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UCLA Honoring 8 New Bruin HOFers Including Chase Utley

From the official site:

Eight outstanding Bruins who have excelled as student-athletes, coaches or administrators will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame this Friday night, October 1.

Invitation-only ceremonies will be held in the Athletics Hall of Fame, located in the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center, and in Covel Commons. In addition, the new inductees will also be introduced during halftime of Saturday's UCLA-Washington State football game at the Rose Bowl.

The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2010 brings the total membership to 239. The 2010 inductees are David Ashleigh, men's water polo; Andy Banachowski, women's volleyball coach; Judith Holland, administration; Mebrahtom Keflezighi, men's track & field; Valorie Kondos Field, women's gymnastics coach; Seilala Sua, women's track & field; Chase Utley, baseball; and Catherine Von Schwarz, women's water polo.

The official site goes on to provide bios of the 8 Bruins including the following on Chase Utley:

CHASE UTLEY -- Utley wasted no time making his mark on UCLA's baseball program. Playing from 1998-2000, he hit .320 in his first season while breaking the freshman school record for home runs (15), and earning a spot on the Freshman All-America Team. As a sophomore, he was a First-Team All-American while hitting .355 in conference play. He established a reputation for toughness and durability by playing in every single inning that season. His .382 batting average, 22 home runs, and 69 RBIs as a junior helped him once again earn First-Team All-America honors and he helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history. In his career, he was twice an All-Pac-10 first-team member and compiled a .342 career batting average. In 2000, the Philadelphia Phillies selected Utley 15th overall in the MLB Draft. In 2009, Utley enjoyed one of the most prolific batting streaks in World Series history. In the six-game series he tore through the Yankees, hitting five home runs, two more than eventual Series MVP Hideki Matsui, and tied Reggie Jackson for the most homers in a World Series. Since entering the majors, he has averaged .295, hit 161 home runs, and recorded 585 RBIs. A fan favorite, he is a four-time NL All-Star as well as a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Just recently, he was voted No. 6 on the Sporting News' list of the top 50 players in baseball.

Chase was just in the news recently for his classic balls to the walls style of play (making the Mets cry).  Wish Chase was playing for a team that was a little easier to root for. Phillie fans out here in the East Coast are just as insufferable as any other baseball fans from the North East. Anyway, I am guessing there is a good chance Utley will be in Westwood since the Phillies are playing in somewhat of a meaningless series in Atlanta. It will be cool to see him at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

GO BRUINS.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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