UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 13 in Baseball America's Pre-Season Poll

Jan. 4, 2007

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Los Angeles - The UCLA baseball team has been ranked No. 13 in Baseball America's pre-season top 25 poll and No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's "Fabulous 40" pre-season poll. Led by third-year head coach John Savage, the Bruins return five starting position players and two starting pitchers from the 2006 squad (33-25, 13-10 Pac-10), which finished the season in the NCAA Malibu Regional.

After playing the most difficult schedule in the nation last season, as rated by Boyd's World, the Bruins' 2007 slate features 20 games against teams in Baseball America's top-25 poll. Likewise, UCLA will play 33 games versus programs listed in the publication's pre-season top-50 poll.

The Bruins' No. 26 ranking by Collegiate Baseball marks their highest pre-season selection by the newspaper since 2000, when UCLA entered the season ranked fourth. The Bruins will play 50 of their 56 games against teams either ranked in Collegiate Baseball's top-40 poll or among schools receiving votes.

UCLA returns six sophomores who exhibited promising freshman seasons in 2006. Shortstop Brandon Crawford earned a spot on the U.S. National Team last summer after hitting .318 and starting all 58 games at shortstop. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis led UCLA regulars with a .336 batting average in 50 games.

Catcher Ryan Babineau captured Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball after throwing out 60 percent of all attempted base stealers and not committing an error in 445 chances. Outfielder Cody Decker posted a .302 average and belted five home runs in just 63 at-bats. Outfielders Blair Dunlap and Tim Murphy also impressed, as Dunlap earned a spot on the All-Malibu Regional Team and Murphy hit .254 despite breaking his wrist early in the season.

UCLA's incoming recruiting class gained a No. 13 ranking from Baseball America and features the 2006 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year (Charles Brewer) and four players selected in the 2006 MLB Draft (Brewer, Raul Duran, Matthew Drummond and Casey Haerther). Brewer, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher from Scottsdale, Ariz., compiled a 19-0 varsity record and led Chaparral High School to three state titles.

Gavin Brooks, a 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher from Vista, Calif., earned 2005 AFLAC All-America honors. Drummond posted a 10-1 record, a 2.10 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 67.1 innings as a senior at Paso Robles High School (Paso Robles, Calif.). Haerther, a powerful corner infielder from Chatsworth, Calif., recorded a .554 batting average with seven home runs and 38 RBI his senior season at Chaminade High School.

UCLA opens its 2007 season with a three-game series against No. 23 Winthrop (46-18, 17-7 Big South in 2006) on Friday, Feb. 2, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.

BASEBALL AMERICA PRE-SEASON TOP-25 POLL

Rank Team 2006 Record
1 Rice 57-13
2 Miami 42-24
3 Clemson 53-16
4 Texas 41-21
5 North Carolina 54-15
6 South Carolina 41-25
7 Arkansas 39-21
8 Vanderbilt 38-27
9 Virginia 47-15
10 Wichita State 46-22
11 Tennessee 31-24
12 Georgia Tech 50-18
13 UCLA 33-25
14 Cal State Fullerton 50-15
15 Tulane 43-21
16 Oregon State 50-16
17 Nebraska 42-17
18 Florida State 44-21
19 Pepperdine 42-21
20 Arizona State 37-21
21 Evansville 43-22
22 Oklahoma State 41-20
23 Winthrop 46-18
24 Texas Christian 39-23
25 Mississippi 44-22

records do not include ties
bold indicates UCLA opponent


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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