Husker Baseball Faces A Tough Test Against Unbeaten UCLA

The Husker baseball team faces a tough challenge this week as they head to California to take on the UCLA Bruins. UCLA has started the season at 6-0, their best start since 1997. They've played nearly perfect ball already this season,  with wins over Southern, Bethune Cookman, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Vanderbilt, and USC. 

As a team the Bruins are hitting .379 while holding their opponents to .188. They've outscored their opponents 65-14 over those six games and they have 11 players hitting over .300. It's early in the season and people in the know are starting to take notice that UCLA may be a special team this season

Bruin pitching is awesome good. Gerrit Cole was a first-round draft selection in 2008 by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to play college ball. He and Trevor Bauer played for Team USA last summer, and both were All Pac-10 Conference in 2009. If that ain't enough, Bauer collected last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. Lefty Rob Rasmussen played well enough in the Cape Cod League this summer to get a start in the league's All-Star Game, but struggled in his first start this season

The good news for Nebraska is that it looks like Mike Anderson has already found a weekend starter in Tom Lemke, but the bad news is that the team's 5.78 ERA is second to last in the Big 12 already this season. Mike Nesseth has struggled early this season when he was expected to provide some veteran leadership as a closer. 

The Husker offense has struggled as well. DJ Belfonte already has 14 hits early in the season, and Boomer Collins has four stolen bases on four attempts, the Huskers have (as they did last year) struggled with timely hitting. 

The best news is - none of these things matter right now. What matters is this team continues to work hard, get their pitching settled and their lineups straightened out so they're ready for that trip to Austin, TX to start Big12 play. 

UCLA Pitching Statistics: 

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO AB B/Avg
33 Goeddel, Erik.... 0.00 2-0 3 0 0 0/0 0 7.2 7 1 0 3 8 27 0.259
23 Klein, Dan....... 0.00 0-0 5 0 0 0/0 1 5.1 1 0 0 0 9 16 0.063
31 Grace, Matt...... 0.00 0-0 4 0 0 0/0 0 3.2 1 0 0 1 6 12 0.083
41 Lodge, Brandon... 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0.200
35 Beacom, Mitchell. 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.000
38 Claypool, Garett. 1.12 1-0 2 1 0 0/0 0 8.0 6 1 1 1 6 28 0.214
12 Cole, Gerrit..... 3.27 2-0 2 2 0 0/0 0 11.0 5 4 4 2 17 36 0.139
47 Bauer, Trevor.... 3.38 1-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 8.0 4 3 3 2 13 27 0.148
27 Rasmussen, Rob... 5.40 0-0 2 2 0 0/0 0 8.1 10 5 5 7 13 32 0.313
                               
Totals.............. 2.17 6-0 6 6 0 0/0 1 54.0 35 14 13 16 75 186 0.188

Husker Pitching Statistics: 

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO AB B/Avg
                               
Lemke, Tom.......... 0.84 2-0 2 2 0 0/0 0 10.2 9 1 1 3 7 38 0.237
Hauptman, Casey..... 2.79 0-1 3 0 0 0/0 0 9.2 10 3 3 1 9 38 0.263
Yost, Sean.......... 4.66 1-0 2 2 0 0/0 0 9.2 12 5 5 3 6 42 0.286
Mariot, Michael..... 7.20 0-1 2 2 0 0/0 0 10 14 8 8 4 7 40 0.350
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Adams, Chase........ 0.00 0-0 3 0 0 0/0 0 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.250
Bublitz, Luke....... 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.250
Hughes, Ryan........ 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.000
Roualdes, Jordan.... 2.84 0-0 3 0 0 0/0 0 6.1 8 4 2 1 6 25 0.320
Giller, Kurt........ 6.75 0-0 3 0 0 0/0 1 5.1 8 4 4 1 2 22 0.364
Nesseth, Mike....... 18.00 0-2 3 0 0 0/0 0 4 8 8 8 5 2 18 0.444
Niederklein, Tyler.. 18.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 0.250
Tate, Khris......... 20.25 0-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 1.1 0 3 3 3 1 4 0.000
Hander, Ryan........ 36.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1 3 4 4 1 1 6 0.500
                               
Totals......... 5.78 3-4 7 7 0 0/0 1 62.1 75 42 40 26 44 248 0.302

UCLA Batting Statistics: 

