April 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team takes on Cal State Northridge on Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bruins (24-8) have won four of their last five games and are currently tied with Arizona and Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 standings. Last weekend, UCLA won two of three games at then-No. 4 Arizona.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, April 17 - 6 p.m.
Cal State Northridge - Louis Cohen, RHP, R-Fr. (4-1, 3.66)
UCLA - Grant Watson, LHP, Fr. (7-1, 4.96)
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE (click here) | 2012 Radio Broadcasts
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 Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday when the Bruins take on Cal State Northridge. Fans at the game, using a portable radio, can listen to a live in-stadium broadcast on 87.7 FM. Live stats of the game are available through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on uclabruins.com.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Tickets to UCLA home baseball games at Jackie Robinson Stadium cost $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 16 and under). Parking at the ballpark 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.
LAST TIME OUT
UCLA defeated Cal State Northridge, 19-7, at Matador Field the last time these two schools faced each other earlier this season (Tuesday, Feb. 21). UCLA led 5-0 in that game, pushed its advantage to 9-4 in the top of the fifth before the Matadors closed the gap to 9-7 in the bottom of the inning. The Bruins added one run in the seventh and nine in the eighth to put the contest out of reach. Jeff Gelalich went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI in the victory.
WATSON ON THE MOUND
Freshman left-hander Grant Watson will make his team-leading 10th start of the season Tuesday night, carrying a 7-1 record and 4.96 ERA into the non-conference game. Watson has served as a weekend starter, midweek starter and relief pitcher during his rookie campaign. He earned the win against No. 12 Cal State Fullerton last Tuesday, limiting the Titans to two runs and four hits in six innings to log his team-leading seventh win. Watson has started UCLA's five midweek contests this season, going 4-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings in those games.
HOT HITTING HEINEMAN
Junior catcher Tyler Heineman leads the Pac-12 with a .432 batting average and has posted a conference-leading .509 batting average in Pac-12 games. Heineman has compiled a 14-game hitting streak, during which he has batted at a .571 clip (28-for-49). The native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., also leads the conference with a .526 on-base percentage. In three games at Arizona over the weekend, Heineman went 8-for-14 (.571) with two RBI and two runs. He has hit safely in 30 of the Bruins' 32 ballgames this spring.
Since the start of the 2010 season, UCLA has gone 46-21 in all road and neutral site contests. The Bruins have opened this season with a 10-1 record away from home, most recently winning two of three games at then-No. 4 ranked Arizona. 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. In conference action, UCLA has tallied a 25-8 road record since 2010.
TAKING CENTER STAGE
Junior Beau Amaral has started all 32 games in center field for UCLA and enters Tuesday's game against Cal State Northridge with a .346 batting average, two homers, four triples, seven doubles, 24 RBI and a Pac-12-leading 41 runs scored. Amaral went 4-for-6 with two triples, four runs and four RBI in UCLA's 15-3 win at Arizona on Saturday night. He has batted .431 with 24 runs scored in UCLA's 15 Pac-12 games this spring.
UCLA'S HITTING STREAKS
Boasting the conference's second highest team batting average (.312), UCLA has compiled several noteworthy hitting streaks this season. Beau Amaral currently rides an 18-game hitting streak, the longest such streak by any UCLA player since 2005, when outfielder Chris Jensen logged an 18-game hitting streak. Josh Canales was the last Bruin to have recorded a hitting streak longer than 18 games (24-game streak in 2001). Tyler Heineman has hit safely in the last 14 games after having opened the year with a 12-game hitting streak.
WEEKEND IN TUCSON
Arizona entered last weekend's series leading the nation wtih a .331 batting average, and UCLA limited the Wildcats to nine runs in three games (and a .275 average). After dropping a 4-3 decision on Friday, the Bruins used a season-high 20 hits to defeat Arizona, 15-3, on Saturday. UCLA overcame a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and two in the seventh on Sunday to secure a 6-2 win and a Pac-12 series victory. Beau Amaral earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, going 7-for-15 (.467) with six RBI and six runs at Arizona.
Four UCLA pitchers rank among the top five in pitching appearances in the Pac-12. David Berg (21) and Ryan Deeter (20) are first and second, respectively, in that category. Scott Griggs, Grant Watson and ASU's Jake Barrett are tied for third with 18. Griggs is in a three-way tie for first in the Pac-12 with eight saves, having gone 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings as the Bruins' closer (29 strikeouts, 18 walks).
VERSUS RANKED TEAMS
UCLA is playing through a 19-game stretch that features 13 contests against top-25 ranked teams (Baseball America). The Bruins have gone 11-5 against ranked teams this year, winning four of five weekend series against ranked competition. UCLA won two of three against Baylor (Feb. 24-26), swept a three-game series at Georgia (March 9-11), won two of three against Arizona State (March 16-18) and won two of three at Arizona (April 13-15).
CROSSING THE PLATE
Beau Amaral leads the Pac-12 with 41 runs scored, a figure that already eclipses his team-leading total of 37 runs in 2011. The last time any UCLA player finished a season with more than 55 runs was in 2000, when Chase Utley tallied a team-leading 81 runs. Jeff Gelalich is tied with four other players for fourth place on the current Pac-12 runs list (31). Entering Tuesday's action, UCLA is tied for third in the conference with 217 runs.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Through the first nine weeks of the season, UCLA has had six Pac-12 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week award selections. Beau Amaral (March 26, April 16) and Jeff Gelalich (Feb. 29, March 13) have each twice captured Player of the Week honors. Adam Plutko earned Pitcher of the Week honors (March 13) after throwing a complete game shutout at Georgia on March 9. Grant Watson was named Pitcher of the Week on March 20 after having gone 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three games (two starts) the previous week.
UCLA's bullpen has gone 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA in 109.2 innings this season, combining for 94 relief appearances through the team's first 32 games. In fact, the team's relief corps has held the opposition to just six runs (five earned) and 27 hits through the last 13 games (2-1 record, 0.91 ERA, with a .163 batting average). David Berg has a 1.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings through UCLA's last 13 games (10 relief outings).
NEWS AND NOTES
UCLA had a 12-game winning streak earlier this year, the program's longest streak since opening the 2010 season with 22 consecutive victories ... through games played Sunday, April 15, UCLA ranked No. 17 in the nation in batting average (.312) and No. 19 in on-base percentage (.400) ... the pitching staff ranked No. 55 in ERA (3.40) and No. 13 in hits allowed per nine innings (7.71) ... Tyler Heineman's batting average (.332) ranked No. 8, while Beau Amaral ranked No. 5, nationally, in runs scored per game (1.28) and No. 13 in total runs (41).