UCLA: Weekend Roundup

Weekend roundup

July, 19, 2010
7/19/10
9:44
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A few links and notes to pass along:

Baseball

-- Rising junior pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a save in his first appearance for the U.S. Collegiate National Team on Saturday. The U.S. took all fives games from the Korean team last week.

-- Second-round MLB Draft selection Rob Rasmussen officially signed with the Florida Marlins to forgo his senior season.

Football

-- The program announced that rising junior safety and preseason All-American Rahim Moore would accompany coach Rick Neuheisel to represent UCLA at the Pac-10 Conference Media Day on July 29. Moore is among the favored speakers among reporters.

Alumni News

-- Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop was in Las Vegas for some NBA Summer League action and had this to say about Michael Roll: " ... has an unspectacular but complete offensive game. He strokes the ball beautifully from distance, can hold his dribble in traffic, and pass the ball on the move. Unfortunately, he has trouble staying in front of opposing shooting guards -- both off the dribble and in post-up situations -- through no lack of effort." Click here to read his post.

-- Maurice Jones-Drew, who played for the Bruins from 2003-05, likes UCLA's chances in the upcoming college football season.

-- Brian Murphy, a UCLA alum who co-hosts a sports talk radio show in the Bay Area, posted this interesting tweet after the sale of the Golden State Warriors to a pair of buyers with ties to Westwood.

Weekend roundup

July, 5, 2010
7/05/10
12:09
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We have some baseball, softball and alumni news to pass along.

Baseball

-- Pitcher Gerrit Cole and catcher Steve Rodriguez were selected to participate at the U.S. collegiate national baseball team trials. Cole, who went 11-4 and posted a 3.37 ERA as a sophomore last season, played for the collegiate national team last summer. Baseball America ranked him the No. 1 prospect on that squad after he posted a 4-0 record and 1.06 ERA in six games. Rodriguez (.249/8 HR/37 RBI) looks to make the team for the first time. Only 22 of the 39 players who were selected to try out will make the team.

Softball

-- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association pegged UCLA as the top softball coaching staff in the country. Head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, assistant coaches Lisa Fernandez and Gina Vecchione and volunteer assistant Natasha Watley led the Bruins to the national title behind a 10-0 mark in the NCAA Tournament.

Alumni watch

-- Josh Shipp signed with Galatasaray Cafe Crown of the Turkish Basketball League, the club announced Friday. Shipp was a member of two Final Four teams before going undrafted in 2009. He averaged more than 19 points and nearly six rebounds per game as a rookie for Turkey's Bornova Belediye last season. Shipp will have some familiar company at Galatasaray. Former Washington State standout Taylor Rochestie, who excelled in Germany last year, also recently joined the team.

-- Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was selected by fans as a National League starter for the fifth straight year, but he won't be able to compete due to an injured right thumb. He had surgery to repair a torn ligament on Thursday and is expected to miss eight weeks. Since Utley became an everyday player in 2005, his 154 home runs, 534 RBIs and 594 runs lead all second basemen. Utley hit .342 and 53 home runs while at UCLA from 1998-2000.

Postseason updates

May, 21, 2010
5/21/10
10:42
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There's plenty of NCAA tournament action for UCLA teams this weekend. Here's a brief breakdown of how they fared on Friday.

Men's Tennis: No. 9-seeded UCLA advanced to the quarterfinals for the 22nd straight year with a 4-2 win over No. 8 Stanford. The Bruins and Cardinal fought off lingering showers in Athens, Ga., but it was UCLA who claimed the integral doubles point following an intense tiebreak win by Holden Seguso and Alex Brigham. UCLA used it to jump out to a 3-1 lead before Stanford's Ryan Thacher defeated Haythem Abid to close the gap. Matt Brooklyn clinched it, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, in the fifth singles match.

"We started out strong and were able to win the doubles point, which I thought was extremely crucial," coach Billy Martin said in a statement released by the school. "Both Holden and Alex really came through for us. I thought we started really well in singles too, but the move indoors kind of hurt us to be quite honest. Thankfully Matt really stepped it up and got a big win over a really good opponent."

UCLA will go for the upset against No. 1 Virginia (38-1) on Sunday.

Softball: UCLA moved on to the winner's bracket in the Los Angeles Regional with an 11-4 stomping of St. Mary's at Easton Stadium. The Bruins -- hosts of the four-team, double-elimination mini tournament -- cranked five home runs, scoring in all but one inning. The Gaels actually trailed just 5-4 in the fifth, but UCLA responded with six unanswered to clinch a date with San Diego State on Saturday. St. Mary's will face Fresno State in a win-or-go-home scenario.

Men's Golf: No. 1-seeded UCLA used Friday's second round at the NCAA East Regional (The Course at Yale in New Haven, CT) to slide into fourth place. The Bruins are eight shots behind the lead to begin Saturday's final round and must be amongst the top five teams at the end of the day in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships in early June.

Weekend roundup

May, 3, 2010
5/03/10
12:54
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A look at how some of UCLA's Olympic sports teams fared this weekend:

-- The five-time defending NCAA champion women's water polo team is at it again. The No. 5-seeded Bruins became the first such seeded team to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship on Sunday, defeating No. 2-seeded USC 8-7 at the Spieker Aquatics Center. UCLA reached the title game after upsetting top-seeded Stanford on Saturday.

"The last time we played USC, exposed our weaknesses as a team," UCLA coach Brandon Brooks said. "After a team meeting, we came back refocused and had two weeks of practice and obviously made some improvements."

The NCAA tournament begins on May 14 in San Diego.

-- The No. 5-ranked UCLA softball team swept No. 18 Oregon at home, scoring 31 runs and cranking nine home runs in the three-game set. After losing five straight in early April, UCLA (36-9) has won nine straight. The Bruins host California (36-15) this weekend before traveling to perennial power Arizona (40-8) a week later. NCAA Regionals begin on May 21.

-- UCLA's track and field teams both lost to in dual meets against crosstown rival USC, the men 96-67 and the women 106-57.

Weekend roundup

March, 28, 2010
3/28/10
12:02
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Here's a brief look at how UCLA's Olympic sports teams have fared this weekend:

-- The No. 3 women's gymnastics team won its second consecutive Pac-10 Conference title behind all-around champion Vanessa Zamarripa's performance. Click here for a look at the results. Zamarripa recorded scores of 9.950 on vault and 9.900 on beam to become just the sixth sophomore to be named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year. "Vanessa is the most talented athlete we've ever had," coach Valorie Kondos-Fieldsaid. "We've had many, many Olympians on our team. For sheer talent, she's it. She's a true student of her sport." UCLA hosts the West Regionals beginning on April 10.

UCLA Athletics Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa led UCLA to the Pac-10 title on Saturday.


-- Men's volleyball coach Al Scates is one win away from reaching 1,200 in his illustrious 48-year career following UCLA's five-set victory at UC Irvineon Saturday night. No. 7 UCLA has won four straight, improving to 14-9 and 9-7 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. It was the first game of the Bruins' five-game road swing.

-- The softball team, ranked No. 5 in the country, swept a double-header Saturday against UNLV, winning by scores of 8-0 and 11-3. The Bruins (24-4) host Loyola Marymount in a double-header on Sunday.

-- The No. 4 women's water polo team was overpowered by No. 2 Stanford on Saturday afternoon, dropping an 11-6 contest at the Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins (14-6) fell behind 7-3 after two quarters and were unable to recover against a strong Cardinal squad (18-1).

-- Both tennis squads came out victorious -- the No. 5 ranked women defeated No. 19 Washington 6-1 and the No. 12 men swept Oregon 7-0.

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