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Bruins Visit Seattle for Three-Game Set at Washington

May 5, 2022
Jake Palmer (photo: Scott Chandler)

No. 8 UCLA (30-14, 14-7) at Washington (18-24, 8-16)
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 2:05 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 8, 2022 - 12:05 p.m. PT

Location: Seattle, Wash. (Husky Ballpark)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: A.J. Kannel, Kevin Stocker, Ryan Spilborghs
Streams: Pac-12 Plus | Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats

Bruins Visit Pacific Northwest For Pac-12 Set at Washington    
The No. 8-ranked UCLA baseball team hits the road this weekend for a Pac-12 set at Washington (18-24, 8-16). All three games of the series will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, With A.J. Kanell (Friday play-by-play), Kevin Stocker (Friday analyst), and Ryan Spilborghs (Saturday/Sunday play-by-play) on the mic. Fans can also follow along with live stats and Twitter updates from @UCLABaseball.

Quick Hits    

  • UCLA is 30-14 so far on the year, including a 19-7 mark since Mar. 20
  • The Bruins, at 14-7 in league play, are one game back of first place in the Pac-12 standings
  • The Bruins trailed at some point in 11 of their last 15 wins (dating to Mar. 29 vs. UCSB)
  • UCLA ranks top-10 nationally in ERA (3.30, 5th), WHIP (1.15, 4th), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.5, 6th)
  • UCLA was crowned champion of the Shriner's Children's College Classic in Houston (2-1 record, plus-15 run differential)
  • The Bruins have won eight of their 10 weekend series this year, and are 7-4 in midweek contests
  • Entering the week, UCLA had an identical 7-3 record in midweek games, series openers, series middle games, and series finales
  • UCLA is 65-75 this season in stolen base tries (87% success rate), including a team-high 19 SBs from Kenny Oyama
  • The Bruins have struck out 10+ batters in 22 of 44 games so far, including a season-high 19 vs. LBSU on Mar. 1
  • This season, John Savage has recorded career win No. 700 as well as his 600th win at UCLA 
  • UCLA's current freshman class was the No. 1-ranked recruit class in the country
  • UCLA had six players on D1Baseball's Top 100 Impact Freshmen List, more than any other school in the country
  • 2021: 37-20 record, No. 2 seed in NCAA Regionals, NCAA-high 10 players selected in MLB Draft

Projected Pitching Matchups
Friday, May 6 - 7:05 p.m. PT
UCLA – Max Rajcic, RHP, So. (6-3, 3.10 ERA)
WASH – Jared Engman, RHP, So. (2-5, 5.16 ERA)
Saturday, May 7 - 2:05 p.m. PT
UCLA – Ethan Flanagan, LHP, Fr. (3-0, 2.20 ERA)
WASH – Calvin Kirchoff, RHP, So. (2-3, 4.82 ERA)
Sunday, May 8 - 12:05 p.m. PT
UCLA – Kelly Austin, RHP, RSo. (3-1, 3.88 ERA)
WASH – TBA

The Week In Review    
UCLA is 3-1 over the last week, sweeping Arizona State at home before falling to Long Beach State in a road midweek:

