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Re: THE ROAD TO OMAHA... 2013 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES.
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2013, 12:35:48 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2013, 01:22:23 AM »

You go boy.

Only got to win 1 more.
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« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2013, 11:06:17 PM »


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« Reply #33 on: June 25, 2013, 11:12:04 PM »

UCLA wins College World Series for the first time

Back home, sluggers are slumping and pitchers are scuffling as Los Angeles' two big-league franchises languish in last and next-to-last place in their respective divisions despite combined player payrolls of almost $350 million.

Turns out, scholarships work.

UCLA completed an unblemished, 10-game run through college baseball's postseason Tuesday night, rolling past Mississippi State 8-0 to win the College World Series and the first national championship in the program's 94-year history.

Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig scattered five hits in eight innings, the latest in a succession of exceptional pitching performances as Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep of MSU in the best-of-three championship finals. And while UCLA did some of its typical hunting and pecking on offense – bunts were prominent in two rallies, hit batsmen in a couple – the Bruins had their most productive night by far in five games in the Series.

Right-fielder Eric Filia drove home five runs on a sacrifice fly, a safety squeeze and two singles. Center-fielder Brian Carroll was hit twice, singled and scored twice. Pat Valaika and Cody Regis delivered run-scoring hits.

The Bruins' run total approached the 11 they'd scratched out in their first four games in Omaha.

"It's one of those situations where it was our time, I think," coach John Savage said.

"We have good players. I've said that all season long. They started believing, and they started using the whole field. And fortunately, we had some hits tonight."

So dominant was his team's pitching over a 10-day stay that a first-inning run against Mississippi State was formidable, a 3-0 lead by the third looked all but insurmountable and a five-run spread by the end of the fourth left a record crowd of 27,127 in TD Ameritrade Park wiling away the rest of a warm night until the trophy presentation.

A trio of blondes provided some diversion in the top of the ninth, running onto the field before the young women were easily run down by stadium personnel.

Six different UCLA pitchers allowed a total of four runs in five games, holding opposing hitters to a .175 average. Every starter won – Vander Tuig and ace right-hander Adam Plutko twice – and the staff earned-run average of 0.80 was the lowest in the Series in college baseball's aluminum bat era, which began in 1974.

Plutko, who threw six four-hit innings and allowed a single run in a 3-1 win over Mississippi State a night earlier, was named the Series' Most Outstanding Player. Vander Tuig, picked in the sixth round of this month's major-league draft by San Francisco, matched him, walking just one and striking out six in raising his season record to 14-4.

The lopsided score notwithstanding, Savage let All-America closer David Berg wrap it up, and the 6-foot sophomore threw a 1-2-3 ninth. It was his NCAA record-tying 51st appearance of the season, and he was on the mound at the end of each of the victories in the Series.

Mississippi State (51-20) had no margin for error, but gave the Bruins help. Quickly.


UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika (10) hits an RBI-single to score third baseman Kevin Kramer (not pictured) on Tuesday during the third inning in game 2 of the College World Series finals against Mississippi State Bulldogs at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.(Photo: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports)
Carroll, leading off in the bottom of the first, took a pitch to his knee. Kevin Kramer laid down an unremarkable bunt that MSU pitcher Luis Pollorena fumbled. Then, first baseman Wes Rea couldn't handle his hurried throw.

Right-fielder Eric Filia brought Carroll home with a line-drive out to right.

Filia's squeeze bunt and Valaika's run-scoring single made it 3-0 in the third, and the Bruins added two more runs in the fourth – Kevin Williams scoring after being hit by a pitch – and another in the sixth. A team that specialized earlier throughout the Series in taut, low-scoring games gave its nerves a final-night rest.

And it gave L.A. a baseball storyline to celebrate.

The title fills a conspicuous gap in the Bruins' resume. Teams in 17 other sports previously had given UCLA a Division I-record 108 national championships. A baseball program with 2,326 all-time wins and Jackie Robinson on its alumni roll was shut out.

Finally, it got a piece of the action.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/baseball/2013/06/25/college-world-series-finals-game-2-ucla-mississippi-state/2458455/
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« Reply #35 on: June 26, 2013, 01:03:23 PM »

Great pitching, great defense.

Congrats to the 2013 CHAMPS........UCLA
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