Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:45

Bruin Baseball Travels To CSU Fullerton

Written by  Official UCLA Press Release

No. 11 Bruins Travel to Cal State Fullerton, Host NC Dinos

UCLA will play its first road game of the season at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday.

 

Game Notes

 

UCLA Baseball Walk OffLOS ANGELES -The 11th-ranked UCLA baseball team will play its first road game of the 2018 season on Tuesday when it travels to Cal State Fullerton for a midweek game at Goodwin Field at 6 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on UCLABruins.com with Tim Wilhelm on the call. UCLA will also host the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization in an exhibition game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (PT) at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Wednesday's game against NC Dinos will be free of admission.

Probably Starters

Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 6 p.m. PT

UCLA - Ryan Garcia, RHP, So. (0-0, 1.17 ERA)

Cal State Fullerton - Gavin Velasquez, RHP, Jr. (0-1, 3.18 ERA))

 

Weekend in Review

UCLA earned its second series win of the season over the weekend as the Bruins won two out of three games from the visiting Baylor Bears at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

  

-       Game one saw the Bruins use a four-run eighth inning rally to earn a 5-2 win. Michael Toglia collected three hits, drove in two runs and scored once, while Chase Strumpf also recorded two RBIs.

 

-       In game two, Jeremy Ydens drove in two runs and scored once, while Daniel Amaral hit a home run but UCLA dropped its first game of the season, 8-6, to Baylor.

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n the series finale, freshman Zach Pettway tossed eight shutout innings without allowing a walk and struck out six batters, while Jeremy Ydens, Jake Pries, and Daniel Amaral each drove in a run for a 3-0 win.

 

Toglia and Strumpf Set the Pace

Sophomores Michael Toglia and Chase Strumpf are leading the offense for the Bruins in the early part of the season. Both are hitting over .420 through seven games with 11 hits and have combined to drive in or score 35 of UCLA's 51 runs this season. The Infielders are also slugging over .700 for the season with one home run each.

 

Amaral Running Away with It

Through seven games this season, Daniel Amaral already ranks tops in the Pac-12 conference and 36h in the NCAA with four stolen bases. His effort on the base paths has been rewarded as the junior outfielder ranks tied for sixth in the Pac-12 and 58th in the country with nine runs scored.

 

NCAA Rankings

After the first two weekends of the college baseball season, the Bruins are ranked top-25 nationally in a number of categories:

-       Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (4th, 2.00), Shutouts (5th, 2), ERA (8th, 1.86), Doubles (17th, 19), Fielding Percentage (10th, .989), WHIP (11th, 0.95), On-Base Percentage (13th, .441), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (16th, 4.07), Sacrifice Flies (25th, 5).

 

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 doubles, walks, ERA, runs allowed and walks allowed. The Bruins are top-3 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, RBIs, opposing batting average, and fielding percentage.

-       Individually, Chase Strumpf leads the Pac-12 in doubles, while also top-10 in batting average, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Michael Toglia is in the top-10 in the conference for batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, and walks. Daniel Amaral is tied for the lead in stolen bases and top-10 in on-base percentage and runs scored.

 

In The Polls

After earning its second series win of the season, UCLA has once again climbed the national rankings. Baseball America has moved the Bruins up one spot to No. 11 in the country, while Collegiate Baseball pushed UCLA up two spots to No. 9 in the country. D1Baseball has the Bruins holding at No. 11 in the nation.

 

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 currently ranks eighth in the NCAA in doubles and 20th in RBIs.

 

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.

 

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 Titans

Cal State Fullerton comes into the weekend having dropped its first two weekend series of the season at Stanford and hosting Houston. The Titans picked up their first win of the season in the series opener against Houston on Friday with a 2-1 victory in the 15th inning. Ruban Cardenas leads Cal State Fullerton hitting .323 with a team-best four RBIs and .a 452 slugging percentage. Sahid Valenzuela is second on the team with eight hits and three RBIs. Projected starter Gavin Velasquez has made three appearances this season and has a 0-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 innings.

 

Last Time Against Cal State Fullerton

UCLA and Cal State Fullerton split a pair of midweek games last season with the home team winning both games. On March 28 at Jackie Robinson Stadium, UCLA won 9-7 as the Bruins fell behind 5-1 before scoring eight runs in the fourth inning. Sean Bouchard went 3-for-4 while Brett Stephens drove in three runs. On May 9, the Bruins fell 4-3 as Bouchard went 3-for-4 with an RBI-double and Stephens collected a pair of hits.

 

The Bruins vs. the Titans

UCLA has faced Cal State Fullerton 105 times, with the Bruins trailing the all-time series 35-68-2, including a 30-59-2 mark since the Titans moved up to Division I. At Goodwin Field, UCLA is 3-3 in its last six games. Under head coach John Savage, UCLA is 12-27 against the Titans. Current Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook was an assistant coach for the Bruins from 2009-11 under John Savage.

 

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 D1Baseball 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 travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the DQ Classic/Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge over the weekend to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium. UCLA will face Illinois on Friday at 9 a.m. PT, Michigan State on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT and will conclude the weekend against host Minnesota on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT.

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