  • UCLA won Friday's series opener over Arizona State in a rout, 19-2. Max Rajcic took a one-hitter into the ninth to lead the Bruins, while every starter had at least one hit. UCLA had a solid 6-0 lead after five innings, but put the game on ice with 13 runs in the sixth inning, one off the program record for single-inning runs. The Bruins went through the entire lineup twice in that inning, which featured seven UCLA hits as well as six walks and three ASU errors. Particular offensive standouts included Darius Perry (3-5, team-high four RBIs), graduate first baseman Jake Palmer (3-4, three runs), and junior right fielder Michael Curialle (3-5, two RBIs, three runs). Rajcic faced the minimum through six innings, and set new career bests in innings (8.1) and strikeouts (11). 
  • The Bruins came out on the right side of a chaotic sixth inning to claim a 7-5 win over ASU on Saturday. Tied 2-2 after five, the Bruins commited a pair of errors as ASU went ahead with a three-spot in the top of the sixth. UCLA immediately struck back with a go-ahead four spot though, as Cody Schrier tied it up with a bases-loaded double before coming across himself for the game-winning run on a Jake Palmer double. UCLA's bullpen was pressed into duty early, and responded by allowing just two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings. Charles Harrison (4.1 IP, 1 ER) and Alonzo Tredwell (2.2 IP, 0 R) were especially impressive out of the pen. 
  • UCLA finished off the sweep with a 16-5 Sunday win. The Bruins plated nine runs in the bottom of the first before making an out, with Carson Yates providing an exclamation point to the rally with a grand slam that made it 9-0. Every Bruin starter had a hit in the contest, and the bullpen tossed five scoreless innings. Schrier (3-6) and Curialle (3-5) co-led the team in hits, with five Bruins notching multiple hits. Freshman righty James Hepp made his NCAA debut in the contest, tossing a scoreless fifth to pick up his first career win. Josh Hahn followed with a 1-2-3 sixth in his 2022 pitching debut, and Luke Jewett pitched the final three innings of the game to record his first career save.
  • For the weekend... UCLA outscored ASU 42-14, had a combined .355/.449/.527 slash line, and a solid 3.33 team ERA
  • UCLA dropped a game in extra-innings for the first time this season on Tuesday, as Peyton Schulze hit a solo homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the 12th to give LBSU a 4-3 win at Blair Field. UCLA had led 3-0 through five and a half (Cody Schrier and Darius Perry each popped solo home runs, Schrier also added an RBI single) but LBSU sent it to extras with two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Daniel Colwell allowed just two soft singles over three innings in his first career start, Ethan Flanagan faced four batters and struck them all out, and Alonzo Tredwell struck out six and allowed just one baserunner over 3 1/3 high-leverage innings (he entered the game with two outs in the eighth). 

In The Polls    
UCLA appeared in all five major national polls this week, checking in as high as No. 6 (Collegiate Baseball) while also appearing at No. 8 (D1Baseball, Coaches Poll, NCBWA) and No. 9 (Baseball America). The No. 6 ranking is a season-high for UCLA, which entered the year ranked as high as No. 22 in the preseason polls. 

The All-Time Series Against Washington    
UCLA owns a 55-27 all-time record against Washington, including a 31-17 mark under head coach John Savage. The Bruins are seeking their first series win in Seattle since 2014, having dropped two-of-three in both 2016 and 2018 (the teams did not play in 2020 after COVID cut the season short). No active Bruins have extensive career numbers against Washington, but Daniel Colwell (3 IP, 0 ER) and Max Rajcic (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) have done well in limited action. 

Last Time Out Against the Huskies    
UCLA lost two of three to Washington last year at Jackie Robinson Stadium, dropping back-to-back close decisions (8-6 on Friday, 8-7 on Saturday) before salvaging the series with a 13-2 victory in the series finale. Despite dropping the set, UCLA outscored the visitors 25-17 for the weekend. The Bruins hit seven home runs during the series (six in the series finale), including two apiece from Matt McLain and Noah Cardenas. 

Schrier, Rajcic Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Awards    
UCLA swept the league's weekly awards on Monday, as Cody Schrier was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Max Rajcic was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. It was the first time in either's career taking home a weekly league honor. Monday represented the 10th time in program history that UCLA swept the Pac-12 weekly awards, and fifth time since the league moved to its current, non-divisional format in 1999. The Bruins have had a weekly award sweep in each of the past three seasons, and four times overall under John Savage. 

Schrier Standing Out    
True freshman shortstop Cody Schrier leads the Bruins in a host of offensive statistics, including batting average (.333), home runs (8), slugging (.546), OPS (.982), hits (62), and at-bats (186).
In 28 games since moving Schrier atop the lineup, UCLA is 20-8 while Schrier has slashed .358/.449/.593

  • He has an active 11-game hitting streak, the longest by a Bruin in 2022
  • During the streak, he's batting .451 (23-51) with 11 extra-base hits and a team-high 14 RBIs
  • He's reached base safely in 19 consecutive games, slashing .424/.505/.694 during that span
  • Key performances: Mar. 18 vs Harvard (4-4, 6 RBIs), Apr. 5 vs. LMU (walk-off HR), ASU series (P12 Player of the Week, 6-13, 9 RBIs)

This is 30    
UCLA's win over Arizona State on May 1 was the team's 30th victory of the season. Exempting the COVID-shortened 2020 season (in which UCLA was pace for 48 regular season wins), UCLA has now hit the 30-win plateau in five straight and six of the last seven seasons. Overall, UCLA has won 30+ games 13 times under head coach John Savage.

