June 4, 2006
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 4 Missouri - Malibu Regional, Eddy D. Field Stadium, June 4, 11 a.m., Tyson Brummett, RHP (6-6, 4.65) vs. Rick Zagone, LHP (5-3, 3.62)
Get After It: The No. 2-seeded UCLA baseball team (33-24, 13-10 Pac-10) takes on No. 4-seed Missouri (32-26, 12-15 Big 12) in a third-round elimination game of the Malibu Regional on Sunday, June 4 at 11 a.m. UCLA looks to keep its season alive with a win to get a second shot at No. 1-seed Pepperdine (42-19) on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Video/Radio/Live Stats: CSTV will provide a live video feed of the UCLA vs. Missouri game. Please use the link on www.uclabruins.com to access the live action of the game on the web. All of UCLA's action at the Malibu Regional can be heard live for free online at www.uclabruins.com. Danny Lee and Darren Preston will call the action for the Bruins. As always, you can follow the live statistics of the game online with CSTV's Game Tracker.
About the Malibu Regional: Pepperdine University plays host to the 2006 Malibu Regional, as Pepperdine hosts a NCAA baseball regional for the first time in school history. Eddy D. Field Stadium will be the site for all of the first-round action, as four of the top teams in the nation battle it out for a chance to advance to the Super Regionals. Pepperdine is the bracket's No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2- seed UCLA, No.-3 seed UC Irvine, and No. 4-seed Missouri.
Malibu Regional Game Schedule/Results:
Friday, June 2
Game 1 - No. 2 UCLA 3, No. 3 UC Irvine 2
Game 2 - No. 1 Pepperdine 3, No. 4 Missouri 2
Saturday, June 3
Game 3 - No. 3 UC Irvine 4, No. 4 Missouri, 5 (14 innings)
Game 4 - No. 2 UCLA 0, No. 1 Pepperdine 6
Sunday, June 4
Game 5 - No. 4 Missouri vs. No. 2 UCLA; 11 a.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. No. 1 Pepperdine; 3 p.m.
Monday, June 5
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Pepperdine; 1 p.m.
Ticket Information: All-Tournament passes are $50 with single game adult tickets priced at $15. Seniors, youth and student tickets are $10. All-tournament passes can be purchased prior to Friday and will be available beginning Tuesday at www.PepperdineSports.com or by calling the Pepperdine ticket office at (310) 506-4935.
How The Bruins Got Here: UCLA finished the regular season with a 32-23 overall record, and a 13-10 Pac-10 mark to receive an No. 2-seed at-large berth into the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins finished third in the Pac-10 standings by a half game, and own a top-25 RPI rating, and a top-5 strength of schedule.
UCLA defeated UC Irvine, 3-2, in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday, June 2, and lost to Pepperdine, 6-0 in the second round on Saturday.
Good Looking Deal: UCLA makes the NCAA Tournament this season marking a remarkable turnaround from the 2005 season. The Bruins won 32 games this regular season, 17 more than the team achieved in 2005. Only two other tournament teams can boast a better season turnaround. St. Louis (32-27) and Jacksonville (42-17) won 19 more games this season then they did in 2005.
UCLA's Regional History: The Bruins are making their 12th NCAA Regional Championship appearance since 1975, and their first since 2004. In 2004, UCLA traveled to the Oklahoma City Regional and finished second in the bracket. UCLA has not played in a NCAA Regional Championship located in California since 1986, as the Bruins have made nine-consecutive postseason appearances out of state before this season. Since 1979, UCLA is 3-5 when playing in California during NCAA Regional competition.
Against The Malibu Regional Field: UCLA played both Pepperdine and UC Irvine twice during the 2006 regular season, going 3-1 in four games against the two schools. The Bruins split a home-and-home series with Pepperdine. UCLA beat the Waves at home 2-0 on Feb. 21, but lost to Pepperdine 6-1 at Eddy D. Field Stadium on March 7. UCLA swept UC Irvine in a home-and-home series, defeating the Anteaters 8-4 on May 16 at Anteater Ballpark, 10-1 on May 23 at Jackie Robinson Stadium, and knocked off UCI in the first round of the Malibu Regional, 3-2. The Bruins fell to the Waves, 0-6, on Saturday.
Against The 2006 NCAA Tournament Field: UCLA played 10 teams during the regular season that were selected among the NCAA tournament field of 64. The Bruins own a combined record of 16-12 against Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Arizona State, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Stanford, and NC State.
