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.
Ever since the alleged & erroneous Title IX scare, the UCLA baseball team has been dominating foes. They were rewarded today with the #1 ranking in the nation after taking two out of three versus Oregon State this weekend.
Rob Rasmussen, Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer & Garett Claypool keep dominating (20-2 combined record), forming the most fearsome starting staff in the nation, and perhaps one of the greatest ever at the collegiate level. The balanced offense is led by Dean Espy & Tyler Rahamatulla, though everybody is hitting well.
At 25-3, this team is stronger than any of the previous John Savage incarnations, and you’d need to go back to the Glaus/Utley/Atkins/Valent/Zamora era to find a UCLA squad this feared nationally. Trust YKI to keep a close eye on the ongoings at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The UCLA Bruins baseball team is off to a 16-0 start behind the Ace pitching duo of Trevor Bauer & Gerrit Cole. The highest touted Bruin pitcher, however, may be southpaw Rob Rasmussen, who is relegated to their weekday pitcher. . .even though he’s K’d 30 in 19 innings and was last year’s ace. Oh yeah, his 2.79 ERA is the highest on the team.
The start is good for a #12 national ranking, and if the .190 opponent’s batting average against isn’t enough to strike fear in opposing team’s hearts, the 144 to 37 total runs advantage shows nothing short of TRUE domination.
With Jackie Robinson Stadium renovated and ready to be under the lights on The Road to Omaha.
Oh yeah, the offense isn’t too bad either. The sophomores are leading the offense to their 9 run/game clip, as catcher Steve Rodriguez, third baseman Dean Espy and shortstop Tyler Rahmatulla pace the Bruin Aluminum, all with batting averages hovering around the .400 mark.