April 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 17 UCLA baseball team hosts No. 12 Cal State Fullerton (21-10) in a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 10. Game time at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m. The Bruins (21-7) and Titans will also square off at Fullerton's Goodwin Field on Tuesday, May 15.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, April 10 - 6 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton - Koby Gauna, RHP, Fr. (3-2, 2.78)
UCLA - Grant Watson, LHP, Fr. (6-1, 5.36)
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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 as the Bruins host Cal State Fullerton. 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 for all UCLA students at Tuesday's game is free. Parking for non-students 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.
UCLA HOSTS CAL STATE FULLERTON
The Bruins will take on Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday in their first midweek matchup since defeating USC, 7-2, at Dodger Stadium on March 13. UCLA lost to the Titans, 5-3, in the two teams' only meeting last March at Goodwin Field. Tuesday's game marks UCLA's first against Cal State Fullerton since former Bruins' assistant coach Rick Vanderhook was named the Titans' head coach last summer. In 2010, UCLA lost two midweek games to Cal State Fullerton before winning the final two of three games at the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional.
PITCHING FOR THE BRUINS
Freshman left-hander Grant Watson will make his ninth start of the year on Tuesday (his fifth midweek start). Watson has gone 6-1 with a 5.36 ERA in 42.0 innings, serving a versatile role for UCLA as both a starting pitcher and reliever. In four previous midweek starts, Watson has gone 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings, as the Bruins have posted a perfect 4-0 record in those games. Hailing from Bakersfield, Calif., Watson has become just one of eight pitchers in school history to collect at least six wins during his freshman season.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
UCLA dropped a three-game series to Oregon at Jackie Robinson Stadium over the weekend, losing the first two of three games to the Ducks. UCLA's record in weekend series fell to 6-2, as the Bruins' only other series loss came against Maryland on the opening weekend of the season. The Bruins scored just five runs in the first two games of the series (losing 6-2 and 8-3) before overcoming a 5-2 deficit on Saturday afternoon to defeat Oregon, 8-6. David Berg struck out nine batters in 5.2 scoreless innings in two relief appearances for UCLA.
Through games played Sunday, Tyler Heineman ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .400 batting average, while teammate Jeff Gelalich's .381 batting average ranks fifth. Heineman has logged the second-highest on-base percentage (.504) of any Pac-12 player. Gelalich's .476 mark ranks fifth and Kevin Williams' .452 percentage is ninth. Beau Amaral and Arizona's Johnny Field are tied for the conference lead in runs scored (34). As a team, the Bruins are hitting .311 overall, the second-highest mark among Pac-12 programs.
Beau Amaral enters Tuesday's game against Cal State Fullerton riding a 14-game hitting streak, during which he has gone 24-for-58 (.414) with two homers, 13 RBI and 21 runs. Amaral had one 15-game hitting streak as a sophomore (2011) and as a freshman (2010). Tyler Heineman opened the season with a 12-game hitting streak and has hit safely in UCLA's last 10 games. He ranks fourth on the team with 10 multiple-hit efforts. Jeff Gelalich, who has logged a team-leading 13 multiple-hit games, reached base safely in UCLA's first 25 games.
Through Sunday's games, four of the conference's top six leaders in pitching appearances hail from UCLA. Ryan Deeter and David Berg lead the conference with 18 appearances. Scott Griggs and Grant Watson are two of four Pac-12 pitchers to have logged 16 pitching appearances. The team's bullpen has gone 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA, limiting the opposition to a .193 batting average in 85 combined relief appearances.
UCLA has gone 21-7 through the first half of the regular season, logging its second-best first half record in head coach John Savage's eight years. The Bruins went 25-3 through the first half of the 2010 season before later advancing to the College World Series. UCLA compiled a 24-5-1 record through the first half of its 59-game regular-season schedule in 1997, the program's most successful first half prior to 2010.
Since the start of the 2010 season, UCLA has recorded a 44-20 record in all road and neutral site contests. The Bruins have opened this season with an 8-0 record away from home, most recently sweeping a three-game Pac-12 series at Utah. Last year, UCLA went 14-13 in road and 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 23-7 road record since 2010.
VERSUS RANKED TEAMS
UCLA is currently playing through a 19-game stretch that features 13 contests against teams ranked in Baseball America's weekly top-25 poll. The Bruins have gone 8-4 against ranked teams this season, winning three of four weekend series against top-25 ranked competition. UCLA won two of three games against Baylor (Feb. 24-26), swept a three-game series at Georgia (March 9-11) and won two of three versus Arizona State (March 16-18).
In their eighth season under head coach John Savage, the Bruins have regularly played non-conference road series against teams away from the West Coast. In early March, UCLA swept a three-game series at then-No. 9 ranked Georgia. Last season, the Bruins played three consecutive extra-inning games at Nebraska. Aside from traveling to Omaha, Neb., for the 2010 College World Series, UCLA played three games in the Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi, Calif., that season. In 2009, UCLA spent three consecutive weekends on the road away from the West (at the Houston College Classic, Oklahoma and East Carolina).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
John Savage is nearing win No. 250 as the Bruins' head coach (has compiled a 248-198 record midway through his eighth season at UCLA) ... with one more victory, Grant Watson (6-1) could become just one of six pitchers in school history to have logged at least seven wins as a freshman (Adam Plutko went 7-4 in 2011, and Trevor Bauer went 9-3 in 2009) ... UCLA has not had a batter compile a hitting streak greater than 15 games since 2005, when Chris Jensen hit safely in 19 consecutive games (Beau Amaral currently has a 14-game hitting streak).
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Through the first eight weeks of the season, UCLA has had five Pac-12 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week award selections. Jeff Gelalich has twice captured Player of the Week honors (Feb. 28, March 13). Beau Amaral was named Player of the Week on March 26. 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.
IN THE PAC
UCLA will play a Pac-12 series in six of the next seven weekends to close the regular season. The Bruins will spend the next two weekends on the road, playing at No. 4 Arizona (April 13-15) and at Oregon State (April 20-22). The Bruins will play one non-conference game each Tuesday through the final seven weeks of the regular season. UCLA's remaining non-conference weekend series takes place May 5-6 at home versus No. 19 Purdue.
NEWS AND NOTES
UCLA compiled a 12-game winning streak earlier this season, the program's longest such streak since opening the 2010 season with 22 consecutive victories ... through games played Sunday, April 8, UCLA ranks No. 19 in the nation in batting average (.311) and No. 14 in on-base percentage (.402) ... likewise, the Bruins' pitching staff ranks No. 64 in ERA (3.51) and No. 16 in hits allowed per nine innings (7.64).
UCLA was selected fourth in the Pac-12's preseason coaches' poll. Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State earned the top three spots, respectively. The remaining seven teams include (in order) Oregon State, California, Oregon, USC, Washington State, Washington and Utah. UCLA has finished no lower than third place in the Pac-12 Conference since 2005. The Bruins won the Pac-10 title in outright fashion in 2011 for the first time since 1986.
In conference games since 2006, UCLA ranks second in wins (99) and win percentage (.604). Through games played on Sunday, April 8, the Bruins rank fourth in total wins (233) and win percentage (.597). UCLA won the Pac-10 Conference title in outright fashion in 2011 for the first time since 1986 (three-way tie in 2000). The Bruins finished second in 2010 and earned a third-place finish from 2006 through 2009.