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Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Bruins Return Home to Face Loyola Marymount on Tuesday Night
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/21/2014

Los Angeles, Calif. - After an eight-game road trip, the UCLA Baseball team returns home as the Bruins square off against the Loyola Marymount Lions this Tuesday at 6 p.m. out at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, April 22 - 6:00 p.m.
LMU – Brenton Arriaga, LHP, Fr. (3-2, 3.77)
UCLA – Grant Dyer, RHP, Fr. (5-3, 3.33)

UCLA VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The two schools have already met twice this season, splitting the two meetings. The Lions won the first matchup at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 6-1, while the Bruins returned the favor at LMU’s Page Stadium, defeating the Lions, 5-3. Sophomore Christoph Bono led the Bruins at the plate in that game with two doubles and a RBI while freshman Grant Dyer picked up the win with two runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Last season, the Bruins and the Lions met in a three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium with UCLA winning two of those matchups. Finally, UCLA holds a slight lead in the all-time series, leading the series 48-47-1.

LISTEN LIVE
Tomorrow’s game vs. Loyola Marymount will feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Jackie Robinson Stadium. Fans can also follow the game online through a live stats link, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates on uclabruins.com. Links can be found on the front page of uclabruins.com on the events calendar or on the 2014 UCLA Baseball schedule page.

A LOOK AT THE PAC-12 RACE
With every team in the Pac-12 now at least halfway through its conference season, things are heating up in the race for the Pac-12 crown. Washington is currently atop the Pac-12 standings with a 14-4 conference record while Oregon State is in second, 1.5 games back of the Huskies with an 11-4 record. Oregon sits in third place at 10-5, 2.5 games back of first, while UCLA is in fourth with a 9-6 record, 3.5 games out of first. The Bruins currently hold the same Pac-12 record that they did at this point in the Pac-12 season last year when they went on to tie a school record with 21 Pac-12 victories. UCLA’s final three weekend series of the year will come against Oregon State, Oregon and Washington respectively.

FANTASTIC FRESHMAN
Freshman right-hander Grant Dyer will once again take the mound for the Bruins tomorrow night vs. LMU. Dyer made his collegiate debut on Feb. 15 against Portland, pitching a scoreless inning in relief in UCLA’s 12-1 win over the Pilots. In his first start against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 18, Dyer earned the win with five shutout innings while allowing just two hits and fanning three. In seven midweek starts this season, he is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Overall, Dyer has posted a 3.33 ERA in 17 appearances and has allowed the seventh-fewest hits (40) in the conference. In his last four starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA, 14 strikeouts and five walks in 23.2 innings pitched. In high school, Dyer was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Dana Hills High School in Laguna Niguel, Calif., posting a 6-4 record as a senior in 2013. He also logged a 1.24 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched, all while holding opponents to a .208 batting average against him. Additionally, Dyer tossed four complete games and walked only eight batters during his senior season.

PLAYING FROM AHEAD
In the last two seasons, UCLA has done a tremendous job of getting an early lead and then not relinquishing that lead. The Bruins are a combined 43-13 when they score first in the last two seasons and since the start of 2013 are 58-1 when leading after the seventh inning. Additionally, UCLA has a record of 26-7 in the last two seasons when scoring in the first inning.

MIDWEEK MASTERS
UCLA has won 22 of its last 29 midweek games dating back to the 2012 season. The Bruins went 7-4 in midweek games last season, defeating UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine on the road and Hawai’i, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine at home. This season, UCLA is 4-3 in midweek games, winning games against Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount.

WEEKEND RECAP
The Bruins concluded their eight-game road trip with a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah where they took two out of three games from the Utah Utes. On Thursday, UCLA defeated the Utes, 3-1, behind some late game heroics from freshman Nick Kern. With the game tied at 1-1 and two outs in the top of the ninth, Kern made his first collegiate plate appearance as a pinch-hitter and hit the eventual game-winning two-run home run to give the Bruins the lead. The Brea, Calif. native came back out in the bottom of the ninth and earned the save with a scoreless frame to seal the victory for UCLA. Sophomore James Kaprielian put together another solid outing on the mound, striking out seven in seven innings for the Bruins. Utah defeated the Bruins, 8-6, in game two to even the series at 1-1, but UCLA took the rubber match on Saturday by a score of 7-3 to clinch the series victory. Sophomore Cody Poteet earned the win for the Bruins, allowing just three runs (two earned) in six innings pitched while junior Shane Zeile led UCLA at the plate with a 3-5 day that included two RBI and a run.

TOP-THREE FINISHES
UCLA has finished among the top three in the Pac-12 Conference in each of the last eight seasons (2006-2013), the only Pac-12 team to have done so. Under John Savage, UCLA finished third from 2006 through 2009, before finishing second in 2010 and winning the confernece title in 2011 and 2012. Last season, UCLA finished third with a 21-9 Pac-12 record. Never before in school history has UCLA enjoyed an eight-year span with as many top finishes in the standings.

