Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:34

No. 12 Bruins Continue Homestand Against Pepperdine

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

UCLA hosts Pepperdine for its first midweek game of the season at 6 p.m. PT.

 

Game Notes

 

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES -The 12th-ranked UCLA Bruins will continue its seven-game homestand to begin the 2018 season on Tuesday when it hosts Pepperdine at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 6 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on UCLABruins.com with Tim Wilhelm on the call.

 

Probable Starters

Tuesday, Feb. 20 - 6 p.m. PT

UCLA - Ryan Garcia, RHP, So. (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pepperdine - Cooper Chandler, RHP, Fr. (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

 

Weekend in Review

UCLA earned a series sweep of Portland to start off its 2018 campaign last weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

-       Game one saw Jake Bird toss six strong innings allowing one unearned run with six strikeouts while Kyle Cuellar drove in three runs in a 7-2 Opening Day win.

 

-       In game two, Jon Olsen threw seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters and Chase Strumpf went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in a 13-0 victory.

 

-       UCLA won the series finale 15-3 as Michael Toglia collected four hits including two doubles and a home run and Strumpf tallied five RBIs with two doubles.

 

Power Numbers

The UCLA offense put on a display in its opening weekend totaling 35 runs, 31 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits including four home runs. As a team, the Bruins hit .364 for the weekend and slugged just over .600 with a .500 on-base percentage. The 35 runs were the most by UCLA on an opening weekend since plating 43 runs against Hofstra in 2015.

 

Strumpf Named to Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week

Sophomore Chase Strumpf was named to Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week after his opening weekend performance. Strumpf went 7-for-10 with 10 RBIs and five runs scored. He accounted for 15 of UCLA's 35 runs over the weekend as he posted a 1.400 slugging percentage with four doubles and a home run. The second baseman ranks tops in the NCAA in doubles, second in RBIs and sixth in batting average.

 

NCAA Rankings

After the opening weekend in college baseball, the Bruins are ranked top-25 nationally in a number of categories:

-       On-Base Percentage (3rd, .500), Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (3rd, 1.00), Scoring (4th, 11.7), Doubles (5th, 12), Slugging Percentage (5th, .606), Batting Average (6th, .364), Runs (8th, 35), WHIP (12th, 0.81), ERA (13th, 1.33), Fielding Percentage (18th, .992).

 

Pac-12 Leaders

UCLA is ranked in the top-3 in the conference both individually and as a team in a number of categories:

-       As a team, UCLA is tops in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, RBIs and doubles. The Bruins are top-3 in batting average, ERA, opposing batting average, runs allowed, hits allowed and fielding percentage.

-       Individually, Chase Strumpf is top-3 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, and doubles. Daniel Amaral and Michael Toglia are tied for the lead in runs scored in the conference. Jon Olsen is also top-3 in the conference in innings pitched and strikeouts.

 

In The Polls

After a perfect 3-0 weekend, UCLA has either moved up the national rankings or have maintained its position. Baseball America has moved the Bruins up one spot to No. 12 in the country, while Collegiate Baseball pushed UCLA up three spots to No. 11 in the country. D1Baseball has the Bruins holding at No. 11 in the nation.

 

Olsen Named Preseason All-American

Junior right-handed pitcher Jon Olsen was named to the Preseason All-American third team by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Olsen was an All-Pac-12 selection last season after posting a 7-1 record with a 2.86 ERA. He totaled 80 strikeouts in 85.0 innings of work and held opponents to a .201 batting average. During conference play, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native finished with a perfect 6-0 record and a team-best 2.08 ERA.

 

Representing the Red, White, and Blue

Over the summer in 2017, head coach John Savage was the manager of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and right-handed pitcher Jon Olsen became the first Bruin to play for Team USA since James Kaprielian in 2014. Savage led the U.S. to a 15-5 record over the summer, including holding an 11-4 mark during international play. The United States won all three international series it competed in, including going 4-0 against Chinese Taipei and 3-2 versus both Cuba and Japan. Olsen finished the summer with a 1-0 record and a 2.67 ERA in six appearances for the red, white and blue. He also registered 15 strikeouts compared to just two walks.

 

Preseason Rankings

The Bruins were tabbed to finish third in the Preseason Pac-12 coaches poll. UCLA received 84 votes, behind favorite Oregon State and second place Stanford. Arizona came in fourth with 68 points, followed by California with 56 and Oregon with 51.

