UCLA Goes to College World Series

The UCLA baseball team, ending the season ranked #6 nationally, begins play in the College World Series Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, taking on #3-ranked Florida...

OMAHA, Neb. - The UCLA baseball team takes on No. 3-national seed Florida (47-15) on Saturday evening on the first day of the College World Series at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium (double-elimination format). Saturday's game is slated for 4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT and will be televised live on ESPN. Fans can also listen live, free of charge, at uclabruins.com, as UCLA play-by-play voice John Ramey will have the call from Rosenblatt Stadium.

Saturday, June 19 - 4 p.m. (PT), TV: ESPN
No. 6-national seed UCLA - Trevor Bauer (10-3, 3.02 ERA)
No. 3-national seed Florida - Alex Panteliodis (11-2, 3.26 ERA)
*UCLA to serve as visiting team, Florida as home team

Monday, June 21 - 1:30 p.m./6 p.m. (PT), TV: ESPN
UCLA vs. TCU/Florida State

UCLA - 48-14, 18-9 Pac-10
Florida - 47-15, 22-8 SEC
Florida State - 47-18, 18-12 ACC
TCU - 51-12, 19-5 Mountain West

All College World Series games will be broadcast live across the country on either ESPN or ESPN2. UCLA's opening game against Florida will be televised on ESPN, as analysts Mike Patrick and Robin Ventura will have the call from the broadcast booth and Erin Andrews will serve as the sideline reporter. UCLA will offer a free Internet audio broadcast, available at uclabruins.com, as play-by-play announcer John Ramey will have the call.

- Most single-season victories (48), eclipsing UCLA's 45-win total from 1997, last year in which UCLA advanced to CWS
- Most regular-season wins (43-13 record) after opening the year with a school record 22-game win streak
- Pitching staff has totaled a Pac-10 single-season best 639 strikeouts, eclipsing Arizona State's total of 608 from 2009
- UCLA recorded its first win in a Super Regional before earning its first Super Regional series victory

- UCLA has earned its third trip to the College World Series (also appeared in 1969 and 1997).
- The Bruins finished second in the Pac-10 Conference, two games behind first-place Arizona State.
- UCLA's starting rotation features three pitchers with 10 or more wins and 115 or more strikeouts.
- The Bruins hosted an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history, defeating Cal State Fullerton.
- UCLA set the school record for home victories, going 29-10 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
- The Bruins have gone 19-4 on the road and posted a 30-5 mark against non-conference opposition.
- UCLA has gone 8-3 in one-run games and posted a 4-0 mark in extra-inning affairs.
- The Bruins have limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in 30 ballgames (going 29-1 in those contests).

INJURY UPDATE Sophomore second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla (wrist) and freshman left fielder Cody Keefer (leg) are both injured and will not be available to play in the College World Series. Rahmatulla broke his wrist in the post-game celebration against Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional.


Bauer secures second-team honors, Cole honored on Baseball America's third team

DURHAM, N.C. – UCLA sophomore right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole have earned All-America honors from Baseball America, as announced by the national publication on Wednesday. Bauer has been named a second-team selection, while Cole has earned third-team honors.
This marks the first season since 1998 in which two or more Bruins have secured All-America honors from Baseball America. In 1998, eventual major leaguers Eric Valent (first team) and Garret Atkins (third team) earned All-America accolades from Baseball America. Bauer and Cole both secured second-team All-America honors from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball two weeks ago, after having been named All-Pac-10 Team selections for the second consecutive season.Both pitchers have helped lead the UCLA baseball team to its first College World Series appearance since 1997 and the program's third overall trip to the College World Series (also advanced in 1969).
Bauer has gone 10-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 16 starts, leading the Pac-10 Conference in strikeouts (141) and innings pitched (116.1). Bauer has moved into third place on the Bruins' single-season strikeouts list, behind Pete Janicki's 150-strikeout total from 1992 and Alex Sanchez's 142 strikeouts from 1986.
Cole has posted a 10-3 record with a 3.25 ERA in 17 starts, ranking second in the Pac-10 with 138 strikeouts and fourth in the conference in both innings pitched (108.0) and opposing batting average (.195). Cole's 138 strikeout-total ranks fourth on the Bruins' single-season list.Bauer, who was named a first-team freshman All-America selection by Baseball America in 2009, has registered 10 or more strikeouts in six of his 16 starts, recording a career-high 15 strikeouts in UCLA's 5-2 win over Mississippi State at the Whataburger College Classic (March 13). Bauer earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2010 NCAA Los Angeles Regional, earning the victory in UCLA's 6-3 win over defending national champion LSU.
Cole has allowed five hits or fewer in 12 of his 17 starts this season and logged a career-high 15 strikeouts in an 11-3 win at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the Whataburger College Classic (March 12). Cole was named to the 2010 NCAA Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament Team.

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