Bruins Advance to Super Regionals

The UCLA Bruin baseball team beat Long Beach State Sunday to win the Regional and advance to the Super Regional, the college baseball equivalent of the Sweet 16, for the first time since 2000...

The UCLA baseball team won it region with a 7-4 victory over Long Beach State to advance to the Super Regionals, which is the baseball equivalent of the Sweet 16.

UCLA hasn't advanced to a Super Regionals since 2000.

They'll face perennial power Cal State Fullerton. The site has yet to be determined.

The Bruins (33-26) were seeded #2 in its region, with Long Beach State (39-20) seeded #1.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy (5-4) threw a complete game against the 49ers, UCLA's second in as many days. Second baseman Alden Carrithers led UCLA at the plate, going 3 for 5. Third baseman Jermaine Curtis was named the Regional MVP, hitting .500 for the weekend (7 for 14) with one home run, one double, and three RBI. In Sunday's victory he went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI.

The Bruins showed an explosive offense in the Regional, totaling 26 hits in the last two games.

UCLA advances to play the Titans (36-23), either this weekend or the beginning of next week, with the location to be determined. Fullerton was the #2 in their region.

The Super Regional is best 2 of 3.

If UCLA were to advance past Cal State Fullerton, they could face the tournament's overall #1 seed, Vanderbilt (54-11), in the first round of the Men's College Word Series.

UCLA last advanced to the College Word Series in 1997.

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