A Look at 2007: Not that UCLA is trying to get ahead of itself, but the Bruins will also have full plate next season. The Bruins will play a total of 25 games in 2007 against this year's NCAA Tournament field. UCLA will play 11 games next season against four teams that are No. 1 seeds in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will face Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Pepperdine, and Oregon State, all top-teams in the nation this year. UCLA will also play three-game series against No. 2 seeds in Winthrop, Miami, and Arizona, and against No. 3 seeds Stanford and UC Irvine.
Malibu Regional - vs. UC Irvine Recap: UCLA junior RHP Hector Ambriz tossed a complete game, and freshmen Ryan Babineau and Brandon Crawford provided key hits to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Ambriz (8-7) earned his second complete-game win of the year, allowing two run (both unearned) on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. Ambriz finished the game strong, retiring the final 13-of-14 Anteaters he faced to close out a tough win for UCLA.
Senior Chris Jensen led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a RBI, Babineau hit a game-tying solo home run, and Crawford finished 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI double in the seventh. Freshman Blair Dunlap went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Ambriz also had two singles in the game.
Malibu Regional - vs. Pepperdine Recap: No. 1-seed Pepperdine blew open a 2-0 lead with a four-run ninth inning, as Paul Coleman and Jason Dominguez combined for a 6-0 shutout win over No. 2-seed UCLA on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Malibu Regional at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
UCLA hit 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the game that was delayed an hour and 40 minutes because of a preceding 14 inning, 5-4 Missouri win over UC Irvine.
Junior LHP Dave Huff (7-4) tossed 8.1 innings allowing five runs on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks in a losing effort. Huff allowed just two runs through the first seven innings.
Here's The Deal: UCLA must beat the Missouri Tigers to keep its 2006 season alive. If UCLA knocks off the Tigers, UCLA will play Pepperdine at 3 p.m. following its 11 a.m. game on Sunday. If UCLA then beats Pepperdine on Sunday, the two teams will face off for the Malibu Regional Championship on Monday, June 5 at 1 p.m.
About the Tigers: The University of Missouri Tigers enter Sunday's elimination game with a 32-26 overall record. Mizzou lost to Pepperdine, 3-2, on Friday, but knocked off UC Irvine in a 14-inning marathon, 5-4, on Saturday in the first elimination game of the Malibu Regional. The Tigers closed out the regular season with a three-game sweep of Texas in Columbia, Mo. As a team, the Tigers hit .286 (574-2006) at the plate with 39 home runs, 352 RBI, 387 runs scored, and 69 stolen bases in 89 attempts. The Mizzou pitching staff owns a 3.38 team ERA with 450 strikeouts in 521.1 innings pitched while limiting opponents to a .249 batting average. Head Coach Tim Jamieson is in his 12th season at the helm of the Tiger program.
The Mizzou-UCLA Series: Sunday's game will mark the third meeting all-time between UCLA and Missouri on the baseball diamond. UCLA is 1-1 against the Missouri Tigers. UCLA has not played Mizzou since March 28, 1985, a 10-7 Bruin win over the Tigers in Riverside, Calif.
UCLA vs. the Big 12: Since 1975, UCLA is 16-20 against teams from the Big 12 Conference. UCLA played Big 12 member Texas A&M last season and was swept in a three-game series by the Aggies in College Station, Texas.
Pac This: Missouri is 7-14-1 all-time against teams that represent the Pac-10 Conference. The Tigers lost 5-3 last season in the first round of the Fullerton Regional to Arizona, the last Pac-10 team the Tigers faced.
Turning Point: UCLA's season has made a change for the better since the Bruins played Long Beach State on Feb. 28. Entering that February game, UCLA was 5-9 overall and fresh off being swept in three-games by Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins knocked off the No. 15 Dirtbags (6-3) that day, and went on to sweep No. 17 NC State on the road. Since Feb. 28, UCLA is 28-15 (.651).
Serie-ous: UCLA won nine of 14 three-game series during the regular season, including six of its last seven series, and eight of its last 10 series.
California Love: UCLA has played 46 of its 57 games during season in the Golden State. The Bruins went 25-19 in California during the regular season, which included a 19-12 mark at home, and notched a win in the first round of the Malibu Tournament, and a loss in the second round.
Punch First: UCLA is quite successful when making the scoreboard light up first in a game. So far this season, the Bruins are 20-5 when scoring in the first inning, and 23-7 when scoring before the opposition in a game. UCLA is 10-17 when opponents score first in a game, and oddly enough, is 11-5 record when opponents score in the first inning.
In the Fridge: When UCLA has a lead late in the ball game, the Bruins are pretty consistent at sealing the deal. During the regular season, UCLA is 29-3 when leading after six innings of play, and a perfect 31-0 when owning the lead after eight innings. Five different Bruins have two-or-more saves on the year, led by Senior Josh Roenicke with four. On the other side of things, UCLA is 1-17 when trailing after six innings and 0-22 when behind after eight innings of play.
