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.
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.
Beginning tonight, he UCLA Softball team will compete in a best-of-3 versus Arizona series to determine the NCAA Champion in the sport. A great recap on the recent history – as well as tradition – of the program (and the Pac-10) can be found here.
Also, kudos to UCLA Baseball for advancing to the Super Regional after destroying Kent State, defending champion LSU and UC Irvine in the first hosted Regional this weekend. They will play the winner of the Fullerton-Minnesota deciding game today.
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.