 

Baby Bruins

The Bruins welcome eight new players to Westwood for the 2018 season. The recruiting class was ranked No. 16 by Baseball America, marking the fourth consecutive year that UCLA has been tabbed in the top 25. The class was also tabbed No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball. It marks the 11th time in 13 years the Bruins have earned a top-20 ranking from Collegiate Baseball.

-       Garrett Mitchell, Sam Glick, and Chase Farrell were selected in the 2017 MLB draft in June.

 

-       Holden Powell was named to the All-West Coast League second team selection, while Zach Pettway was named an honorable mention over the summer. 

- Mitchell was named the Preseason Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 by Baseball America.

 

Scouting the Wave

Pepperdine finished opening weekend with a record of 2-2 against Louisiana Tech at home. The Wave won the first game in 11 innings, 3-2, and then won the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader, 1-0. Billy Cook leads the wave hitting .286 and slugging .429, while Duncan McKinnon and Jordan Qsar are tied for the team lead with two RBIs. Projected starting pitcher Cooper Chandler threw 3.1 innings vs. La Tech allowing two runs with one strikeout in the first game on Saturday.

 

Last Time Against Pepperdine

The last time these two teams met was in 2015 with UCLA taking both games played. In the first game played on March 10 at Pepperdine, freshman Griffin Canning threw six scoreless innings and struck out nine batters, while senior Chris Keck was responsible for four of the five runs scored as he went 2-for-3 with a home run, one run, and three RBIs. On May 6, UCLA earned a 10-2 win at home over Pepperdine with Trent Chatterton and Ty Moore each hitting home runs to lead the Bruins.

 

Positional Rankings

D1Baseball has ranked the top players in the country by position and a number of Bruins have made the positional rankings:

-       Michael Toglia - 1B - No. 9

-       Chase Strumpf - 2B - No. 13

-       Ryan Kreidler - SS - No. 23

-       Jon Olsen - SP - No. 33

-       Daniel Amaral - OF - No. 59

-       Kyle Molnar - SP - No. 70

-       Garrett Mitchell - OF - No. 81

 

Draft Stock

UCLA has several players that are ranked inside the top 100 MLB draft prospects in the country.

-       Kyle Molnar was named the No. 10 2018 draft prospect by Baseball America and No. 13 by D1Baseball in the Pac-12. He was also tabbed the No. 91 overall college draft prospect by D1Baseball.

 

-       Jon Olsen was pegged No. 14 by Baseball America and No. 16 by D1Baseball in the Pac-12 for 2018 draft prospects.

-       Daniel Amaral and Jake Bird were each named to D1Baseball's list of 2018 draft prospects in the Pac-12.

 

-       Bird was also named as one of the top college senior draft prospects by D1 Baseball and Baseball America.

-       Michael Toglia was tabbed the No. 1 draft prospect in the Pac-12 by D1Baseball for the 2019 MLB draft and No. 8 by Baseball America. He was also tabbed the 12th-highest prospect overall by D1Baseball.

 

-       In addition to Toglia, Chase Strumpf, Ryan Kreidler, Jeremy Ydens and Jack Stronach were on D1Baseball's top 2019 MLB draft prospects list.

 

2017 at a Glance

In 2017, UCLA made its ninth postseason in the last 12 seasons and second in the last three years after earning a berth into the Long Beach Regional and finished with an overall record of 30-27. The Bruins finished third in the Pac-12 with a record of 19-11 after earning a road sweep at crosstown rival USC and also taking two out of three at both Stanford and Oregon. The season came to a heartbreaking end in the regional after dropping a tough opening game to Texas, 3-2, and then being eliminated in a thrilling 13-inning affair, 3-2, to San Diego State.

 

UCLA continued its success on the mound as the team was ranked in the top-30 in the country in ERA, shutouts, hits allowed per nine innings and WHIP. The pitching staff was led by All-American and All-Pac-12 selection Griffin Canning and also All-Pac-12 team honoree Jon Olsen. Offensively, UCLA was led by All-Pac-12 selection Sean Bouchard and Freshman All-Americans Kyle Cuellar and Michael Toglia.

 

Looking Ahead

The Bruins will complete a seven-game homestand to begin the season this weekend when they host Baylor for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. PT at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

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