The UCLA Bruins head to Cal-State Fullerton for a spot in the College World Series. The Titans and Bruins will play on Saturday at 7 pm on ESPN, Sunday at 10 pm on ESPN 2, and Monday at 7 pm on ESPN 2 (if necessary).
The UCLA Bruins won the Regional Championship at Long Beach last weekend behind some strong Bruins pitching. UCLA opened up the tournament with a 7-3 victory over Pepperdine, 3-1 victory over UIC, and won the Regional Championship over Long Beach State 7-4. UCLA is led by John Savage who is in his 3rd year with the Bruins. He has an overall record of 81-92 at UCLA with a career record of 169-176-1 including his time with UC-Irvine. The Bruins have a solid pitching staff which is led by Tyson Brummett (10-5, 3.57 ERA) and Gavin Brooks (6-6, 4.65 ERA). Brant Rustich leads the team with six saves but has a hefty ERA of 6.67. The offensive leaders for UCLA are Alden Carrithers (.351 BA) and Gabe Cohen (.348 ERA, 10 HR). Cody Decker leads the Bruins with 14 homers on the season.
UCLA Series Notes
UCLA Season Stats
Orange County Register Article about the Bruins
The Daily Bruin
Cal-State Fullerton (36-23)
The Titans won the San Diego Regional by going 3-0 last weekend. Fullerton opened up with a 7-1 victory over Minnesota, then defeated Fresno State 6-4 in a winner’s bracket game, then in the Regional final defeated the Bulldogs 13-2. The Titans are led by George Horton who is in his 11th season with the team. He has an overall record of 488-210-1 including a national championship in 2004. The Titans offense is led by Clark Hardman who is hitting .389 on the year. Wes Roemer is the ace of the pitching staff with a 10-6 record and an ERA of 3.33. He was the 50th overall selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB draft that started on Thursday. Jeff Kaplan is the second starter on the staff with an 11-3 record. Adam Jorgenson leads the team with eight saves on the year with a 4.45 ERA.
Fullerton Series Notes
Fullerton Season Stats
Saturday: CSF Wes Roemer (10-6, 3.33 ERA) vs. UCLA Tyson Brummett (10-5, 3.57 ERA)
Sunday: CSF Jeff Kaplan (11-3, 3.35 ERA) vs. UCLA Gavin Brooks (6-6, 4.65 ERA)
Monday: TBA vs. TBA
The CBB predicts that UCLA wins the Super Regional in three tough games.
Long Beach State 4 Illinois-Chicago 3
The Long Beach Dirtbags picked up a 4-3 victory over Illinois-Chicago to advance to the championship round of the NCAA Regional. The Dirtbags got a solid start from Omar Arif who pitched six innings while allowing only three runs (one earned). Brandon Godfrey went 2-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. LBSU advances to face UCLA later on Sunday. UIC ends the season with a 35-21 record.
UCLA 7 Long Beach State 4
The UCLA Bruins clinched a spot in the Super Regionals by knocking off Long Beach State 7-4.
LBSU 6 Pepperdine 3
The Long Beach State got a complete game from starting pitcher Andrew Liebel as he scattered 11 hits and only gave up three runs as the Dirtbags picked up a 6-3 victory over Pepperdine. The offense was led by Robert Perry who went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. LBSU will play the loser of UIC/UCLA on Sunday.
UCLA 3 UIC 1
The UCLA Bruins advanced in the NCAA Regional to the Championship game by knocking off the UIC Flames 3-1. UCLA starter Gavin Brooks threw a two hitter while allowing only one run in the game. UIC starter Zach Peterson gave up 14 hits in nine innings but only allowed three runs. UCLA will play the winner of the UIC and LBSU elimination game in the nightcap Sunday.
UCLA 7 Pepperdine 3
Tyson Brummett (UCLA) pitched 8.2 innings while giving up three runs as his Bruins picked up pa 7-3 victory over Pepperdine. The UCLA offense got to Peperdine ace Barry Enright for six run in 6.1 innings. UCLA will face surprise winner UIC while Pepperdine will face Long Beach State in an elimination game.
UIC 4 Long Beach State 1
The UIC Flames picked up an impressive 4-1 victory over Regional host Long Beach State on Friday evening. The Dirtbags were held to only one hit by UIC starter Ryan Zink who pitched eight strong innings. David Cales struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the impressive victory for the Flames. UIC will play UCLA on Saturday in the winners bracket while LBSU will play Pepperdine.
