UCLA Bruins baseball
|2016 UCLA Bruins baseball team|
|University||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Head coach||John Savage (12th year)|
|Home stadium||Jackie Robinson Stadium
|Colors||True Blue and Gold
|College World Series Runner-up|
|College World Series appearances|
|1969, 1997, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1969, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015|
|1944, 1969, 1976, 1979, 1986, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2015|
The UCLA Bruins baseball team is the varsity college baseball team of the University of California, Los Angeles. Having started playing in 1920, the program is a member of the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. It plays its home games at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The program has appeared in five College World Series and won the 2013 National Championship.
Chris Chambliss and Steve Edney led the Bruins to the 1969 CWS, UCLA's first. The team defeated Santa Clara at the NCAA Regional and finished in 7th place, after losing to Tulsa, 6-5 in 10 innings, and to Arizona State, 2-1 in 12 innings. Chambliss, who went on to play for Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves between 1971 and 1986, had a team-high .340 batting average and 15 home runs. Other members of the team included Bill Bonham, Steven Edney, Mike Reinbach, and Jim York.
The 1997 team won the Pac-10 title with a 43-18 record (21-9 Pac-10) and reached in the CWS. The team was led by head coach Gary Adams and included future Major League Baseball players Troy Glaus, Jim Parque, and Eric Byrnes. Jon Heinrichs, Tom Jacquez, Eric Valent, and Peter Zamora also played on the team. During the season, UCLA held a number one ranking, and the team finished the season ranked sixth.
At the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Bruins lost the first game to Harvard, but won the next four games, against Ohio, Tennessee, Harvard, and Oklahoma State, in order to advance to the College World Series.
At the College World Series, UCLA struggled with poor pitching and defense and lost its first game to Miami, 7-3 (12 innings), and was eliminated by Mississippi State, 7-5, in their second game.
The Bruins finished the 2010 season with a 43-13 record and were selected to host the Los Angeles Regional of the 2010 NCAA Tournament at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The team won the regional by defeating its other three teams, UC Irvine (39-17), Kent State (39-23), and defending national champions LSU (40-20). The Bruins advanced to the Super Regional round, in which they defeated Fullerton State.
The Bruins lost both games to South Carolina in the CWS Championship Series to finish as national runners-up. The team was ranked #1 in an April Baseball America poll. Cody Regis, Beau Amaral, and Trevor Bauer were named to the All-College World Series Team. Rob Rasmussen was among ten players from the 2010 team that were selected in the 2010 MLB Draft.
With a 42–14 record, the Bruins hosted the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Jackie Robinsion Stadium and defeated Creighton and New Mexico to advance to the Super Regional. The Bruins then defeated TCU to advance to the College World Series. At the College World Series, UCLA defeated Stony Brook, but was eliminated with losses to Arizona and Florida State.
Following a 39-17 regular season record and third-place finish in the Pac-12, UCLA was selected to host a regional in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In it, UCLA defeated Cal Poly, San Diego, and San Diego State to advance to the Super Regional. In the Fullerton Super Regional, UCLA defeated top ranked Fullerton State, 5-3 (in extra innings) and 3-0, advance to the College World Series for the third time in four seasons.
UCLA advanced to the 2013 College World Series and faced Mississippi State in a best-of-three final, having defeating the number one national seed North Carolina, 4-1, in the final game of the preliminary round. The Bruins won the first game, 3-1. They won the second game, 8-0, to win the program's first national championship. The team's pitching staff, including starters Adam Plutko, Nick Vander Tuig, and Grant Watson, and relievers James Kaprielian, Zack Weiss, and David Berg, gave up only four runs in five games at the World Series. The Bruins became the first team to win the World Series without hitting a home run during the tournament since Ohio State Buckeyes baseball did in 1966.
USA National Team
Eight players from UCLA have played for the USA Collegiate National teams: Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, Brandon Crawford, Josh Karp, Bill Scott, Jon Brandt, Eric Valent, Jim Parque, Troy Glaus, and Shane Mack.
Seventy-two former Bruins have competed in the major leagues, including the following players:
- Héctor Ambriz, Cleveland Indians
- Garrett Atkins, Baltimore Orioles
- Eric Byrnes, Seattle Mariners
- Chris Chambliss, New York Yankees
- Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Jeff Conine, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals
- Cody Decker, San Diego Padres
- Ben Francisco, Philadelphia Phillies
- Troy Glaus, Anaheim Angels, Atlanta Braves, 2002 World Series MVP
- Luis Gomez, Atlanta Braves
- David Huff, Cleveland Indians
- Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays
- Tom Jacquez, Chicago White Sox
- Eric Karros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics
- Tim Leary, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Adam Melhuse, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jim Parque, Chicago White Sox
- Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers
- Josh Roenicke, Toronto Blue Jays
- Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee Brewers
- Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Eric Valent, Philadelphia Phillies
- Jim York, New York Yankees
- Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
- Trevor Brown, San Francisco Giants
- A. J. Sturzenegger (1927-1932, 1943-1945)
- Arthur Reichle (1946–1974)
- Gary Adams (1975–2004)
- John Savage (2005–Present)
- "UCLA's Official Colors". Associated Students of UCLA (ASUCLA). 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
- "Jackie Robinson Stadium controversy". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. November 2, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
- "LOS ANGELES SPORTS JOURNAL: Westside Rewind - UCLA's First Trip to the College World Series a Short One". Retrieved 2010-06-25.
- 2010 UCLA Baseball Media Guide, UCLA Athletic Department, 2010
- "LOS ANGELES SPORTS JOURNAL: Westside Rewind - UCLA Errors Led to Early Exit at the College World Series". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- UCLA Earns Trip to College World Series, Downs Cal State Fullerton, 8-1, UCLABruins.com, June 13, 2010
- 2010 CNT roster announced, USABaseball.com, July 11, 2010
- UCLA Represented in MLB Playoffs by Three Former Players, UCLABruins.com, September 30, 2011
- UCLA Baseball 2010 Postseason Media Guide, UCLA Athletic Department, 2010