No. 13 UCLA to Face No. 23 Winthrop in Sunday's Rubber Match

Feb. 4, 2007

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No. 23 Winthrop (1-1) at No. 13 UCLA (1-1)
Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,250)
Sunday, Feb. 4 (1 p.m.)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS (2006 stats)
Gavin Brooks, LHP (collegiate debut) vs. Jason Franzblau, RHP (4-1, 3.30)

TODAY'S GAME
The 13th-ranked UCLA baseball team looks to defeat 23rd-ranked Winthrop and take the season series, 2-1, when the schools face each other Sunday afternoon. The Bruins hand the ball to freshman Gavin Brooks, who will make his first collegiate start. Game time is 1 p.m. (PST) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

YESTERDAY'S GAME
Winthrop scored six times in the third inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat UCLA, 6-4. UCLA sophomore Jason Novak allowed just four hits in 4.2 scoreless inning of relief and redshirt sophomore Brendan Lafferty limited the Eagles to one hit and no runs in 1.2 innings. Juniors Mickey Weisser and Alden Carrithers both finished 2-for-4, and sophomore Brandon Crawford posted a 2-for-5 performance at the plate. Sophomore Paul Schmidt (0-1) absorbed the loss, allowing four runs in 2.2 innings.

ON THE HILL
Freshman Gavin Brooks will make his collegiate debut today in the rubber game between UCLA and Winthrop. Brooks threw 3.0 scoreless innings in last weekend's annual Alumni Game. A three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Rancho Buena Vista High School (Vista, Calif.), Brooks pitched eight scoreless innings and recorded 12 strikeouts as a senior. A 2005 AFLAC All-American, he posted a 6-1 record with 56 strikeouts in 50 innings as a sophomore to earn team "most outstanding pitcher" honors as a sophomore. A talented student-athlete, Brooks was a Dean's List honoree all four years and earned San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic accolades as a junior and senior.

ABOUT THE EAGLES
Winthrop, located in Rock Hill, S.C., finished second in the Big South Conference in 2006, recording a 46-18 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional. The Eagles return right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson, outfielder Tommy Lentz and shortstop Chris Carrara from last season's team. Winthrop is led by head coach Joe Hudak, who enters his 16th season (542-362-5) as the Eagles' head baseball coach. The Eagles earned an at-large NCAA Tournament bid last season after posting a 24-7 Big South record.

MOVIN' UP
UCLA has earned a No. 13 preseason ranking from Baseball America, a No. 21 mark in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and a No. 26 ranking from Collegiate Baseball. The Bruins' ended the 2000 season ranked No. 15 and finished the 1997 season in the College World Series with a No. 5 national mark (Baseball America). Rivals.com has ranked the Bruins No. 16, and the NCBWA has slotted UCLA at No. 23 in its preseason poll.

RANK THIS
According to Boyd's World, a national strength of schedule ranking service, UCLA will face the third-most difficult schedule in the nation. The Bruins will play 20 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's preseason top-25 poll. Likewise, 50 of UCLA's 56 regular-season games are against teams either ranked in or receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason "Fabulous 40" poll. The Bruins begin the season with six games against top-25 teams - No. 23 Winthrop and No. 2 Miami.

WELCOME TO WESTWOOD
The UCLA baseball program features 13 newcomers - 10 freshmen and three transfer students. The incoming recruiting class, ranked 13th nationally by Baseball America, is headlined by the 2006 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year (Charles Brewer) and four players selected in the 2006 MLB Draft (Brewer, Matthew Drummond, Raul Duran and Casey Haerther). The Bruins welcome three talented transfers - second baseman Alden Carrithers (UC Santa Barbara), catcher Brent Dean (L.A. Harbor CC) and outfielder Mickey Weisser (Sierra JC). Through the Bruins' first two games, Carrithers (2-for-7) and Weisser (4-for-8) are hitting a combined 6-for-15 (.400).

TOP DEFENSE
The Bruins return five position players from the 2006 team, which finished the season ranked first in fielding percentage in the Pac-10 Conference. Anchored by catcher Ryan Babineau, who did not commit an error in 445 chances last season, UCLA returns outfielder Blair Dunlap (1.000), first baseman Tim Stewart (.997), outfielder Tim Murphy (.950), shortstop Brandon Crawford (.949) and sophomore Jermaine Curtis (.908).

DON'T BE OFFENDED
Offense should be UCLA's strength this season. After having ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in batting average last season, the Bruins return several reliable bats. Jermaine Curtis led all UCLA regulars in 2006 with a .336 batting average (.390 in Pac-10 play). Also returning to the Bruins' potent lineup are Brandon Crawford (.318 avg, .297 Pac-10), Cody Decker (.302 avg, .450 Pac-10), Tim Stewart (.301 avg, .277 Pac-10), Blair Dunlap (.300 avg, .302 Pac-10), Ryan Babineau (.258 avg, .351 Pac-10) and Tim Murphy (.254 avg).


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, May 03 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
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