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO OB% SB-ATT E FLD%
14 Espy, Dean....... 0.500 6-2 10 6 5 0 0 2 7 11 1.100 0 0 1 .455 0-0 0 1.000
24 Krill, Brett..... 0.474 5-5 19 6 9 4 0 0 5 13 0.684 0 1 2 .500 1-1 0 1.000
25 Amaral, Beau..... 0.421 6-4 19 6 8 0 0 1 4 11 0.579 2 1 6 .500 0-1 0 1.000
18 Regis, Cody...... 0.412 6-5 17 5 7 2 0 0 5 9 0.529 3 0 3 .500 2-2 1 .917
5 Rahmatulla, Tyler 0.409 6-6 22 5 9 2 0 0 5 11 0.500 6 1 3 .533 1-4 0 1.000
7 Keefer, Cody..... 0.400 6-6 20 7 8 2 0 0 4 10 0.500 8 0 2 .571 0-1 0 1.000
15 Uribe, Justin.... 0.389 6-5 18 3 7 1 0 0 4 8 0.444 4 2 1 .520 1-1 2 .956
9 Dunlap, Blair.... 0.357 5-4 14 5 5 1 0 1 3 9 0.643 2 0 1 .438 0-0 0 .000
30 Navarro, Marc.... 0.357 6-3 14 2 5 0 0 1 5 8 0.571 1 1 3 .412 2-2 0 .000
3 Rodriguez, Steve. 0.350 6-6 20 9 7 1 1 4 8 22 1.100 2 2 1 .458 0-0 0 1.000
2 Gallego, Niko.... 0.333 6-6 24 6 8 2 1 2 9 18 0.750 0 1 4 .346 0-0 0 1.000
21 Giovinazzo, Chris 0.200 5-2 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.200 1 1 2 .333 0-0 0 1.000
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17 Holt, Dennis..... 1 0.000 1-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 .000 0-0 0 1.000
1 Williams, Adrian. 0.000 3-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 1 .000 0-0 1 .750
32 Heineman, Tyler.. 0.000 2-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 .000 0-0 0 1.000
20 Gelalich, Jeff... 0.000 4-0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 1 1 1 .667 0-0 0 .000
11 Brown, Trevor.... 0.000 2-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 1 0 0 .500 0-0 0 .000
                                     
Totals.............. 0.379 6-6 214 65 81 15 2 11 60 133 0.621 31 11 31 .471 7-12 5

Husker Batting Statistics:

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO OB% SB-ATT E FLD%
Belfonte, DJ........ 0.467 7-7 30 6 14 1 1 0 7 17 0.567 3 3 2 0.541 3-4 1 0.938
Bailey, Adam........ 0.419 7-7 31 8 13 2 0 1 5 18 0.581 2 0 6 0.455 1-2 0 1.000
Bubak, Kyle......... 0.286 7-7 28 4 8 2 0 0 5 10 0.357 4 1 6 0.382 0-1 0 1.000
Asche, Cody......... 0.286 5-5 21 4 6 1 0 0 3 7 0.333 3 0 8 0.375 1-2 1 0.875
Farst, Tyler........ 0.200 7-7 30 4 6 0 0 1 5 9 0.300 1 0 7 0.219 0-0 0 1.000
Collins, Boomer..... 0.190 7-6 21 5 4 0 0 0 2 4 0.190 8 0 4 0.414 4-4 0 1.000
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Scheffert, Josh..... 0.375 5-4 16 2 6 1 0 0 6 7 0.438 3 0 4 0.474 0-0 0 1.000
Tolentino, Patric... 0.313 5-5 16 2 5 1 0 0 2 6 0.375 1 2 4 0.421 0-0 0 1.000
Burleson, Cory...... 0.273 4-3 11 5 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.273 4 0 4 0.467 1-1 0 1.000
Kiser, Kale......... 0.267 6-4 15 6 4 2 0 0 1 6 0.400 4 1 0 0.450 0-1 1 0.941
Thompson, Cade...... 0.250 3-2 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0.250 2 0 3 0.400 0-0 0 1.000
Cooper, Khiry....... 0.222 4-2 9 0 2 1 0 0 2 3 0.333 0 0 2 0.222 1-1 0 1.000
Christensen, Chad... 0.200 2-1 5 2 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.800 0 0 3 0.167 0-0 0 1.000
Peters, Bryan....... 0.091 6-3 11 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.182 1 1 3 0.231 0-0 0 1.000
                                     
Totals.............. 0.298 7-7 252 49 75 12 1 3 42 98 0.389 36 8 56 0.397 11-16 5 0.981

Current UCLA Poll Rankings: 

Baseball America  - #19 
Collegiate Baseball - #14 
NCBWA - #20 
USA Today/ESPN Coaches - #18
Rivals - #23

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday, March 5 (2 p.m.) - Jackie Robinson Stadium
Nebraska - Sean Yost, RHP, So. (1-0, 4.66)
UCLA - Gerrit Cole, RHP, So. (2-0, 3.27)

Friday, March 5 (6 p.m.) - Jackie Robinson Stadium
Nebraska - Michael Mariot, RHP, Jr. (0-1, 7.20)
UCLA - Trevor Bauer, RHP, So. (1-0, 3.38)

Saturday, March 6 (2 p.m.) - Jackie Robinson Stadium
Nebraska - Tom Lemke, RHP, Fr. (2-0, 0.84)
UCLA - Rob Rasmussen, LHP, Jr. (0-0, 5.40)

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