April 28, 2011
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LOS ANGELES - The No. 24 UCLA baseball team hosts a three-game Pac-10 series against No. 3 Oregon State this weekend at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (22-14, 10-5) will send right-hander Gerrit Cole to the mound on Friday against the Beavers (30-8, 10-2).
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday, April 29 - 6 p.m. (GameTracker)
Oregon State - Sam Gaviglio, RHP, Jr. (7-1, 1.68)
UCLA - Gerrit Cole, RHP, Jr. (4-4, 2.78)
Saturday, April 30 - 2 p.m. (GameTracker)
Oregon State - Josh Osich, LHP, R-Jr. (5-1, 3.30)
UCLA - Trevor Bauer, RHP, Jr. (8-1, 1.42)
Sunday, May 1 - 1 p.m. (GameTracker)
Oregon State - TBA
UCLA - Adam Plutko, RHP, Fr. (2-3, 1.69)
LISTEN LIVE ONLINE (click here)
UCLA's games against Oregon State will feature a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com. Listen live as UCLA's John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm call the game from Jackie Robinson Stadium. In addition, fans can follow the action online through GameTracker, which provides pitch-by-pitch updates of the game in progress on uclabruins.com.
STANDINGS AT A GLANCE
Oregon State enters this weekend in first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 10-2 league record. The Beavers own a one-half game lead over second-place Arizona State (11-4). UCLA is currently in third place at 10-5, trailing OSU by 1.5 games. California (9-6), USC (8-7) and Stanford (5-7), round out the conference's top six teams, respectively.
GETTING TO JACKIE ROBINSON STADIUM
Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is located on the grounds of the West L.A. Veteran Administration, north of Wilshire Blvd. and west of the 405 Freeway. From the 405 North, exit Wilshire Blvd. (west offramp), stay in the right lane coming down the offramp and turn right onto Sepulveda Blvd. Continue until Constitution Ave. and turn left. Parking lots for the ballpark are located on the north side of Constitution Ave.
TICKETS AND PARKING
Tickets to this weekend's games against Oregon State cost $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 16 and under). Parking on the VA grounds costs $7. UCLA's baseball concession stand is stocked with hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, chili, sodas and much more classic ballpark food.
SERIES AGAINST OREGON STATE
UCLA kicks off a three-game Pac-10 series against Oregon State on Friday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Last season, the Bruins dropped the series opener in Corvallis, Ore., before rebounding with a 3-1 win in 16 innings on Saturday and an 8-2 victory on Sunday to secure a Pac-10 series victory. UCLA has won each of the last two season series against Oregon State. The Beavers enter this weekend's Pac-10 series ranking fifth in the conference in batting average and third in team ERA.
Junior right-hander Trevor Bauer leads all Pac-10 pitchers in strikeouts (127), innings (82.2), wins (8) and opponent batting average (.145) and ranks second in ERA (1.42). Bauer has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors four times this season, including each of the last three weeks. He has thrown a complete game to earn the victory in each of his last three starts, all in Pac-10 play, and earned the victory in his last seven starts. He has twice logged a career-high 17 strikeouts this spring, notching at least 10 in nine of his 10 starts.
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
The Bruins dropped two of three games at Stanford last weekend, the team's first losing weekend since going 1-2 at the Dodgertown Classic (March 11-13). UCLA had won its previous four weekend series, all in Pac-10 play. In Saturday's series finale, the Bruins' let a 4-1 lead slip away with two outs in the ninth as Stanford rallied with four runs. Cody Keefer went 6-for-12 with four doubles and three runs in the series at Stanford. The Bruins dropped a 7-4 decision on Thursday, surrendering a season-high three home runs.
Sophomore outfielder Cody Keefer has batted .474 with four doubles in UCLA's last five games. Keefer had two doubles in each of the Bruins' final two games at Stanford, going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI in a 4-1 victory on Friday evening. He went 2-for-4 in Saturday's series finale, scoring one run. The resident of Davis, Calif. has batted .307 with nine doubles, one triple, nine RBI and 18 runs in 35 starts (all in left field).
Sophomore outfielder Beau Amaral leads UCLA with a .313 batting average and has recorded a 13-game hitting streak. He has totaled a team-high 11 doubles and is third on the team with 18 RBI. Among the team's hottest hitters over the last month, he leads UCLA in Pac-10 games with a .370 batting average (fifth-highest in the Pac-10), having gone 20-for-54 with 10 runs and 11 RBI in conference action.
