June 18, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - UCLA will play an elimination game against Florida State on Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park. Game time is 5 p.m. (PT)/7 p.m. (CT). The Bruins (48-15) lost to Arizona, 4-0, on Sunday evening, falling into the loser's bracket. Florida State defeated Stony Brook, 12-2, on Sunday to advance in the loser's bracket. The winner of Tuesday's game will have to beat Arizona on back-to-back days (Thursday and Friday) to advance to the CWS best-of-three championship series.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (Omaha, Neb.)
Tuesday, June 19 - 5 p.m. (PT) - TV: ESPN
UCLA - Zack Weiss, RHP, So. (3-2, 4.04)
FSU - Scott Sitz, RHP, Jr. (3-3, 3.99)
Thursday, June 21 - 2 p.m. (PT) - TV: ESPN2
UCLA or Florida State vs. Arizona
Friday, June 22 - 2 p.m. (PT) - TV: ESPN2
UCLA or Florida State vs. Arizona (game only will be played if Arizona loses on Thursday)
Sunday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 26
NCAA championship series (best-of-three)
LIVE AUDIO AVAILABLE (audio here) | UCLA Broadcast Schedule
UCLA will provide a live audio broadcasts of each game at the College World Series on uclabruins.com, free of charge, from TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. UCLA's John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm will have the call live from the second-year home of the College World Series. In addition, live stats of all College World Series games will be available through CBS College Sports.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
UCLA enters Tuesday's game against Florida State having won 20 of its last 23 games ... the Bruins have outscored their opposition by a 42-14 margin in seven NCAA postseason games this month ... UCLA saw its 10-game winning streak end on Sunday evening, losing to Pac-12 foe Arizona by a 4-0 margin ... UCLA was shut out for the second time this season Sunday and has gone 12-2 in games following a loss ... Kevin Kramer leads UCLA with a .435 batting average (10-for-23) in seven postseason games this month ... the Bruins' pitching staff has limited opponents to a 1.89 ERA and .189 batting average in the postseason ... UCLA has compiled the nation's top record in road/neutral site games, going 21-5 away from home this year ... the Bruins have advanced to the postseason in six of the last seven years (CWS in two of last three seasons) ... UCLA ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference in batting average (.307) and team ERA (3.11) ... the Bruins are ninth, nationally, with 134 wins in the last three seasons (ranks first among Pac-12 teams) ... UCLA is one of four schools to have hosted NCAA Regionals the last three years (Florida, South Carolina, Virginia).
UCLA has not played in a postseason elimination game since June 3, 2011. The Bruins went 1-1 that day at the 2011 NCAA Los Angeles Regional, defeating San Francisco, 4-1, in the afternoon before losing the regional final to UC Irvine that evening, 4-3. UCLA's 2010 team that advanced to the College World Series never fell into a loser's bracket, in neither the NCAA Los Angeles Regional nor the College World Series' opening round.
UCLA returns to the College World Series after having lost to South Carolina in the 2010 CWS championship series. Seven players who contributed on that squad are back this June (Beau Amaral, Trevor Brown, Jeff Gelalich, Scott Griggs, Tyler Heineman, Cody Keefer, Cody Regis). Six of those players saw action in the 2010 CWS. The Bruins have compiled a 4-8 all-time record at the College World Series, securing their first wins at the year-end tournament in 2010.
The Bruins have posted a 48-15 record this season, including a 9-1 win over Stony Brook last Friday and a 4-0 loss to Arizona on Sunday night. UCLA has totaled at least 40 wins for the second time in three seasons and for the eighth time in program history. The Bruins have won at least 40 games in each of their three previous College World Series seasons (1969, 1997, 2010). Prior to 2010, UCLA had not recorded 40 or more wins since going 45-21-1 in 1997. The Bruins have only reached the 50-win plateau in 2010 (went 51-17).
Sophomore right-hander Zack Weiss has not pitched since earning the victory in UCLA's regional-clinching 13-5 win against Creighton on Sunday, June 3, at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. Weiss allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings against the Bluejays, picking up his first victory since April 15 at Arizona. Weiss allowed three runs and six hits against UC Irvine in an elimination game (regional final) at UCLA in the Bruins' final game of the 2011 season.
Freshman right-hander David Berg has moved into sole possession of third place on the NCAA Division I all-time single-season appearances list (49). He leads the Pac-12 with a 1.51 ERA and .165 opposing batting average, having pitched 71.2 innings in relief. Berg has pitched in 24 of UCLA's last 25 games. Through UCLA's last 11 games, Berg has compiled a 15.2 scoreless inning streak in 10 appearances (19 strikeouts, three walks, six hits allowed). He has totaled 11.1 scoreless frames and a .108 opposing batting average in six appearances in the postseason.
PLUTKO'S RECORD WINS
Adam Plutko has joined former UCLA standout Trevor Bauer as the only pitchers in program history to have earned at least four career postseason victories. Plutko has gone 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA in four postseason starts (30.2 innings). The right-hander from Upland, Calif., has gone 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three postseason starts this month. Bauer went 4-0 in five career postseason starts, totaling two wins at the 2010 College World Series. Plutko has won each of his last seven starts, posting a 7-0 record and 0.89 ERA with a .180 opposing batting average (50.2 innings).
UCLA'S RECORD IN OMAHA
In two trips to the College World Series under head coach John Savage, UCLA has gone 4-4. The Bruins went 3-3 in 2010, advancing to the championship series of the CWS for the first time in program history. In four total trips to the College World Series, the Bruins have compiled a 4-8 record. UCLA went 0-2 at the College World Series in 1969 and 1997. John Savage is the only head coach in program history to have led UCLA to Omaha twice.
Since the start 2010, UCLA has gone 57-24 in all road and neutral site contests. This year, the Bruins have gone 21-4 away from home, posting an 11-4 mark in Pac-12 road 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. UCLA has gone 31-11 in Pac-12 road games since 2010. In addition, the Bruins have logged five Pac-12 road sweeps in the last three years.