UCLA has already set a school-record with their 9-0 start, but tonight they kick off a super important week with a chance at win number 10 versus UC Riverside. With the Highlanders tonight and a tough weekend in Corpus Christi at the Whataburger Classic this weekend, this week is probably the biggest week the Bruins have on the non-conference slate.
All of that begins tonight at 6 pm PST when the Bruins send Garett Claypool to the hill to face the Highlanders. Claypool went seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits in his only start of the season two weeks ago against a week hitting Long Beach St. team. Claypool has also thrown two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and tonight, he will be opposed by a freshman, Trevor Frank, who is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA on the year.
In other UCLA baseball news, Gerrit Cole was invited to the 2010 USA National Team Trials after going 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA last summer for the US. Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com sat down for a talk with head coach John Savage in which he talked about the team, its host start and himself. Also, I wrote a piece looking at the dearth of Regional host candidates in California after a couple teams got off to slow starts. While it is very early, it's worth keeping an eye on because it could help the Bruins earn a #1 seed and host spot come the postseason.
So there it is. First pitch is at 6 pm PST tonight as the Bruins and Highlanders square off. it is $2 Tuesdays so you can still head out to the park and take in the game. You can follow along with the game on GameTracker (link included) or you can listen live from the official site with John Ramey and color men, Danny Rees and Nick Theodorou. You can also grab updates from my UCLA baseball twitter. This is your open game thread so use it to keep people updated on the game if you're following along or to share thoughts and questions, as well as anything else you've got.