Rank This: The UCLA baseball team was ranked in the national polls for the week of April 24-30. The Bruins entered the week ranked No. 22 in the nation by Baseball America, and No. 25 by the Rosenblatt Report. This week marked the first time since March of 2001 that UCLA has been ranked in the Top-25 by Baseball America.
Rank That: 18 of the Bruins' first 22 games this season were against nationally ranked opposition, with a streak of 12-consecutive games versus ranked opponents once in effect. UCLA is 12-12 against ranked opposition on the season, and owns a series sweep of then-No. 17 ranked NC State on the road, and home series wins against No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 10 Arizona State. The Bruins also swept Long Beach State in a home-in-home series for the first time since 1995.
Speaks For Itself: UCLA ranks in this week at No. 23 in the national RPI rankings, with a second-ranked strength of schedule.
Magic Numbers: So far this season, UCLA is 28-5 when scoring five or more runs in a ball game, and owns an 18-0 record when holding opponents to two runs or less. The Bruins are also 24-5 this season when recording 10 or more hits in a game.
1-2 Step: UCLA has a knack for scoring runs early. So far this season, the Bruins have outscored the opposition 91-47 in the first two innings, outscoring opponents 53-25 in the first inning of games alone.
Ba Boom: The Bruins have ripped 47 long balls in their last 44 games, a stretch that included home runs in 13-consecutive games from Feb. 26-March 19. UCLA has 55 home runs on the season, good for second in the Pac-10. 14 different Bruins have smacked round-trippers so far this season, with eight players already owning five-or-more home runs on the year, and six players with six or more dongs (Ambriz 5, Babineau 6, Crawford 6, Decker 5, Jensen 6, McMillan 6, Smith 6, Stewart 6). UCLA is 24-9 this season when a Bruin homers in a game.
Big Innings: UCLA likes to score its runs in bunches, as the Bruins have scored three or more runs in an inning 45 times this season. 166 of UCLA's 336 total runs (50 percent) this season have come when posting three or more runs in an inning. Scoring three or more runs in an inning in a game translates into success for UCLA, as the Bruins are 25-2 this season when scoring three or more runs in an inning. UCLA scored a season-high seven runs in an inning against NC State (March 5).
Dealing: UCLA currently owns a 3.79 team ERA. That mark is on track to be the lowest mark at UCLA since 1980 when the Bruins finished the year with a 3.55 team ERA.
Good D: UCLA's defense has been superb all year, as the Bruins finished the regular season with the No. 1-defensive mark in the Pac-10 Conference with a .977 fielding percentage, a top-10 mark in the nation.
Multi-hitters: UCLA hitters are very efficient at knocking the ball around the park more than once in a game. 13 different Bruins have at least five or more multi-hit games, seven different Bruins have at least 10 multi-hit games, and 16 different Bruins have recorded multiple hits in a game this season a total of 157 times. Freshman Brandon Crawford leads the team with 24 multi-hit games, and senior Chris Jensen is second on the squad with 23.
Watch `Um Swang, Watch `Um Swang: UCLA has knocked an extra base hit in 53 of its 57 games so far this year. The Bruins have smacked 187 extra base hits with 118 doubles, 14 triples, and 55 home runs. UCLA has hit at least one double in its last 28-conscutive games, a season-high, posting 66 two-baggers in that span. The Bruins are 25-8 when they post three-or-more extra base hits in a game.
Kiddin' Me: UCLA has hit a scoring slump at the wrong time of the season. The Bruins have scored eight runs in the last four games (two runs a game), and are hitting .246 (32-130) during that span. UCLA averages 5.89 runs a game on the season. UCLA last had a scoring drought (by the Bruins' standards) at the end of February when the Bruins scored only five runs in four games. The Bruin bats broke out of that slump by scoring 37 runs in the next five games.
Lineup Trends: UCLA is 17-4 when senior Sean Smith bats in the six spot, 7-1 when freshman Cody Decker starts at designated hitter, and 16-3 when freshman Blair Dunlap starts in left field. The Bruins lost on Saturday with Smith batting sixth, Decker starting at DH, and Dunlap starting in left.
Home Cook'n: The Bruins played their final home game of the season at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, a 10-1 win over UC Irvine. UCLA finishes its home schedule 19-12, as the Bruins won 16 of the final 22 games at Jackie Robinson Stadium. In the last 22 home games, the Bruins hit .320 (244-763) as a team with 31 home runs, 163 RBI, and 182 runs scored for an 8.3 runs-per-game average. UCLA will end the year hitting .305 (320-1048) with 38 home runs, 199 RBI, 221 runs scored (7.1 per game), and a 3.84 team ERA at Jackie Robinson Stadium this season.
