April 8, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Bruins kick off a string of four consecutive non-conference games on Tuesday night, as they host the Hawai'i Rainbows at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, April 9 - 6:00 p.m.
UH - Scott Squier, LHP, So. (0-4, 3.50)
UCLA - Cody Poteet, RHP, Fr. (1-3, 5.52)
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE (click here)
Tuesday's game vs. Hawai'i will feature a live audio broadcast online at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Jackie Robinson Stadium. Audio broadcasts of all UCLA home games and select road games will be available at uclabruins.com this season. In addition, fans can follow pitch-by-pitch action of the Hawai'i game through gametracker, which can be found here.
UCLA HOSTS HAWAI'I
The Bruins kick off a string of four consecutive non-conference games on Tuesday night, as they host the Hawai'i Rainbows at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA and Hawai'i have met 56 times in their history, but only three of those meetings have occurred at UCLA. The Rainbows hold a 31-25 edge in the all-time series, though the two sides have not met since 2003. Head coach John Savage has a 3-1 record against Hawai'i all-time, but this will be the first game he has coached against the Rainbows since he took over as UCLA's head coach in 2004.
The Bruins dropped two of three to the sixth-ranked Oregon State Beavers over the weekend, winning Friday's contest before falling in the final two games of the series. On Friday night, junior right-hander Adam Plutko propelled UCLA to a 3-2 victory, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run (unearned) on two hits. Plutko also struck out six Oregon State hitters on the night while sophomore David Berg threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his sixth save of the season. At the plate, junior Pat Gallagher went 2-4 with two doubles, a run and a RBI to lead the Bruins while junior Kevin Williams hit his first home run of the year. On Saturday, Oregon State shut out UCLA, 5-0, before taking the final game of the series on Sunday, 5-2. Sophomore Kevin Kramer went a combined 4-6 in the final two games.
Freshman Cody Poteet will take the mound this Tuesday for the Bruins, making his fifth collegiate start. Poteet picked up his first win at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 26, going five innings and allowing just two hits in UCLA's 12-3 victory over the Gauchos. As a starter, Poteet is 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA and 10 strikeouts. The right-hander from Bonita, Calif. was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft after enjoying a great three-year career at Christian High School (El Cajon, Calif.) and competing for club team ABD Bulldogs. Poteet went 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched for the Bulldogs in 2012.
UCLA has won 14 of its last 15 midweek games dating back to last season, with its only loss coming to Cal State Fullerton last Tuesday. The Bruins concluded the 2012 regular-season schedule having gone 11-0 in all midweek (Tuesday) ballgames and have also won 12 of their last 13 against Big West opponents. UCLA posted a perfect 9-0 record against Big West Conference foes in 2012. The Bruins are 3-1 in midweek games this season, defeating UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge on the road and falling to Cal State Fullerton at home.
Sophomore Kevin Kramer, junior Brian Carroll and freshman Trent Chatterton have all done a stellar job of finding ways to reach base this season. Kramer leads the team and is fifth in the Pac-12 with a .446 on-base percentage, while Carroll and Chatterton are tied for eighth in the conference with a .432 mark. Kramer also leads the Pac-12 in walks this season with 21 while UCLA as a team is second in the conference with 135 free passes on the season, trailing only Arizona's 143.
Junior center fielder Brian Carroll has had a great first half of the season so far, leading the Bruins in multiple categories. Carroll has especially wreaked havoc on the basepaths, stealing 18 bases in 20 attempts. His 18 steals rank second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation. In addition, Carroll leads UCLA with 24 runs scored, two triples and seven sacrifice bunts. He also has not committed an error in center field this season and is second on the team in hits (30) and batting average (.307).
After his record-setting freshman season in 2012, sophomore David Berg has continued to string together terrific performances out of the bullpen in 2013. Berg, a preseason All-American, currently leads all UCLA pitchers with a 1.16 ERA, which is also good for second best in the conference and 23rd best in the nation. He has appeared in 18 of UCLA's 28 games, posting a record of 3-0 with six saves. Berg has struck out 35 batters and gave up just four walks in 31.0 innings pitched, while allowing just a .195 batting average against him. He has also given up just four earned runs all season, which is the fewest in the Pac-12. In 2012, Berg led the Pac-12 with a 1.46 ERA, appearing in 50 games while earning freshman All-America honors from Baseball America.
Sophomore catcher Shane Zeile has been on a tear as of late, posting five multi-hit games in his last eight games played. He has also recorded at least one hit in 10 of his last 12 games. Since Pac-12 play began, Zeile has hit .372 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. In his career, Zeile has a .313 batting average in 56 games played with seven doubles and 17 RBI.
INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
With his walk on March 22 against California, senior Cody Regis moved into sole possession of ninth place on UCLA's all-time career walks list. Regis, who now has 110 walks in his career, moved past Eric Valent (1996-98) and Bobby Holley (1986-88) on the list. Regis is off to a good start in Pac-12 play, hitting a team-leading .379 in conference games while slugging .448. He has also posted a .471 on-base percentage in Pac-12 games. Junior right-hander Adam Plutko also entered the record books this past weekend, picking up career win number 22 on Friday night against Oregon State, moving him into a tie for ninth on UCLA's all-time career wins list. Plutko owns a career record of 22-9 and has posted a 2.39 ERA with 228 strikeouts.
GOLD GLOVE DEFENSE
UCLA has been outstanding in the field this season, posting a team fielding percentage of .980, which ranks ninth in the country and second in the conference behind only Oregon (.988). The Bruins have committed only 23 errors their 28 games thus far. Individually, junior shortstop Pat Valaika has not committed an error in his last 18 games dating back March 3 against Wright State. In 2012, UCLA's defense recorded a .976 fielding percentage, matching the second-highest mark in school history.
Middle infielders Pat Valaika and Trent Chatterton are each enjoying strong 2013 campaigns. Chatterton is off to a great start in his inaugural season in Westwood, leading the Bruins with a .338 batting average. Additionally, Chatterton is third on the team with four multi-RBI games and is second on the team to Valaika (10) with nine multi-hit games. Valaika has also been swinging the bat well this season, as he enters Tuesday's game leading the Bruins in hits (32), home runs (3), RBI (26), total bases (52), doubles (9) and slugging percentage (.460), all while anchoring the defense at shortstop. Valaika also ranks fifth in the conference with his 26 RBI. In the field, Valaika leads the Bruins with 15 double plays turned while Chatterton is tied for third with nine.
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY
Sunday's game vs. Loyola Marymount will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring the accomplishments of UCLA legend Jackie Robinson in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day. Promotions surrounding the release of the movie "42" will also take place during the game.