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.
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.
Marc Dellins, Sports Information Director for UCLA, contacted me regarding the UCLA Baseball: Another Victim of Title IX story with this quote:
“There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that UCLA is considering discontinuing its baseball program, I\it’s disturbing that a rumor like this can even get started.”
Thanks, Marc. Hoping for more and more years of enjoyment at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Seems there is a rumor abound that UCLA will be dropping Men’s Baseball as yet another unfortunate byproduct of Title IX. I can not confirm nor deny these rumors, though I do have an email out to the SID and Director of Media, but if anybody has information PLEASE email me at evan.lovett @ gmail.com.
This is a shame not only because of UCLA’s extensive list of Major League Baseball players (Jackie Robinson, Eric Karros, Todd Zeile, Troy Glaus, Chase Utley – to name a handful), but the beauty and joy of Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. This move wouldn’t seem to jibe with the administration, who just upgraded the facility in attempt to make it more tournament-worthy, and aside from some early-season, bone-chilling wind in the VA-neighboring facility, there is not a more beautiful nook in the State to watch a baseball game.
Stay posted, and please update me if you have any info.