For the second straight year, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament has been unable to escape its own Regional. Last year, Oregon State lost in the Regional it hosted, and this year, the Bruins did the same.
UCLA was actually faced with one of the tougher draws, with No. 3 seed Maryland looking like one of the stronger 3 seeds in the entire field. UCLA coach John Savage said afterward that he thought the Terrapins were the best three seed he's seen in his years of coaching.
On Monday night, UCLA was just unable to get anything going offensively against a stingy Maryland pitching staff. Even when the Bruins did threaten, a couple of controversial calls, both involving catcher Darrel Miller, sealed their fate.
In the third inning, Miller made it all the way to third base after an error and a wild pitch, but on a would-be sacrifice fly, he tagged up and attempted to score. The Maryland catcher appeared to block the plate while waiting for the ball, and then tagged high on Miller, who appeared to have gotten his foot in under the tag.
Then, in the 9th inning, with runners on first and third, Miller was called out on strikes on a breaking ball that appeared to come in a little high -- at least compared to the home plate umpire's strike zone for the rest of the night.
UCLA's David Berg, who will graduate after the season, had a really strong effort in the loss, throwing two scoreless innings in the 7th and the 8th to give UCLA a real opportunity to get back in the game late. Savage said after the game that he considers Berg to be the greatest relief pitcher in the history of college baseball.
Despite the loss, UCLA is still pretty clearly in a baseball golden age at the moment, with ten Regional appearances in the last 12 years, a College World Series win in 2013, and three College World Series appearances in the last six years.