Good Start    
UCLA's starting pitching has been excellent in 2022, as the group of Jake Brooks, Max Rajcic, Kelly Austin, Ethan Flanagan, Thatcher Hurd, Gage Jump, and Daniel Colwell have combined for the following stats:

  • 3.41 ERA and 227-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 208 1/3 innings
  • 79 total earned runs allowed (1.8 per game)
  • 1.11 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
  • Allowed 0 ER or fewer in 11 of 44 games, 1 ER or fewer in 21 of 44 games, and 2 ER or fewer in 33 of 44 games
  • Allowed more than four hits just 13 times in 44 games

"5" is the Magic Number    
UCLA is 29-5 this season when limiting its opponent to five runs or fewer, compared to a 1-9 mark when the opposition scores six-plus. Entering the weekend, UCLA has allowed five runs or fewer in seven consecutive games. 

In The Zone    
As is the case most years, the Bruins have been adept so far in 2022 at limiting free passes. Entering the weekend, UCLA is fourth in the country in WHIP (1.15), seventh in walks allowed per nine innings (2.8), and sixth in K-BB ratio (3.4). The Bruins have sizable advantages over their opponents in walks drawn vs. issued (228-125) and HBPs drawn vs. issued (79-30). The Bruins' +49 differential in HBPs is fifth-best in the country, and their +103 walk differential ranks sixth nationally. 

Savage Hits a Trio of Milestones in 2022    
The 2022 campaign has been chock-full of milestones for UCLA head coach John Savage, who this year has reached:

  • Career win No. 700 (at Pepperdine on Apr. 12, 9-7)
  • Win No. 600 at UCLA (vs. Harvard on Mar. 18, 25-2)
  • Career game No. 1,000 at UCLA (Apr. 5 vs. LMU; W, 5-4)

Young Blood    
Despite a heavy amount of turnover on the pitching staff, UCLA has continued to excel on the mound in 2022 thanks in large part to the performance of its freshmen. The six first-year Bruin pitchers who have recorded an out so far (Luke Jewett, Thatcher Hurd, Ethan Flanagan, Gage Jump, Alonzo Tredwell, James Hepp) have combined for some gaudy numbers: 10-2, eight saves, 2.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 184-49 K-BB ratio over 144 innings. The top three ERAs on the staff belong to freshmen (Hurd, Flanagan, Tredwell). 

On The Move    
UCLA has been busy on the basepaths so far in 2022, stealing 65 bases at an 87% success rate to this point. The Bruins rank 52nd in the country in total stolen bases and 12th in success rate. UCLA is the only school in the country with 65+ SBs and 10 or fewer times caught stealing. The Bruins have swiped a bag in 32 of 44 games this year, including 10 contests with at least 3 SBs. UCLA stole 11 bases over three games against CSUN to open the season, the program's most in a single series over the last 10 years. Kenny Oyama is second in the Pac-12 with 19 stolen bases, and he is looking to become just the second Bruin in the last 10 years to steal 20+ bases in a season (Brian Carroll, 32; 2013). 

Curialle Coming Through    
Michael Curialle has been on an absolute tear over the last three weeks, batting a team-best .471 (24-51) over the last 13 games while earning a pair of UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week nominations. He has five home runs over that span (in his 95 other career games, he has three home runs). Curialle has multiple hits in nine of his last 12 games, raising his season batting average 79 points in that time (he sits at .312 entering the weekend). 

April Showers (of Offense)    
UCLA had a strong collective showing on offense in the month of April. After slashing .252/.392/.371 as a team through March, the Bruins had a sharp uptick in April, slashing .293/.393/.458. The Bruins had no starters hitting over .300 entering March, but four UCLA regulars accomplished that feat in April: Darius Perry (.429/.556/.686, 12 RBIs), Michael Curialle (.396/.474/.771, five HRs, 11 RBIs), Cody Schrier (.385/.473/.628, 12 RBIs), and Jake Palmer (.343/.482/.478, reached in every game).