No. 16 UCLA Baseball to Host UC Riverside on Tuesday Night

March 5, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 16 UCLA baseball team hosts UC Riverside in a non-conference game Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bruins (8-3) have won their last six games entering Tuesday's game against the Highlanders.

Tuesday, March 6 - 6 p.m.
UC Riverside - Mitch Patito, RHP, Jr. (1-0, 2.70)
UCLA - Grant Watson, LHP, Fr. (2-0, 7.62)

Each game of UCLA's home games will feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at In addition, UCLA will broadcast select road games throughout the season. UCLA's John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday as the Bruins take on UC Riverside. In addition, fans can follow online through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on

Tickets to UCLA home baseball games at Jackie Robinson Stadium cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under). Parking on the West L.A. VA Grounds costs $8. Jackie Robinson Stadium is located on Constitution Ave. just west of the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Blvd. The Bruins have played at Jackie Robinson Stadium since the ballpark's founding in 1981.

UCLA hosts UC Riverside on Tuesday night in the only meeting between the two programs this season. The Bruins enter this week's midweek matchup having won six consecutive games after sweeping a three-game series at home against Sacramento State over the weekend. UC Riverside has gone 4-7 through its first 11 games, most recently winning one of three games last weekend at Sam Houston State. UC Riverside defeated UCLA, 5-4, in 11 innings in the schools' only meeting last season at Riverside Sports Complex.

The Bruins have batted at a .330 clip during their current six-game win streak, while the pitching staff has limited the opposition to a .171 batting average in that span. UCLA has outscored its competitors by a 48-16 margin during the win streak. Jeff Gelalich leads UCLA's hitters during the win streak with a .579 batting average (11-for-19). The streak began after UCLA lost a series opener at home to Baylor, 15-3, on Friday, Feb. 24.

Jeff Gelalich has batted .462 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 14 runs in 11 games for the Bruins. Kevin Williams has hit at a .458 clip in nine games, totaling five RBI and four runs in 24 at-bats. Gelalich and Williams each had three hits in UCLA's 11-2 win over Sacramento State last Sunday. Gelalich finished that game going 3-for-3 with three RBI-doubles and two runs scored. One week ago, Gelalich was honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Week after batting .500 (7-for-14) in a win over Cal State Northridge and three games versus Baylor.

UCLA earned its first three-game series sweep of the season on Sunday with an 11-2 win over Sacramento State. The Bruins won on Friday, 5-2, before securing a 6-2 victory on Saturday. UCLA outscored the visiting Hornets, 22-6, in the series, batting .319 with seven doubles and a .412 on-base percentage. Jeff Gelalich went 5-for-8 with four doubles, five RBI, two runs and three walks, and Kevin Williams batted .545 (6-for-11).

Freshman left-hander Grant Watson will take the hill for the Bruins on Tuesday night against UC Riverside. Watson, who has started in each of UCLA's last two midweek games, enters this week's non-conference tilt with a 2-0 record and 7.62 ERA. Watson earned the win last Tuesday against Long Beach State, allowing one run and one hit in four predetermined innings. He has logged seven strikeouts and seven walks in 13.0 innings.

Following Tuesday's game against UC Riverside, the Bruins will prepare for a three-game non-conference series at No. 9 Georgia. UCLA faced the Bulldogs on a Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium last season (March 11) as part of the Dodgertown Classic. Georgia earned a 6-2 victory in what began as a fierce pitcher's duel between starters Alex Wood (Georgia) and Gerrit Cole (UCLA). Georgia broke a scoreless tie with a four-run seventh inning. Last season's game marked the first in the all-time series between the two baseball programs.

Saturday's game at Georgia will be televised live by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. The game will begin at 11 a.m. (PT)/2 p.m. (ET). For more information about CSS, visit the cable station's website at CSS is available through Comcast, Charter and other cable providers. The station is currently not available through Dish Network or DirecTV.

The Bruins' bullpen has combined for 38 appearances, logging a 3-1 record, 3.46 ERA and three saves in 39.0 combined innings. Ryan Deeter has pitched in nine of UCLA's 11 games, posting a 1.23 ERA in 7.1 innings while limiting the opposition to a .136 batting average. David Berg has nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings, having registered a 1-0 record and 2.08 ERA in six games. Scott Griggs has gone 1-0 with three saves and a 1.29 ERA.

Through the season's first three weeks, Pac-12 baseball programs have combined for an 86-39 record (.688 percentage). Ten of the conference's 11 teams have records above the .500 plateau, with Oregon and Stanford each leading the group at 10-1. UCLA is one of nine Pac-12 teams to have logged at least eight wins. Conference play begins in two weeks, as UCLA will host Arizona State at Jackie Robinson Stadium from March 16-18.

UCLA will play USC at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 13, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. Earlier that afternoon, UC Irvine will face Pepperdine at 2 p.m. The Dodgertown Classic began in 2010, with UCLA securing a 6-1 victory over USC before 14,588 fans. Last season, USC blanked the Bruins, 2-0. Tickets to this year's event cost $5 in advance (when purchased through UCLA's Central Ticket Office), or $12 when purchased on the day of the game. Parking at Dodger Stadium that day is free and concessions will be offered at a discounted price.

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