Lost amidst the carnage of an 0-3 Pac-12 Conference weekend for the UCLA Bruins is the way they continue to take every setback in stride.
College World Series champions last June, the Bruins (23-24-1, 10-13 Pac-12) are barely a bubble team this season, struggling with injuries throughout the roster.
Timmy Robinson wasn’t on the roster the last time USC defeated crosstown rival UCLA. He was still in high school. But the sophomore outfielder blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to help the Trojans end a nine-game losing streak to their crosstown rivals with a 10-0 victory Thursday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Continue reading
In college baseball, starting catchers often get the mid-week games off to rest their legs in preparation for the more important weekend series, especially during the conference season, but with an extra day of rest thanks to the Easter schedule, Shane Zeile was behind the plate for UCLA on Tuesday.
He proved to be a difference maker in the Bruins’ matchup with Loyola Marymount and afterwards his coach lauded high praise on him, calling Zeile one of the top catchers in the country.
Check out how Zeile impacted the game, what else Savage had to say about him and get the full roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action. We’ve got you covered with photo galleries from San Diego State, USC and UCLA:
Cal State Fullerton’s season ended last year with UCLA celebrating on the Titans’ home field, having earned a College World Series berth after sweeping the Fullerton Super Regional. Before the game, the Titans’ coaching staff told the players to remember the crushing feeling they had watching the Bruins’ joy.
The Titan players responded, grinding out a 4-3 win over UCLA (18-13) thanks to a three-run fifth inning.
“They dogpiled on our field last year, so it was nice to get a W over them,” junior third baseman Matt Chapman said. “It’s just another game, but it definitely had a little bit of redemption in it.” Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Grant Watson needed only 77 pitches to pick up his third win of the season as No. 12 UCLA defeated crosstown rival USC 6-1 Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Watson went seven innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk. The USC pitching staff was a direct contrast, giving up nine walks and two hit batsmen to go along with 10 hits allowed.
However, USC was able to tie the game briefly in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Vahn Bozoian and kept the game close until the eighth inning due to UCLA’s inability to drive in runners. In total, the Bruins stranded 14 runners. But it was the six they brought home that mattered. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif. — UCLA took a 6-2 win at Pepperdine’s Eddy D. Field Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The Bruins took advantage of five Waves errors and junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich drove in two runs, including a true big fly to right field up and over the Pepperdine scoreboard.
The Bruins bounced back from a tough loss Sunday afternoon when they blew a 10-5 lead to Purdue in the ninth inning.
LOS ANGELES — In a big time Pac-12 conference matchup between the No. 12 UCLA Bruins and the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal, the Cardinal took the rubber match Sunday afternoon 7-2 for the series win at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
After UCLA (28-12, 12-9) took an early 2-0 lead, Stanford (28-11, 10-8) used a six-run fifth inning for the come-from-behind victory. Once it secured the lead, the Cardinal never relinquished thanks to five strong innings of relief from Sahil Bloom, who allowed only two hits enroute to his second win of the season.
LOS ANGELES — UCLA defeated rival USC 7-2 Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in the 2012 Dodgertown Classic. Trevor Brown ripped three hits and had two RBI. Freshman Grant Watson pitched six strong innings to get the win..
Following the game, UCLA head coach John Savage talked about the Dodgertown Classic, Watson’s performance and Scott Griggs’ shaky outing in the ninth inning. : Continue reading
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com recently put out an article profiling the best ten coaching jobs over the past year. He names both Ray Tanner from South Carolina and John Savage from UCLA who faced off in the CWS Championship Series which was won by the Gamecocks two games to none. He also includes Peter Hughes (Virginia Tech), Jim Schlossnagle (TCU), Tim Esmay (Arizona State), Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), John Pawlowski (Auburn), Jim Penders (UConn), Sunny Golloway (Oklahoma), and George Horton (Oregon).