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Bells Tap into Top-Ranked UCLA

01/31/2011 11:28 AM

UCLA Player Bios
The Bellingham Bells have inked a trio of players from UCLA, the nation’s top-ranked baseball program according to the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Preseason Poll that was released on Thursday (Jan. 27).

Sophomore outfielder Jeff Gelalich headlines the Bruin trio which also includes freshmen infielder Pat Gallagher and right-handed pitcher Ryan Deeter.

“To be able to tap into one of the most elite programs in the nation is a huge part of making the Bells one of the most competitive teams on the field in the West Coast League,” Bells head coach Gary Hatch said. “The Bells have established a great relationship with UCLA head coach John Savage and his program over the last couple years and we’re excited to have the opportunity work with them again this summer.”

As a freshman at UCLA, Gelalich hit for a .321 average with two home runs, one triple, four doubles, 13 runs batted in, and 17 runs. He registered a .465 on-base percentage and was a perfect 7-for-7 stealing bases. Gelalich went 2-for-3 while hitting his first career home run in a 6-3 UCLA win over 2009 national champion LSU at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional on June 5. He hit his second home run of the season on June 21 in the Bruins’ second game of the College World Series (CWS). His .321 batting average was fourth on a UCLA squad that reached the CWS best-of-three national championship series.

Gallagher was named Nevada’s All-North 4A Player of the Year as a senior at Reno High School in Reno, Nev., in addition to earning first-team honors. As a senior, Gallagher batted .505 with 18 home runs, 12doubles, 56 RBI, and 46 runs. Following his senior season, Gallagher was selected to the 2010 Baseball America High School All-America team.

Deeter redshirted in 2010 at UCLA before playing with the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate League during the summer. With the Blue Sox, Detter posted a 1.93 ERA with two saves while recording 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Last season, UCLA was the runner-up to national champion South Carolina at last season’s College World Series. UCLA finished its 2010 campaign with a 51-17 record, posting the school’s highest single-season win total. The Bruins open the 2011 season with a three-game series against San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 18.

The Bells open their 13th season on June 3 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Individuals and companies with inquiries about season tickets, corporate sponsorship opportunities, or any other matters related to the ballclub, are encouraged to contact the Bellingham Bells offices at (360) 527-1030, or via e-mail at [email protected]

About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League striving to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have helped produce a number of major leaguers including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.

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About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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