind Texas. Through 62 games, the Bruins have surrendered 7.24 hits per nine innings, allowing 10 or more hits in 14 contests. Remarkably, UCLA has scattered five hits or fewer in 20 ballgames. Garett Claypool (.171), Gerrit Cole (.195) and Rob Rasmussen (.208) lead UCLA in the opponent batting average category.

UCLA has batted .294 in six NCAA postseason games this month and posted a .320 average in three NCAA Regional victories (June 4-6). Center fielder Beau Amaral has led the way at the plate in the postseason, batting .417 (10-for-24) with one home run, seven RBI, nine runs and three walks. Infielder Cody Regis has batted at a .409 clip in postseason play, belting a team-best four home runs while collecting eight RBI, eight runs and five walks. Regis leads UCLA with a 1.000 slugging percentage and 22 total bases in the postseason.

The Bruins have made their 16th appearance in NCAA postseason play, having won an NCAA Regional for the sixth time. UCLA won its first-ever NCAA Super Regional game on June 12, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 11-7, in 10 innings, before securing their first NCAA Super Regional series victory the next night. In two previous trips to the College World Series (1969, 1997), the Bruins have gone 0-2 each time. Under head coach John Savage (2005-10), UCLA has advanced to the postseason in four of the last five years (2006-08, 2010).

Among the biggest reasons for UCLA's turnaround in 2010 has to do with the influx of several talented left-handed-hitting freshmen - outfielders Beau Amaral, Jeff Gelalich and Cody Keefer and infielder Cody Regis. Each first-year Bruin has batted above .310, playing in at least 35 games. Amaral (.353, 4 HR, 29 RBI) has started 51 games in center field. Gelalich (.323, 1 HR, 11 RBI) has made 21 starts, while Keefer (.318, 2 HR, 31 RBI) served as UCLA's starting left fielder before suffering a leg injury the third week of May. Infielder Cody Regis (.317, 8 HR, 42 RBI) has belted each of his eight home runs since his going yard for the first time May 7.

- Sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer has served as UCLA's No. 2 starter all year (10-3, 3.02 ERA)
- Leads the Pac-10 with 141 strikeouts, the most strikeouts for any Bruin since Pete Janicki's 150 in 1992
- Has registered 10 or more strikeouts in six of 16 starts, including 15 versus Mississippi State (March 13)
- Threw a complete game at Arizona (April 24), striking out 13 and walking one in a 6-2 UCLA win
- 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 13 of his 16 starts, lasting 8.0 innings or more six times
- Has twice earned All-Pac-10 Team honors (2009, 2010) along with teammate Gerrit Cole

- Sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole has served as UCLA's Friday night pitcher all season (10-3, 3.25 ERA)
- Ranks second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (138) behind teammate Trevor Bauer (141)
- Cole's 138-strikeout total entering the College World Series ranks fourth on UCLA's single-season list
- Has twice earned All-Pac-10 Team honors (2009, 2010) along with teammate Trevor Bauer
- Has allowed five hits or fewer in 12 of his 17 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)

- Junior left-hander Rob Rasmussen has served as UCLA's No. 3 starter all year (11-2, 2.73 ERA)
- Selected in the second round (73rd overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins
- Has earned the win in each of UCLA's postseason series clinching wins (vs. UC Irvine, 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 (117), behind teammates Trevor Bauer (141) and Gerrit Cole (138)
- 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 .323 in 55 games, starting 53 contests as the Bruins' designated hitter. Dunlap has posted a career .297 batting average in 195 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 .329 with three homers, 27 RBI and 17 runs in 49 games as a first baseman in 2010. Uribe, who earned first-team All-Academic Pac-10 honors this season, has batted .309 in 158 career ballgames.

Sophomore right-hander Dan Klein leads UCLA with nine saves, third among Pac-10 pitchers, and has posted a 6-0 record and 1.93 ERA in a team-leading 36 appearances (second in Pac-10 this year, tied third in UCLA's single-season record book). Klein has registered nine saves in 12 save opportunities, totaling 50 strikeouts and nine walks in 46.2 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.

UCLA's relief corps has gone 10-3 with a 3.17 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .230 batting average in 173.1 innings. Right-handers Dan Klein (36 appearances) and Erik Goeddel (34 app.) and left-hander Matt Grace (32 app.) have been the most utilized pitchers. Goeddel has gone 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 21 walks in 47.0 innings. Grace has gone 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 27.0 innings.

UCLA has gone 13-9 against teams ranked in Baseball America's top-25 poll (team ranked in poll during week of game). This record includes UCLA's four postseason victories and one loss to top-25 opposition during the NCAA postseason. Most recently, the Bruins defeated No. 7 Cal State Fullerton in back-to-back contests.

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 19-4 away from home this season (15-4 road, 4-0 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 .361 batting average and .477 on-base percentage (minimum 25 at-bats). Senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 5-2 with a 1.35 ERA in seven road games, totaling 36 strikeouts and 10 walks in 40.0 innings.

Among the most vital members of UCLA's pitching staff this season, senior right-hander Garett Claypool has gone 8-3 with a 2.05 ERA in 20 games (12 starts), serving as both the Bruins' No. 4 starting pitcher (Tuesdays) and as a right-handed reliever. Claypool, who has totaled 72 strikeouts in 79.0 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 0.77 ERA, notching 17 strikeouts and two walks in 11.2 innings.

Sophomore corner infielder Dean Espy has batted .353 with eight homers, 48 RBI and 35 runs in 57 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 .600 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.

UCLA has won three games in 'walk-off' fashion, going 7-14 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.

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 opened 22-0 and Arizona State started 24-0 - both schools lost their first game on Friday, April 2.

Sophomore second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla (wrist) and freshman left fielder Cody Keefer (leg) are both injured and will not be available to play in the College World Series.

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 (.581) and total wins (169). 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).