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:
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.