LSU 3, UC Irvine 4
The defending national champions got knocked down early and after nine innings in the Sunday elimination game at Jackie Robinson Stadium, they were out. UC Irvine jumped ahead early, extended their lead a bit and then hung on to take out LSU and send the throngs of purple and gold clad Tiger fans home disappointed with a 4-3 win. Continue reading
UCLA 6 LSU 3
LOS ANGELES – Right-hander Trevor Bauer recorded 11 strikeouts in eight-plus innings to earn the win and lead the No. 1-seed UCLA baseball team past No. 2-seed LSU, 6-3, and remain in the winners’ bracket of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional before 2,613 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday night.
Bauer (10-3) joined teammate Gerrit Cole as UCLA’s two 10-game winners, leading the Bruins into an NCAA Regional final for the third season in the last four years. Bauer limited LSU (41-21) to three runs (one earned) and seven hits, pitching into the ninth inning. He held the Tigers to five hits and no runs through the first eight frames.
LSU 11 UC-Irvine 10 (11 innings)
Widely regarded as the top first day Regional match-up in the country, the battle between UC Irvine and LSU lived up to the billing and then some in a thrilling contest at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium. A back and forth contest filled with quality pitching at times, several tremendous defensive plays and excellent hitting finally came to an end after 11 innings and more than four hours of play with LSU on top, 11-10.
#1 UCLA (43-13, 18-9 Pac-10)
UCLA is hosting a regional for the first time since 1986. After being swept by Arizona State at the start of May, the Bruins won 11 of their last 12 conference games. The Bruins are led by their starting rotation of Sophomore RHPs Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.27 ERA) and Trevor Bauer(9-3, 2.84 ERA) , as well as Junior LHP Rob Rasmussen (9-2, 2.89 ERA), who each have over 100 K’s this season. Senior RHP Garrett Claypool (8-3, 2.05 ERA)has been a rock in midweek starts. LHP Matt Grace and RHP Erik Goeddel have been great eating up innings in middle relief, while closer Sophomore RHP Dan Klein (5-0, 2.13 ERA, 9 Saves) was as consistent as they come in the stopper role. Overall, the UCLA bullpen held opponents to a .229 BAA.