ROAD WARRIORS
Since the start of 2010, UCLA has gone 90-39 in all road and neutral site contests, good for a .698 winning percentage. The Bruins have also gone 46-20 in Pac-12 road games since 2010. In the last three seasons, UCLA has gone 45-17 on the road and 10-2 in neutral site games. The Bruins have logged six Pac-12 road sweeps in the last four years (2010 at Washington, California; 2011 at Oregon; 2012 at Washington, Utah; 2013 at USC; 2014 at California) and one non-conference road sweep (2012 at Georgia). The Bruins are currently 9-5 on the road this season.

OUTFIELD LEADERS
Senior Brian Carroll and sophomore Ty Moore are both having strong 2014 seasons thus far. Carroll, a San Diego, Calif. native, is batting at a .282 clip so far, scoring a team-high 19 runs. Serving as the leadoff hitter in every game he has played, Carroll has posted a .400 on-base percentage and has hit safely in 18 of his last 25 games. In the last 25 games, Carroll has batted .290 with 12 runs scored. He has also reached base safely in 25 of his last 29 games and has logged 10 multi-hit games on the season. Moore has also hit safely in 18 of his last 25 contests and in Pac-12 play is batting .298 with a team-leading 12 runs scored. He has also logged seven RBI in conference play and a .404 slugging percentage. Moore has recorded 11 multi-hit games on the year as well. In right field, sophomore Christoph Bono leads the team with 21 RBI, five multi-RBI games and 10 doubles (eighth-most in the Pac-12).

TAKING THE HITS
UCLA has done a remarkable job this season of reaching base via the hit by pitch. Overall, UCLA hitters have been hit 63 times in 37 games thus far, which is the second-most in the Pac-12 and 20th-most in the country. Sophomore Ty Moore leads the Bruins individually with 12 hit by pitches, which is also good for third-most in the conference. Senior Brian Carroll and sophomore Christoph Bono are right behind Moore with 10 hit by pitches apiece. UCLA has had a batter get hit by a pitch in 15 of its last 17 games and has had a total of 37 batters get hit by a pitch in those 17 games. Last season, the Bruins drew 82 hit by pitches, the most in the Pac-12 Conference.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Junior catcher Shane Zeile continues to hit the ball well during the 2014 season. The Valencia, Calif. native leads the Bruins and ranks eighth in the Pac-12 with a .349 batting average. Zeile, who was named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, given out to the nation’s top collegiate catcher, has also logged a team-high 16 multi-hit games while leading UCLA with 51 total hits and a .422 on-base percentage (10th-best in the Pac-12). His 51 hits rank sixth in the Pac-12 and he has also reached base safely 19 of his last 21 games. Additionally, Zeile is hitting .349 in his last 10 games and is batting a team-leading .328 with eight RBI and eight runs scored in conference play. Behind the plate, Zeile has thrown out 14 attempted base stealers, tied for the most in the Pac-12 Conference.

HEAD COACH JOHN SAVAGE
Head coach John Savage was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the ABCA and Perfect Game USA. By guiding the Bruins to their second straight College World Series last year, Savage became one of just 10 coaches all-time from the Pac-12 to lead their teams to back-to-back College World Series appearances. Additionally, Savage is one of just five coaches in college baseball history to have led his team to one CWS championship, produced a No. 1 MLB Draft pick and coached a Golden Spikes Award winner. Savage helped UCLA post an overall 49-17 record in 2013, marking the second-highest single-season win total in school history, and is UCLA’s all-time winningest postseason manager with 32 postseason victories. UCLA also matched a school record with 21 conference victories in 2013. Finally, Savage has guided the Bruins to the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons and has a winning percentage of .694 since 2010.

WEEKEND RECAP
The Bruins concluded their eight-game road trip with a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah where they took two out of three games from the Utah Utes. On Thursday, UCLA defeated the Utes, 3-1, behind some late game heroics from freshman Nick Kern. With the game tied at 1-1 and two outs in the top of the ninth, Kern made his first collegiate plate appearance as a pinch-hitter and hit the eventual game-winning two-run home run to give the Bruins the lead. The Brea, Calif. native came back out in the bottom of the ninth and earned the save with a scoreless frame to seal the victory for UCLA. Sophomore James Kaprielian put together another solid outing on the mound, striking out seven in seven innings for the Bruins. Utah defeated the Bruins, 8-6, in game two to even the series at 1-1, but UCLA took the rubber match on Saturday by a score of 7-3 to clinch the series victory. Sophomore Cody Poteet earned the win for the Bruins, allowing just three runs (two earned) in six innings pitched while junior Shane Zeile led UCLA at the plate with a 3-5 day that included two RBI and a run.


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