Ryan will no doubt have way more useful information on these match-ups than any other source. But as a teaser, here are the pitching matchups-
Sophomore James Kaprilian vs. Junior Matt Imhof. Kaprilian was lights out in his first outing as the Friday starter against Portland, getting tagged with an unfortunate loss due to ZERO run support. He gave up 1 run in 5 innings, with 5 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 7 strikeouts.
Imhof shut down then 22-ranked Kansas State in their opener, being named one of 8 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national players of the week in the process. He gave up 2 hits, no runs, and 3 walks, while striking out 14 (!) in 7 innings.
Kaprilian and Imhof both pitched the last time these teams met, which was in the NCAA regionals last season. Kaprilian threw 2 innings of no run, no hit, no walk relief, with 4 strikeouts. Imhof was the starter for Cal Poly, and was tagged for 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 walk, to go along with 5 strikeouts. The 4 earned runs are somewhat deceptive. Imhof threw a shutout through 5 innings (had a 4-0 lead). Then the Bruins struck, scoring a run and having the bases loaded when Imhof was pulled with 1 out. The Cal Poly reliever threw gasoline on the fire, giving up a 3 run triple to Kevin Williams, which tied the game. All 3 runs were charged to Imhof.
Junior Grant Watson vs. Freshman Slater Lee. Watson was the winning pitcher in the 12-1 Saturday win over Portland. He gave up 1 unearned run in 7 innings, with 3 hits and 1 walk, to go along with 8 strikeouts.
Lee was the winning pitcher in Saturday's win over Kansas State. He gave up 1 run in 6.1 innings, with 2 hits and 1 walk, to go along with 7 strikeouts, in his collegiate debut.
Sophomore Cody Poteet vs. Sophomore Casey Bloomquist. Poteet did not get a decision in his 1st start last Sunday, going 4.1 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks, to go along with 3 strikeouts.
Bloomquist was the winning pitcher on Sunday as Cal Poly completed their opening series sweep. He threw 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, to go along with 2 strikeouts.
Based on the opening weekend, this should be a low scoring, tight series. This would be a very nice statement series for UCLA. Go Bruins !!