Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA Baseball team will play its final midweek game of the year this Tuesday, traveling down the 405 freeway to Orange County to face the UC Irvine Anteaters at 6:30 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark on the UC Irvine campus.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday, May 13 - 6:30 p.m.
UCLA – Grant Dyer, RHP, Fr. (6-4, 3.55)
UCI – Evan Manarino, LHP, Jr. (3-3, 2.93)
UCLA VS. UC IRVINE
UCLA leads the all-time series 50-28-1 over the Anteaters while head coach John Savage has posted a record of 16-7 against UC Irvine in his time at UCLA. Savage began his head coaching career at UC Irvine, coaching there for three seasons while leading the Anteaters to the 2004 Midwest Regional. The Bruins have won the last five meetings in the series and seven of the last 10, sweeping UC Irvine in the season series in both 2012 and 2013.
Tomorrow’s game at UC Irvine will also feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from Anteater Ballpark. Fans can also follow the game online through a live stats link, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates on uclabruins.com. Links can be found on the front page of uclabruins.com on the events calendar or on the 2014 UCLA Baseball schedule page.
TAKING THE MOUND
Freshman right-hander Grant Dyer will once again take the mound for the Bruins tomorrow night against the Anteaters. In 10 midweek starts this season, he is 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA and 28 strikeouts. Overall, Dyer has posted a 6-4 record with a 3.55 ERA in 23 appearances. His six wins are tied with James Kaprielian for first on the team and rank eighth in the Pac-12. In his last seven starts, Dyer is 4-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched. In high school, Dyer was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Dana Hills High School in Laguna Niguel, Calif., posting a 6-4 record as a senior in 2013. He also logged a 1.24 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched, all while holding opponents to a .208 batting average against him. Additionally, Dyer tossed four complete games and walked only eight batters during his senior season.
UCLA has won 23 of its last 32 midweek games dating back to the 2012 season. The Bruins went 7-4 in midweek games last season, defeating UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine on the road and Hawai’i, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine at home. This season, UCLA is 5-4-1 in midweek games, winning games against Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount twice. In addition, the Bruins are 22-11-1 in their last 34 games against Big West opponents. UCLA posted a perfect 9-0 record against Big West Conference foes in 2012.
PLAYING FROM AHEAD
In the last two seasons, UCLA has done a tremendous job of getting an early lead and then not relinquishing that lead. The Bruins are a combined 44-16-1 when they score first in the last two seasons and since the start of 2013 are 60-2 when leading after the seventh inning. Additionally, UCLA has a record of 27-8 in the last two seasons when scoring in the first inning.
UCLA has finished among the top three in the Pac-12 Conference in each of the last eight seasons (2006-2013), the only Pac-12 team to have done so. Under John Savage, UCLA finished third from 2006 through 2009, before finishing second in 2010 and winning the confernece title in 2011 and 2012. Last season, UCLA finished third with a 21-9 Pac-12 record. Never before in school history has UCLA enjoyed an eight-year span with as many top finishes in the standings.
This season, UCLA has enjoyed more national exposure than ever with 19 televised games between the Pac-12 Networks and ESPN. UCLA has made 12 appearances already on the Pac-12 Networks and will make 17 total appearances on the Pac-12 Networks this year. The Bruins have already appeared twice on ESPNU this season. In total, eight of the 19 TV appearances will come at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Since the start of 2010, UCLA has gone 90-42-1 in all road and neutral site contests, good for a .677 winning percentage. The Bruins have also gone 46-23 in Pac-12 road games since 2010. In the last three seasons, UCLA has gone 45-20-1 on the road and 10-2 in neutral site games. The Bruins have logged six Pac-12 road sweeps in the last four years (2010 at Washington, California; 2011 at Oregon; 2012 at Washington, Utah; 2013 at USC; 2014 at California) and one non-conference road sweep (2012 at Georgia). The Bruins are currently 9-8-1 on the road this season.
TAKING THE HITS
UCLA has done a remarkable job this season of reaching base via the hit by pitch. Overall, UCLA hitters have been hit 72 times in 49 games thus far, which ranks third in the Pac-12. Sophomore Ty Moore leads the Bruins individually with 13 hit by pitches, which is also good for fourth-most in the conference. Sophomore Christoph Bono and senior Brian Carroll are right behind Moore with 11 and 10 hit by pitches respectively. UCLA has had a batter get hit by a pitch in 24 of its last 29 games and has had a total of 46 batters get hit by a pitch in those 29 games. Last season, the Bruins drew 82 hit by pitches, the most in the Pac-12 Conference.
BEHIND THE PLATE
Junior catcher Shane Zeile has continued to hit the ball well during the 2014 season. The Valencia, Calif. native leads the Bruins and ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with a .335 batting average. Zeile, who was named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, given out to the nation’s top collegiate catcher, has also logged a team-high 19 multi-hit games while leading UCLA with 63 total hits and a .407 on-base percentage (11th-best in the Pac-12). His 63 hits rank second in the Pac-12 and he has also reached base safely 29 of his last 33 games. Additionally, Zeile is hitting .320 in his last 19 games and is batting a team-leading .316 with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in conference play. Behind the plate, Zeile has thrown out 17 attempted base stealers, the most in the Pac-12 Conference.
