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.
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.