UCLA's pitching staff has posted a 2.35 ERA, the lowest mark among Pac-10 teams. The Bruins also lead the Pac-10 with 366 strikeouts and a .191 opponent batting average. UCLA's pitchers are atop the conference in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.04). The Bruins have hurled seven shutouts and limited the opposition to five hits or fewer in 18 of 36 games this season.
UCLA has thrown seven shutouts through its first 36 games, the most for a Bruins' ballclub since 1978. In comparison, UCLA's vaunted pitching staff hurled just one shutout last spring. Since 1967, UCLA has pitched seven or more shutouts in four seasons. The Bruins' 1969 team hurled a school-record 10 shutouts.
THE COLE FILE
Junior right-hander Gerrit Cole has started each of UCLA's series-opening games this season, going 4-4 with a 2.78 ERA and three complete games. Cole pitched complete games to earn the victory on back-to-back starts against Washington (April 1) and at Washington State (April 8). He has collected 76 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 71.1 innings, compiling a 0.88 WHIP as a junior this spring.
Trevor Bauer has become UCLA's career leader in strikeouts (387) and wins (29), posting a career 29-7 record (27-4 all-time as a starter). His 387 strikeouts is fourth all-time among Pac-10 pitchers. He ranks fourth on UCLA's career innings list (319.1), standing 21.2 innings shy of tying Alex Sanchez's all-time innings pitched record.
UCLA's offense has batted at a .321 clip through its last nine games and has posted a .293 batting average through the last 20 contests. Pat Valaika leads UCLA with a .423 batting average through the last nine games, going 11-for-26 with three doubles, one home run and eight runs. Cody Keefer has batted .412 in the last nine contests, totaling one triple, five doubles and nine runs. Cody Regis leads UCLA with a .362 average in their last 20 games, while Beau Amaral has hit .361 in that span with 14 runs and 14 RBI.
Sophomore Cody Regis had a career-long 15-game hitting streak come to an end on April 23 at Stanford. During that streak, Regis batted .370 with three doubles, one triple and one home run. Regis has hit safely in 20 of UCLA's last 22 games, drawing a walk in each of his hitless outings. Amaral has currently compiled a season-long 13-game hitting streak, posting a .388 batting average in that span. No Bruin has recorded a hitting streak longer than 16 games since 2005, when Chris Jensen hit in 18 straight contests.
In his seventh season as UCLA's head coach, John Savage has picked up two milestone victories this spring. Savage earned career win No. 200 at UCLA on March 12 (vs. Saint Mary's). In a 14-6 victory over San Diego State on April 19, he collected career victory No. 300. Savage accrued 88 wins in three seasons as UC Irvine's head coach (2002-2004) and has logged 214 wins midway through his seventh year at UCLA.
Junior catcher Steve Rodriguez has thrown out 15 of 29 attempted base stealers this spring, including six of 11 attempts in Pac-10 action. Rodriguez is converting on the basepaths at a 51.7 percent clip, highest among Pac-10 catchers who have had at least 20 attempts against. In addition, Rodriguez is batting .258 with five doubles and 13 RBI, including a .326 batting average in Pac-10 play this season.
NEWS AND NOTES
UCLA's weekend starters (Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer, Adam Plutko) have logged 258 strikeouts in 218 innings, averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings ... that trio has posted a 1.94 ERA, limiting the opposition to 7.7 hits and walks allowed per nine innings (WHIP) ... first baseman Dean Espy is the only Bruin to have played all 36 games ... second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla is unable to play, pending the resolution of an academic issue.
POWER OF THE PAC
Five Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in one of the five college baseball polls. UCLA checks in at No. 24 in Baseball America, with its highest ranking coming from Collegiate Baseball (No. 13). Baseball America's poll features five Pac-10 teams, including Oregon State (3), Arizona State (8), California (20), Stanford (21) and UCLA (24). Last season, a record eight Pac-10 teams advanced to NCAA Regionals, the highest percentage of teams to advance from one conference in the sport's history.
2010 IN REVIEW
UCLA advanced to the finals of the College World Series in 2010 for the first time ever. The Bruins earned their third trip to the College World Series (first since 1997), defeating Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA Super Regional. UCLA's 51 wins and 43 regular-season victories established school records. The pitching staff led the nation with 700 strikeouts, (school and Pac-10 record) after the Bruins opened with a program-best 22-game win streak. UCLA hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time since 1986 (first-ever Super Regional host).
In conference games over the last five-plus seasons (2006-11), UCLA ranks second in both wins (83) and winning percentage (.593). Overall, the Bruins are tied for third in total wins (199, with Arizona) and are fourth in winning percentage (.587). UCLA finished second in the Pac-10 in 2010, after having posted a third-place finish the previous four years. The Bruins have advanced to the postseason in four of the last five seasons.