The Long Beach Dirtbags will be one of the 16 hosts for the NCAA Baseball Tournament that starts on Friday. They will host Pepperdine, UCLA, and Illinois-Chicago.
Long Beach State
The Dirtbags (37-18) are heading into the weekend after finishing up the regular season knocking off Cal-State Fullerton in two out of three games last weekend. LBSU is led by Omar Arif who is 5-5 with a 3.11 ERA. Bryan Shaw leads the team with 10 saves with a 2.53 ERA.
LBSU Tourney Notes
The UCLA Bruins (30-26) finished in third place in the Pac 10 conference with a 14-10 mark. They are led by Gabe Cohen who is leading the team in hitting with a .357 average including ten homers. Tyson Brummett leads the starters with a 9-5 mark with an ERA of 3.69. He also has 103 strikeouts in 125 innings.
UCLA Tourney Notes
The Pepperdine Waves (35-20) are led by one of the top pitchers in the country in Barry Enright who leads the team in wins with 12 and has an ERA of 1.73. Jason Dominguez leads the team with 12 saves in 28 appearances. The offense is led by Adrian Ortiz (.355 BA), Danny Worth (.346 BA), and Donald Brown (.342 BA).
Pepperdine Tourney Notes
The University of Illinois-Chicago heads out to Long Beach CA to take part in the regional that Long Beach State is hosting. UIC got into the NCAA Tournament after winning the Horizon League Tournament. UIC is led by Larry Gempe Jr. who is hitting .397 for the season. Steve Crnkovich who leads the starting pitchers in ERA at 2.27 and has only a 4-3 overall record. They have one of the best closers in the country with David Cales who has twelve saves on the season and an ERA of 0.84.
UIC Tourney Notes
The CBB predicts Pepperdine to shock everyone and win the regional behind Barry Enright’s arm.
The UCLA Bruins knocked off the UC Riverside Highlanders 3-2 in a highly competitive game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins pitching held the Highlander offense in check until the top of the ninth inning when closer Brant Rustich entered the game with a three run lead. He proceeded to scare everyone in the ballpark by giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Rustich also had problems in Coral Gables this weekend including blowing a save against the Hurricanes. Brandon Crawford went 3-4 on the night to lead the Bruins offense. Kyle Barratt and Ryan Goetz had the only two hits on the evening for Riverside. UCLA hosts East Carolina on Friday while Riverside hosts San Francisco.
UC Riverside Recap
Daily Bruin Article
The Winthrop Eagles beat the UCLA Bruins tonight 6-4 to even up the series at one game a piece. Winthrop took advantage of a six run third inning where they were given five walks by Bruin pitchers Paul Schmidt and Kevin Brophy. They also sent twelve batters to the plate in that inning. Winthrop starter Ryan Schwartz was average tonight by going 6.2 innings and giving up four runs (2 earned). Jonathan Settle picked up the save by going the last 1.1 innings without surrendering a run. The teams will face off tomorrow back at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 1:00 pm local time.
UCLA knocked off the Winthrop Eagles tonight by a score of 2-1. UCLA scored the second run of the game on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to get to the deciding score. Tyson Brummett started for the Bruins and went a masterful eight innings while only giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts. Brant Rustich pitched the ninth where he allowed the tying run to get to third base with 2 outs but finished off the game. Alex Wilson started for the Eagles and lasted 5.2 innings and only giving up one run which was unearned. Ryan Mullins pitched the rest of the game and ended up giving up the winning run on a dropped ball. There was not much hitting in the game for either team but UCLA was led by two hits by both Tim Stewart and Mickey Weissner. Phil Carey went 2-4 for the Eagles.
The Winthrop Eagles are making the trip across the country to visit the UCLA Bruins. This is an interesting match-up since Winthrop has an attitude that they will play anyone anywhere. They have scheduled Rice in 2008 and USC in 2009 already. The Eagles finished second in the Big South Conference in 2006 with a 46-18 record. They received an at-large berth to the Chapel Hill Regional where they were eliminated. Winthrop returns one of the top pitchers in the country in Alex Wilson who compiled a record of 13-3 with a 3.78 ERA.
UCLA is coming off an NCAA appearance in the Malibu Regional in which they ended their season. The Bruins returning pitching is suspect as they start Tyson Brummett on Friday who went 6-7 with a 4.52 ERA. They follow that up with Paul Schmidt who had no record but a 2.25 ERA and they start freshman Gavin Brooks on Sunday.
UCLA Game Notes
Winthrop Game Notes