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UCLA Wraps Home Schedule Against Washington State

May 12, 2022
Kyle Karros (photo: Scott Chandler)

No. 22 UCLA (30-18, 14-10) vs. Washington State (23-23, 9-15)
Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. PT

Location: Los Angeles, Calif. (Jackie Robinson Stadium)
TV: Pac-12 Los Angeles
TV Talent: J.B. Long
Streams: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Audio: UCLA Lean Player
Play-by-Play Talent: Nick Koop
Live Stats

Bruins Wrap Home Schedule Against Washington State
No. 22-ranked UCLA (30-18, 14-10 Pac-12) returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium this weekend for its final home series of the 2022 season, hosting Washington State (23-23, 9-15) for three games starting on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. PT. All three games this weekend will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, and can be streamed through Pac-12.com/live or the Pac-12 Now app. Fans can also follow along with a live audio broadcast featuring Nick Koop on play-by-play, live stats, and Twitter updates.

Quick Hits    

  • UCLA is 30-18 so far on the year, and enters the weekend tied for third in the Pac-12 Conference at 14-10
  • The Bruins trailed at some point in 11 of their last 15 wins (dating to Mar. 29 vs. UCSB)
  • UCLA ranks near the top nationally in ERA (3.51, 11th), WHIP (1.18, 5th), 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 11 weekend series this year
  • UCLA entered the week with an identical 7-4 record in midweeks, 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 48 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 13 - 7:00 p.m. PT
UCLA – Max Rajcic, RHP, So. (6-4, 3.60 ERA)
WSU – Cole McMillan, LHP, RSo. (4-4, 5.29 ERA)
Saturday, May 14 - 2:00 p.m. PT
UCLA – Ethan Flanagan, LHP, Fr. (3-0, 2.47 ERA)
WSU – Grant Taylor, RHP, So. (3-4, 4.57 ERA)
Sunday, May 15 - 12:00 p.m. PT
UCLA – Kelly Austin, RHP, RSo. (3-1, 3.74 ERA)
WSU – TBA

The Week In Review    
UCLA is 0-4 over the last week, absorbing a weekend sweep at Washington as well as a Tuesday setback at Cal State Fullerton:

  • The Bruins plated a run in the top of the first, but were held off the board the rest of the way in a 7-1 loss in game one of a Saturday doubleheader in Seattle. The graduate duo of Jake Palmer (2-4) and Kenny Oyama (2-3) each had multi-hit efforts to lead the Bruins, while Max Rajcic fanned eight in a seven-inning start. Rajcic went without walking a batter for the second straight start.
  • The Bruins were edged 5-4 in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. The two teams traded four spots in the first half of the game, but UW plated a single run in the sixth for the decisive score. Carson Yates went 3-4 with an RBI to pace the Bruins, and UCLA's bullpen collectively went 5 1/3 innings with just one run against.
  • Washington brought across two runs in the bottom of the ninth to record a walk-off 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon. UCLA led off the game with back-to-back homers from Cody Schrier and Jake Palmer, and never trailed until Cam Clayton's walk-off single. Alonzo Tredwell had retired eight consecutive batters before the ninth-inning rally, and Kelly Austin yielded just one earned run over a 4 1/3 inning start. 
  • The series was supposed to run Friday through Sunday, but Friday's opener was postponed to Saturday due to forecasted rain
  • UCLA absorbed a 9-2 loss at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night. The Titans scored in each of the first four innings en route to an 8-0 lead before Cody Schrier and Jake Palmer added RBI singles late for the Bruins. Jake Palmer went 3-4 and extended his reached-base streak to 30 games. Josh Hahn and Charles Harrison each turned in a 1-2-3 relief inning to lead UCLA on the mound. 

In The Polls    
UCLA appeared in all five major national polls this week, checking in as high as No. 15 (Collegiate Baseball) while also appearing at No. 20 (NCBWA), No. 22 (Baseball America), No. 23 (D1Baseball), and No. 24 (USA TODAY Coaches Poll). The Bruins have been ranked as high as No. 6 this season (May 2, Collegiate Baseball) and entered the year ranked as high as No. 22 in the preseason polls. 

