May 17, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium
Adam Simon (1-4, 6.46 ERA vs. TBA
UCLA, coming off a 2-2 week against UC Irvine and No. 21 Stanford, returns to Westwood for one of four remaining home games as the Bruins take on Loyola Marymount Tuesday at 6 p.m at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Lions are fresh off a series victory over the University of San Diego and are fighting to remain in the West Coast Conference Coast Division title race. On April 12 in the two school's only prior meeting this season, LMU outlasted UCLA 4-2 at Page Stadium. The Bruins have just eight games left this season, including Pac-10 series against the Washington schools (at Washington State, vs. Washington)
Simon Says: Expected starting pitcher Adam Simon will be making his sixth start of the season (seventh career) tonight against the Lions. In 46.0 innings pitched in 2005, the right-hander has a 6.46 ERA while striking out 42 batters. Simon began the season as the Bruins' closer and notched saves in UCLA's first two victories of the season. The junior has allowed just two runs over his last five outings (all in relief) spanning 6.1 innings. Simon lasted two innings (three runs) in his start against LMU on April 12.
Savage Gets No. 100: First-year head coach John Savage earned his 100th career victory in ironic fashion on May 10 as his Bruins walloped his former school, UC Irvine, 11-1 at Anteater Ballpark. Interestingly enough, Savage earned his first career head coaching victory against UCLA as the skipper of UCI in 2002.
Fighting the Good Fight: BoydsWorld.com, a statistics-based college baseball website, currently ranks UCLA's 2005 strength of schedule as the toughest in the country. The Bruins have played 18 of their 48 games against top 25 teams. The site also lists the Pac-10 Conference third in Iterative Strength Rating (ISR) and fourth in Psuedo-RPI. UCLA's 2006 schedule will not get any easier as the Bruins are slated to play weekend series against the likes of Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Miami, Mississippi and North Carolina State along with Pac-10 opponents such as Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State.
We're Going Streaking!: Right fielder Chris Jensen had his 18-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, May 17, bringing to an end the junior's amazing hit parade. Jensen joined the UCLA lineup on April 15 after missing the season's first two months due to injury and recorded at least one hit in every game until Sunday. Still, Jensen is hitting a team best .410 with five home runs and 15 RBI.
Denove Firing On All Cylinders: Junior catcher Chris Denove has thrown out ten of the last 17 base runners attempting to steal, including a span of seven in a row from May 6 to May 13. Over the last seven games Denove has also picked off two runners at second base. In Baseball America's preseason rankings, Denove was listed as having the best arm and defensive skills of any catcher in the Pac-10 Conference. The Agoura Hills native has also been getting hot at the plate, raising his average almost forty points over the last ten games. Since April 24 at Arizona State, Denove is batting .313 (14-for-48) with eight RBI.
Comeback Bruins: UCLA has gone from a team that had not won after trailing in a game to a team that expects to come from behind. Beginning with UCLA's 3-1 win over UC Irvine on April 26, the Bruins have notched four comeback victories, most recently a 4-3 win against then-No. 21 Stanford on May 14, in which UCLA trailed 3-1 as late as the sixth inning.
April 12 vs. LMU: Loyola Marymount scored three times in the second inning and that's all the Lions needed to defeat UCLA 4-2 back on April 12 at George Page Stadium. LMU's Kyle Mura hit a leadoff home run in the Lion second and right fielder James Cooper would contribute a two-RBI single later in the inning to provide LMU all the runs it would need. Bruin shortstop Tommy Lansdon and center fielder Josh Roenicke knocked in the two Bruin runs, both in the fourth inning. Gabe Bueno earned the victory for LMU. Right-hander Adam Simon suffered the defeat for UCLA, allowing three runs on five hits over two innings in his third start of the year.