May 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA baseball team plays a three-game series against Washington (26-18, 11-10) in Seattle this weekend. The Bruins (32-13, 12-9) and Huskies open the series at Seattle's Safeco Field on Friday evening at 6 p.m.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Friday, May 11 - 6 p.m. (at Safeco Field)
UCLA - Adam Plutko, RHP, So. (6-3, 3.38)
Washington - Aaron West, RHP, R-Jr. (6-4, 2.55)
Saturday, May 12 - 2 p.m. (at Husky Ballpark)
UCLA - Nick Vander Tuig, RHP, So. (6-3, 5.15)
Washington - Tyler Davis, RHP, Fr. (2-2, 2.59)
Sunday, May 13 - 1 p.m. (at Husky Ballpark)
UCLA - Zack Weiss, RHP, So. (2-2, 4.37)
Washington - Jeff Brigham, RHP, So. (0-0, 3.54)
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE (click here) | 2012 UCLA Baseball 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 will have the call this weekend as the Bruins play three games against Washington in Seattle. Live stats of each game will be available through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on uclabruins.com.
BRUINS HEADED TO SEATTLE
UCLA continues its Pac-12 schedule with a three-game series against Washington beginning Friday night at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners). The Bruins and Huskies will play at Washington's Husky Ballpark on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). UCLA has won the season series against Washington each of the last five years and carries an 11-game winning streak against the Huskies into Friday night's game. Sporting a 12-9 Pac-12 record, UCLA currently stands 2.5 games behind first place Oregon in the conference standings.
Adam Plutko has gone 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 12 starts during his sophomore campaign. The right-hander from Upland, Calif., earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors last Monday for the second time this season, after having limited Purdue to one run and two hits in 8.1 innings on Saturday, May 5, in UCLA's 5-1 victory. Plutko's most dominant outing came in an 11-strikeout, complete-game shutout at then-No. 9 Georgia on March 9.
Jeff Gelalich leads the Pac-12 with a .388 batting average and .478 on-base percentage. The junior outfielder from La Verne, Calif., ranks first in the conference in stolen bases (15), tied for third in hits (66) and seventh in slugging percentage (.559). Tyler Heineman ranks second in on-base percentage (.475) and sixth in batting average (.369). As a team, UCLA is second in the Pac-12 with a .306 batting average and .394 on-base percentage.
THREE WEEKS REMAIN
UCLA has 11 games remaining with three weekends left in the regular season. The Bruins will play a three-game series at Washington this weekend (May 11-13), with the series opener to take place Friday night at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Next week, UCLA plays at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night before traveling for a three-game Pac-12 series at California that weekend (May 18-20). The Bruins will play at UC Irvine the next Tuesday (May 24) and will close the regular season at home with three games versus USC (May 25-27).
UCLA'S PAST WEEKEND
The Bruins won two of three games against then-No. 13 Purdue last weekend, collecting their fifth series victory this season against a top-25 ranked team. UCLA has gone 8-4 in weekend series this year, compiling a 5-2 series record against ranked teams. Adam Plutko allowed one run and two hits in 8.1 innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday, leading the Bruins past Purdue, 5-1. UCLA won Game 2 by a 3-2 margin that evening. In Sunday's finale, Purdue erased a 10-5 deficit with 10 runs in the top of the inning and held on to win, 15-11.
TUESDAY'S WIN IN MALIBU
UCLA earned a 6-2 victory at Pepperdine on Tuesday, overcoming a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Bruins took advantage of five Pepperdine errors in the game, cranking 13 hits to improve to 20-4 in non-conference ballgames. Eric Jaffe collected his first win, tossing one-third of an inning in relief of starting pitcher Grant Watson. Jeff Gelalich went 2-for-4 with this team-leading seventh home run, while Trevor Brown and Tyler Heineman each went 3-for-5 with one RBI at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.
Beau Amaral has served as UCLA's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter in all 45 games this season. Amaral ranks fourth on the team with a .328 batting average and leads the Bruins with 17 extra-base hits (four home runs, five triples and eight doubles). He has scored a conference-best 51 runs, a total which already eclipses his team-leading 37 runs scored last season. Amaral tallied a career-long 21-game hitting streak earlier this season (March 11-April 21), during which he batted at a .432 clip (38-for-88).
Since the start of the 2010 season, UCLA has gone 49-23 in all road and neutral site contests. The Bruins have opened this season with a 13-3 record away from home, posting a 6-3 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. In conference action, UCLA has tallied a 26-10 road record since 2010.
REGULAR IN RELIEF
Freshman right-hander David Berg leads the Pac-12 with a 1.50 ERA and .170 opposing batting average, having pitched in a conference-best 32 games. He has become one of three pitchers in school history to have appeared in at least 30 games as a freshman. Rob Henkel (1997) and Chuck Yaeger (1981) hold the freshman season record with 34 appearances. Berg has pitched in UCLA's last seven games and 10 of the team's last 12 contests.
Junior Trevor Brown has batted .304 with three home runs, a team-high 38 RBI and nine doubles. Over the last three seasons, he has emerged as UCLA's most versatile position player. Brown has made 18 career starts at catcher and 36 starts at first base this season, after having started 24 games at second base in 2011. In addition he has made eight career starts as UCLA's third baseman. Brown made his debut in the outfield (right field) on Tuesday against Pepperdine and has played shortstop in summer leagues.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Through 12 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., ranks 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.
BIG LEAGUE BALLPARKS
UCLA will play Washington at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, the night of Friday, May 11. That game will mark the Bruins' seventh contest played in a Major League Baseball stadium since the start of the 2009 season. UCLA played three games at Minute Maid Park (Houston) in 2009. The Bruins have played one game at Dodger Stadium each of the last three seasons (2010-2012). UCLA has gone 2-4 in those six games.