Six Pack: UCLA defeated Stanford twice in a three-game series this past weekend to win its sixth-straight three-game home series of the season. Since 1975, that feat has never been accomplished.
Getting Some Props: UCLA garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors five times during the regular season. Every pitcher in the Bruin starting rotation has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, as junior Hector Ambriz (March 14), Dave Huff (April 25), and Tyson Brummett (March 7) have each been recognized as the conference's top hurler. Ambriz has also been named the Pac-10's Player of the Week (March 21), and Chris Jensen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on May 16. Jensen is also a Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team selection.
Getting More Props: The UCLA baseball team had seven players earn 2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference honors, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday, May 31. Juniors Hector Ambriz and Dave Huff, and freshman Ryan Babineau each earned All-Pac-10 First-Team honors, the most All-Pac-10 Team selections for UCLA since 2001. Senior Chris Jensen, junior Paul Oseguera, and freshmen Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis each earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades.
Freshman Impact: Head Coach John Savage started five freshmen in the lineup on Friday in the first round of the Malibu Regional against UC Irvine, marking the 19th time this season UCLA has put five or more freshman in the starting lineup.
The Big Four: UCLA would not be in the position it is in this season without the play of its senior class. Four seniors in particular have led the way for a once young and inexperienced Bruin team. So far this season, seniors Chris Jensen, Brett McMillan, Josh Roenicke, and Sean Smith have combined for much of UCLA's offensive production. These four seniors have combined for 192 of the team's 562 hits (35 percent), 114 of the team's 301 RBI (38 percent) and 114 of the team's 336 runs scored (34 percent).
Shutout, but not Shutdown: UCLA was shutout for the first time in 30 games in its 6-0 loss to Pepperdine on Saturday. That loss marked the fourth shutout loss for the Bruins on the season. However, the three other times UCLA got shutout this season, the Bruins rebounded to win the next game on each occasion.
Keep Their Headz Ringin: Freshman Brandon Crawford has been a hit machine for UCLA all season long. Crawford has started all 57 games for UCLA up the middle, and owns a .324 batting average with a team-best 77 hits, six home runs, six triples, 30 RBI, and 42 runs scored. The 6-2 shortstop is currently riding a career and team-high 12-game hit streak. In his last 12 games, Crawford is hitting .396 (19-48) with a home run, two triples, four doubles, and 11 runs scored. This is the third time this season Crawford has posted a hit streak of 10-or-more games, as he started the season with a personal-best 11-game hit streak, and now needs one more hit on Sunday to break the team-high tie with Josh Roenicke who also had a 12-game hitting streak this season.
Crawford went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI double that drove in the game-winning run for the Bruins with two outs in Friday's win over UCI. It was his 19th two-out RBI this season, a team best. He had a base hit in a 1-for-4 performance against Pepperdine on Saturday.
T-Brumm: Junior Tyson Brummett has pitched outstanding for the Bruins all season long, and has been very solid as of late on the mound. In his last three outings, Brummett is 1-0 with a 3.78 ERA, a complete game win, a save, and 10 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched. UCLA is a team-best 9-5 when Brummett starts on the hill.
Complete Gamers: Ambriz earned UCLA's sixth complete game win of the season on Friday. On the year, Huff leads the team with three complete games, followed by two by Ambriz, and one by junior Tyson Brummett. Huff and Brummett tossed back-to-back complete game win against USC.
Bailamos: Junior Paul Oseguera has been phenomenal out of the bullpen this season for UCLA. During the regular season, Oseguera posted a 3-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and two saves, striking out 46 batters in 47.1 innings pitched. In his last seven appearances, Oseguera has a 0.55 ERA with a win and 13 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.
Bring It: This season, UCLA didn't back down from anyone, which showed in the toughness of its schedule. The Bruins played 32 games scheduled against teams that competed in the 2005 NCAA Regional Championships, with 11 teams listed in this year's 2005 preseason top-25 rankings.
UCLA took on 12 teams that competed in the 2005 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 2005 NCAA Super Regional participants (Miami, Cal State Fullerton, Ole Miss, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State).
UCLA went 19-13 against those teams.
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: If UCLA beats Missouri, the Bruins will play Pepperdine in another elimination game on Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m. If UCLA beats Pepperdine on Sunday, the Bruins will play the Waves on Monday, June 5 for the Malibu Regional Championship.