SWINGING THE BATS
Several Bruins have been swinging the bat well in Pac-12 play this season. In addition to Shane Zeile hitting a team-high .316, sophomores Trent Chatterton and Ty Moore are hitting .313 and .289 respectively in conference play. Moore has scored a team-leading 18 runs in Pac-12 games, logging 10 RBI and a team-high .456 slugging percentage as well, while Chatterton has scored 11 runs and driven in seven. Chatterton also leads the Bruins with a .389 on-base percentage in conference games only and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games overall. Additionally, Chatterton is batting .328 in his last 18 games, logging at least one hit in 15 of them. Senior Kevin Williams has hit the ball with power in Pac-12 play, slugging .446 with two home runs and 19 RBI. Overall, Williams is tied with Moore for the team lead in RBI with 23.
In conference games since 2006, UCLA ranks third in wins (142) and win percentage (.602), trailing only Arizona State and Oregon State. The Bruins are third in total wins (332) and overall win percentage (.615) among Pac-12 teams. UCLA and Arizona split the 2012 Pac-12 title, and UCLA won the 2011 Pac-10 championship in outright fashion for the first time since 1986. In 2013, UCLA won the first NCAA title in program history.
Junior closer David Berg has enjoyed as fine a career as any reliever in the history of college baseball. In three seasons, Berg has made a school record 127 appearances, breaking the previous mark of 119 set by Bill Wenrick from 1984-87, and has posted a 15-4 record with a 1.26 ERA. Berg also owns the NCAA single-season record for saves with 24 in 2013 and tied the NCAA record for most appearances in a season with 51 last year. Additionally, he became the first reliever in conference history to win Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year last season and was UCLA’s first recipient of the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, given out to the nation’s top relief pitcher. Berg was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the second time in his career in 2013, making him just the 25th UCLA player all-time to receive all-conference acclaim at least twice. In addition, he finished second in the country in both WHIP (0.85) and ERA last year. Berg is the only pitcher in UCLA history to lead the conference in ERA in back-to-back seasons and is UCLA’s all-time record holder for most postseason appearances (17), postseason saves (6) and career saves (34). This season, Berg has thrown 40.1 innings in 26 appearances, all while logging a 3-1 record, nine saves and a 1.56 ERA. Berg has also won 11 of his last 12 decisions dating back to 2012 and his nine saves are the fourth-most in the conference. In addition, Berg has been named to the 2014 watch lists for both the National Pitcher of the Year and NCBWA Stopper of the Year.
HEAD COACH JOHN SAVAGE
Head coach John Savage was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the ABCA and Perfect Game USA. By guiding the Bruins to their second straight College World Series last year, Savage became one of just 10 coaches all-time from the Pac-12 to lead their teams to back-to-back College World Series appearances. Additionally, Savage is one of just five coaches in college baseball history to have led his team to one CWS championship, produced a No. 1 MLB Draft pick and coached a Golden Spikes Award winner. Savage helped UCLA post an overall 49-17 record in 2013, marking the second-highest single-season win total in school history, and is UCLA’s all-time winningest postseason manager with 32 postseason victories. UCLA also matched a school record with 21 conference victories in 2013. Finally, Savage has guided the Bruins to the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons and has a winning percentage of .682 since 2010.
UCLA’s pitching staff has picked up right where it left off in 2013 as the Bruins continue to string together great performances on the mound this season. UCLA as a team is holding opponents to a .242 batting average, the fourth-lowest in the conference. The Bruins have also allowed the fourth-fewest walks (140) in the Pac-12 and own the third-lowest ERA (3.36) and third-most strikeouts (345). Additionally, UCLA’s bullpen has posted an ERA of 3.26 in 49 games this season while holding opponents to a .235 batting average. UCLA’s starting pitchers have posted an ERA of 3.41. In addition, junior Max Schuh leads the Pac-12 conference and is fourth in the nation with 32 appearances out of the bullpen while freshman Nick Kern is right behind him with 30. The Bruins have also allowed three runs or less to the opposition in 26 of their 49 games this season and in the last two seasons are 61-6 when holding the opposing team to three runs or fewer.
The Bruins traveled up to Corvallis this past weekend for a three-game set against No. 2 Oregon State. UCLA dropped all three games to the Beavers, losing by scores of 4-2, 9-3 and 11-2 respectively. Sophomore James Kaprielian was outdueled by Oregon State’s Ben Wetzler in the opener on Friday night, taking a tough loss despite pitching 7.2 innings. Sophomore Christoph Bono led the Bruins at the plate with two hits in the game while sophomore Ty Moore went 1-4 with two RBI. UCLA then lost Saturday’s game, 9-3, before dropping the finale, 11-2. Sophomore Justin Hazard and junior Shane Zeile led the Bruins on Saturday with two hits and a RBI apiece while freshman Nick Kern drove in both runs for UCLA on Sunday.