May 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES - With two weeks remaining in the regular season, No. 11 UCLA returns to action at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday evening (6 p.m.). The Bruins (35-13) have won 13 of their last 18 games, including seven of their last eight contests. Cal State Fullerton (32-15) lost to UCLA, 4-2, when the two schools faced each other at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium on April 10.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, May 15 - 6 p.m.
UCLA - Grant Watson, LHP, Fr. (8-2, 4.95)
Cal State Fullerton - Koby Gauna, RHP, Fr. (4-3, 2.83)
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE (click here) | UCLA Broadcast Schedule
Each game of UCLA's remaining regular-season games will feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. UCLA's John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif., on Tuesday night and from Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif., this weekend. Live stats of all remaining games will be available through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on uclabruins.com.
MIDWEEK MEETING IN FULLERTON
With eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Bruins will play at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. UCLA defeated the Titans, 4-2, when the two schools faced each other at Jackie Robinson Stadium on April 10. Grant Watson, slated to start this Tuesday, earned the victory in the previous meeting by limiting Cal State Fullerton to two runs and four hits in six innings. He did not allow any hits until the top of the fifth inning in that game. The Bruins last played at Cal State Fullerton on March 29, 2011, dropping a 5-3 decision that evening.
UCLA SWEEPS WASHINGTON
The Bruins posted a perfect 4-0 record last week, winning at Pepperdine (6-2) on Tuesday before sweeping Washington in Seattle over the weekend. Jeff Gelalich led the offense by hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three home runs, while the pitching staff limited the opposition to seven runs in four games (1.50 ERA). UCLA has won 13 of its last 18 games, including seven of its last eight contests. The Bruins swept Washington for the fourth straight season and extended their winning streak against the Huskies to 14 games (dating back to April 26, 2008).
GELALICH LEADS OFFENSE
Jeff Gelalich ranks first in batting average (.391) and second in on-base percentage (.474) in the Pac-12, through Sunday's games. He belted three home runs in four games for UCLA last week and is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference with nine round-trippers. The junior outfielder from La Verne, Calif., leads UCLA with 22 multiple-hit games and is among the conference's top performers in hits (2nd, 72), slugging percentage (5th, .582), walks (t-5th, 26), runs scored (t-6th, 44) and stolen bases (t-1st, 15).
Tyler Heineman has batted .358 with 24 RBI and 35 runs in 46 games, making 38 starts at catcher. Named to the revised watch list for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award last week, Heineman has thrown out 15 of 35 attempted base stealers (42.9 percent). The switch-hitting catcher from Pacific Palisades, Calif., has hit safely in 38 of 46 contests. As a team, UCLA's defense ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in caught stealing percentage (45.4 percent).
Grant Watson has gone 8-2 with a 4.95 ERA, serving as a starter during four weekends and in all midweek games as well as a reliever. Watson and teammates Ryan Deeter and Scott Griggs are tied for second in the Pac-12 in pitching appearances (28). Watson is also tied for fifth in wins (8) with Stanford's Mark Appel. He has started all nine midweek games for UCLA, going 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA in those contests (43.1 innings).
VALUED IN RELIEF
David Berg set UCLA's freshman single-season apperances record on Sunday, pitching in his 35th game and earning the victory as the Bruins downed Washington, 4-2. Through Sunday's games, Berg ranked first in the Pac-12 in ERA (1.40) and opposing batting average (.169). In addition, Berg ranked fourth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.26). The right-hander from Covina, Calif., has pitched in UCLA's last 10 games, logging a 0.64 ERA with 13 strikeouts and no walks in 14.0 innings (one run allowed, 10 hits surrendered).
Since the start of the 2010 season, UCLA has gone 52-23 in all road and neutral site contests. The Bruins have opened this season with a 16-3 record away from home, posting a 9-3 mark on the road in Pac-12 games. Last year, UCLA went 14-13 in road/neutral site games, while in 2010 the Bruins went 15-4 on the road and 7-3 at neutral sites. UCLA has gone 29-10 in Pac-12 Conference road games since 2010. In addition, the Bruins have logged five Pac-12 road sweeps in the last three years (2010 UW, Cal; 2011 Oregon; 2012 UW, Utah).
Beau Amaral enters Tuesday night's game with a .317 batting average and Pac-12-best 53 runs scored. Amaral has compiled a .324 career batting average in 170 games (163 starts), the most career games played or starts of any player currently on UCLA's roster. Amaral has started in center field and served as UCLA's leadoff hitter in all 48 games this spring. Amaral and Jeff Gelalich are tied for the team lead with 17 extra-base hits.
GRIGGS SETS SAVES RECORD
Scott Griggs picked up his 13th save in UCLA's 4-2 win at Washington on Sunday, establishing the school's new single-season saves record. Griggs eclisped Gabe Sollecito's 12-save total from 1992 after having recorded his fifth save in the last three weeks. The junior right-hander from Alamo, Calif., has scattered 10 hits in 28.2 innings (.104 opposing batting average) and is tied for second on the staff with 49 strikeouts.
Junior Trevor Brown has emerged as UCLA's most versatile position player. In three seasons, he has played catcher, first base, second base, third base and right field. Batting .300 with three homers and a team-best 38 RBI this season, Brown has made 18 career starts at catcher and 38 starts at first base this season, after having started 24 games at second base in 2011. He has made nine career starts at third base. Brown made his debut in the outfield (right field) on May 8 at Pepperdine and has played shortstop in summer leagues.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Through 13 weeks, UCLA has had seven Pac-12 Player/Pitcher of the Week award selections. Beau Amaral (March 26, April 16) and Jeff Gelalich (Feb. 29, March 13) have twice captured Player of the Week honors. Adam Plutko (March 13, May 7) has twice secured Pitcher of the Week honors this season. Grant Watson was named Pitcher of the Week (March 20) after logging two wins in three games.
Sophomore right-hander Ryan Deeter has secured Capital One Academic All-District VIII team honors, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Deeter has gone 1-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings. The Bruins' reliever from Newark, Calif., is tied for second among Pac-12 pitchers with 28 apperaances (all in relief). Deeter has logged 20 strikeouts and 11 walks, limiting the opposition to a .200 batting average.
NEWS AND NOTES
UCLA's defense has committed just two errors in the last nine games ... the Bruins have tallied the nation's best winning percentage away from home (.842 win percentage, includes road and neutral site games) ... UCLA has swept three teams on the road this season (at Georgia, at Utah, at Washington) ... the Bruins' next five games are all on the road before closing the season at home versus USC (May 25-27) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.