UCLA Bruins baseball
|2013 UCLA Bruins baseball team|
|University||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|Head Coach||John Savage (9th year)|
|Home Stadium||Jackie Robinson Stadium
|1969, 1997, 2010, 2012|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1969, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012|
|1944, 1969, 1976, 1979, 1986, 2000, 2011, 2012|
The UCLA Bruins baseball team represents the University of California, Los Angeles in NCAA baseball competition. Having started playing in 1920, the team is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference and plays its home games at Jackie Robinson Stadium. It has produced many Major and Minor League baseball players over the years. In 2011, six former UCLA ballplayers were listed on the major league rosters: outfielder Ben Francisco (Philadelphia), left-hander David Huff (Cleveland), right-hander Casey Janssen (Toronto), right-hander Josh Roenicke (Colorado), second baseman Chase Utley (Philadelphia) and shortstop Brandon Crawford (San Francisco).
The Bruins finished the season with a 43-13 record and were selected as host of the Los Angeles Regional of the 2010 Division I Baseball Championship Tournament on June 4–7, 2010 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The team won the regional by defeating the other three teams, UC Irvine Anteaters (37-19), the Kent State Golden Flashes (39-23) and last year's national champions the LSU Tigers (40-20). The Bruins advanced to the super-regional to play the Cal State Fullerton Titans at their home stadium on June 11–13.
They advanced to Omaha and the College World Series with an 8-1 victory in the third game of the series. The team is the first to win 51 games in a season. It became the first team to win a World Series game, defeating the Florida Gators 11-3 in the first game.1 The Bruins were winners over TCU 6-3 in the second game and defeated the Horned Frogs again to advance to the Championship Series.
The Bruins lost both games to South Carolina in the CWS Championship Series to finish as the second best baseball team in 2010. The team was ranked #1 in an April Baseball America poll. Cody Regis, Beau Amaral and Trevor Bauer were named to the All CWS Tournament Team. Rob Rasmussen was among ten players from the 2010 team that were drafted in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.
The 1997 team finished the season at first place with a record of 43-18 (21-9 Pac-10) and played in the CWS. Playing under head coach Gary Adams, it was led by future Major Leaguers Troy Glaus, Jim Parque and Eric Byrnes. Also on the team were Jon Heinrichs, Tom Jacquez, Eric Valent and Peter Zamora. UCLA reached the No. 1 spot in the polls, but finished at No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball.
At the Midwest Regional (Stillwater, OK), the Bruins lost the first game to Harvard, but came back to win the next fours games, over Ohio, Tennessee, Harvard, and Oklahoma State to advance to the CWS.
However at the College World Series, UCLA struggled with poor pitching and defensive errors as they lost their first game to Miami 7-3 (12 innings) in the first game and were eliminated by Mississippi State 7-5 in their second game.2
Chris Chambliss led the Bruins to the 1969 CWS, a first for UCLA. The team defeated Santa Clara at the NCAA Regional and finished at 7th place, after losing to Tulsa 6-5 in 10 innings and to Arizona State 2-1 in 12 innings.3 Chambliss, who went on to play for Cleveland, New York (AL) and Atlanta from 1971 to 1986, had a team-high .340 batting average and 15 home runs. Others on the team included Bill Bonham, Mike Reinbach, and Jim York.4
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.
The following Major League Baseball players have played on the Bruins team:
- Héctor Ambriz, Cleveland Indians
- Garrett Atkins, Baltimore Orioles
- Eric Byrnes, Seattle Mariners
- Chris Chambliss, New York Yankees
- Jeff Conine, Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals
- Ben Francisco, Philadelphia Phillies
- Troy Glaus, 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 Brewers6
- Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
- Eric Valent, Philadelphia Phillies
- Jim York, New York Yankees
- Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
- A. J. Sturzenegger (1927-1932, 1943-1945)
- Arthur Reichle (1946–1974)7
- Gary Adams (1975–2004)
- John Savage (2005–Present)
- UCLA Earns Trip to College World Series, Downs Cal State Fullerton, 8-1, UCLABruins.com, June 13, 2010
- "LOS ANGELES SPORTS JOURNAL: Westside Rewind - UCLA Errors Led to Early Exit at the College World Series". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- "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
- 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
- UCLA Bruins home page