The All-Time Series Against Washington State    
UCLA is 61-25 all-time against Washington State, including a 34-14 mark under head coach John Savage. The Bruins have won nine of their last 10 games over the Cougars, and have dropped just one head-to-head series since 2010 (2017 at WSU). Current UCLA players with strong career numbers against WSU include Josh Hahn (3-9, three RBIs), Jake Moberg (2-3, two RBIs), and Max Rajcic (3 IP, 0 R). 

Last Year Against the Cougars    
The Bruins took two of three from Washington State last year in Pullman (May 7-9, 2021), rallying from a Friday night loss to take the set. UCLA scored three runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-6 win on Saturday that evened the series, and took Sunday's finale in a 16-7 rout to clinch the set. JT Schwartz went 7-10 with three RBIs to lead UCLA, which out-hit WSU .319 to .235 for the weekend. 

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.

Schrier Standing Out    
True freshman shortstop Cody Schrier leads the Bruins in a host of offensive statistics, including batting average (.312), home runs (9), slugging (.527), OPS (.929), hits (64), and at-bats (205):

  • His 9 HRs are the most by a UCLA freshman since Cody Regis in 2010 (last Bruin frosh w/ 10+ HRs: Gabe Cohen, 2007)
  • In 32 games since moving Schrier atop the lineup, UCLA is 20-12 while Schrier has slashed .324/.410/.549
  • He hit safely in 11 straight games from Apr. 15 to May 3, the longest hitting streak by a Bruin so far in 2022
  • During the streak, he batted .451 (23-51) with 11 extra-base hits and a team-high 14 RBIs
  • He reached base safely in 19 consecutive games from Apr. 2 to May 3, 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)

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 fifth in the country in WHIP (1.18), sixth in walks allowed per nine innings (2.7), and sixth in K-BB ratio (3.5). The Bruins have sizable advantages over their opponents in walks drawn vs. issued (241-132) and HBPs drawn vs. issued (85-33). 

  • UCLA's +52 differential in HBPs is fifth-best in the country
  • UCLA's +109 walk differential is seventh-best in the country
  • Combined, the Bruins have a +161 differential on extra runners via BB/HBP. That total ranks third in the country, behind only the top-two ranked teams in the country (Tennessee, Oregon State)

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:

  • 3.61 ERA and 244-57 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 224 1/3 innings
  • 90 total earned runs allowed (1.9 per game)
  • 1.14 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
  • Allowed 0 ER or fewer in 11 of 48 games, 1 ER or fewer in 23 of 48 games, and 2 ER or fewer in 36 of 48 games
  • Allowed more than four hits just 15 times in 48 games

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 five first-year Bruin pitchers with more than spot duty (Luke Jewett, Thatcher Hurd, Ethan Flanagan, Gage Jump, and Alonzo Tredwell) have combined for some gaudy numbers: 9-3, eight saves, 2.46 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 194-52 K-BB ratio over 149 2/3 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 No. 63 in the country in total stolen bases and 15th in success rate. UCLA is one of just three schools in the country with 65+ SBs and 10 or fewer times caught stealing (Vanderbilt, UAlbany). The Bruins have swiped a bag in 32 of 48 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 a tear over the last month, batting a team-best .391 (25-64) over the last 17 games while earning a pair of UCLA Student-Athlete of the Week nominations. He has hit five home runs over that span (he had just three home runs in 95 prior career games). He's added nine multi-hit performances over that span, and he ranks second on the team with 16 multi-hit games overall in 2022.

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).

Gourson Doing Great    
Freshman second baseman Ethan Gourson has been one of the top all-around offensive performers on the team this season, as he is the only player in the Pac-12 Conference to rank top-10 league-wide in doubles (19, second), HBPs (17, second), and walks (32, ninth). 

Palmer Heating Up    
Graduate first baseman Jake Palmer has been red-hot over a 30-game reached base streak, going 40-112 (.357) while reaching a further 31 times via walk or HBP. His 45 free passes (34 BB, 11 HBP) rank second on a team that has excelled in that area, and he's raised his batting average 131 points (from .175 to .306) since Mar. 6.  

Spreading Around the Saves    
Six different pitchers have recorded a save for UCLA this year, the most of any Bruin team coached by John Savage (the 2005, 2006, and 2008 squads all had five pitchers with a save). Alonzo Tredwell leads the Bruins with three saves, Gage Jump and Ethan Flanagan both have a pair, and Luke Jewett, Kelly Austin, and Chris Aldrich have also nailed down a save.