UCLA is in the College World Series.
Play starts this coming weekend, and they’re two years removed from a second place finish. This year’s squad, coached by John Savage, has his fingerprints all over the program. The team is is not explosive, but their motto of “grind for nine” results in a handful of runs that generally stand up with their stalwart defense and effective pitching. They open play against Stony Brook, the tiny school from Long Island, has never made it anywhere near this far. . .and thusly is the darlings of the College Baseball landscape. Oh yeah – Stony Brook features three guys from Crespi in the starting lineup. Yes, Crespi of the San Fernando Valley. Should be fun.
UCLA had seven ballplayers drafted this year in the first 15 rounds – not including three recruits that went in the 1st round – so the talent is vast. . .though rather striking is their lack of power, or a power hitter. their 3-hole guy, Cody Regis, did NOT hit a homerun this year, but still knocked in 31 (in 50 games) and swatted .357.
Jeff Galalich is the best offensive player, Travis Brown is a name to watch, and Beau Amaral and Shane Zeile (sons of Rich and Todd, respectively) also start for the UCLA ballers. Pitching staff is led by soft-tossing yet effective ace Adam Plutko (topped out at 88 in his start in the SuperRegionals) and Nick Vander Tuig (10-1 on the year), who’s going to be a big dog next year. Also worth noting is UCLA has a reliever, David Berg, who has appeared in 47 of their 59 games, an outstanding and unprecedented resilience
from a freshman.
On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM, The Count <countthechips> wrote:
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UCLA will face Stony Brook (America East champions) in its opening College World Series game on either Friday or Saturday. Game time TBD.
Stu “The Count” Lovett. Sent from my iPhone
The youth-laden UCLA Baseball continues their improbable run to the National Title today, in the first game of a best-of-three series vs. the University of South Carolina.
Former first-round pick (Yankees, 2008) Gerrit Cole will have the start for the Bruins.
The game begins at 4:30pm PST, in what will be the last set in Omaha’s famed Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Bruins are trying to follow in the footsteps of their female brethren, as the Softball team won the World Series/National Title earlier this month.
Kudos to the UCLA Daily Bruin for another great story on the youth-laden UCLA baseball team’s continued success in the College World Series.
Gerrit Cole, relegated to 2nd starter status on the big stage, performed like the first-rounder he was coming out of high school, pitching one-hit ball through seven innings, leading the Bruins to a 6-3 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs.
Cole followed in the footsteps of fellow sophomore Trevor Bauer, who dominated the Florida Gators en route to an 11-3 victory in the opening game.
The scary thing? That both of these pitchers are sophomores, and will return for another run next year. Makes the loss of Sunday & Tuesday starters Rob Rasmussen & Garett Claypool more palatable.
The championship game in the Winner’s Bracket is Friday, where Bauer is expected to throw again versus the winner of Florida St. vs. TCU to advance to the championship game.
A championship would be a first for the storied UCLA Baseball program, especially in the nostalgic final season of Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha:
Left-hander, 2nd-round draft pick and third starter Rob Rasmussen (Pasadena Poly HS) pitched a gem for the UCLA Baseball team, leading them to their third College World Series berth in the history of the program. The win over Cal-St. Fullerton was only their fifth in the last 23 meetings between the teams, and perhaps alleviated concern that wunderCoach John Savage would not be able to get the proverbial Titan off of his back. Rasmussen’s performance was especially impressive, pitching a one-hitter for his first collegiate complete game, locking down the 8-1 victory.
And now, the College World Series in Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium presents the opportunity for the Bruins to win on the heels of the Softball team taking the title as they take on the Florida Gators in the first game of the double-elimination tourney.
The UCLA baseball program – at one point #1 in the nation – has received the number six seed nationally as NCAA Regionals begin. This is the first time in the program’s storied history that they have received a national seed, and subsequently are hosting their first regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins, who also set a program record of 43 regular season wins (to go against 13 losses), will begin play on Friday, June 4th against Kent State. The four-team, double-elimination bracket also includes LSU and UC Irvine, who also happens to be coach John Savage’s former stomping grounds.
The Bruins are the favorite to reach the College World Series based on a solid offense led by Tyler Rahmatulla & Dean Espy, but more importantly the magic pitching foursome of Gerrit Cole, Garett Claypool, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen. The team ERA was 3.02, and all four starters are going to be high MLB draft picks (as well as closer Dan Klein).
Link to Team Stats HERE.
Ticket Information HERE.