Even after his excellent performance against the Gators, Bauer sat rather stone faced in the postgame press conference acting more as if he had helped the Bruins lose a game as opposed to helping them advance to the winner’s bracket.
But that attitude is what has allowed Bauer to have so much success this season. It also is a huge reason why the Bruins are in Omaha.
Bauer may be in his own world, but it’s one that Savage and the rest of the Bruins are more than willing to understand and embrace.
"This is our ballpark. We have to defend it. We know every nook and cranny of the place. It's a big advantage."
Equally pathetic were a group of Trojan fans two rows from the top on the first base side. The group was composed of many of the parents of the USC players and included the wife of head coach Chad Krueter. When you are as bad as the Trojan baseball team is you would think these supporters would keep their mouths shut. No so. They continually berated the umpires with everything from expletive deletes to just plan stupid comments about the Bruins. The father of the USC catcher, continually made a jackass of himself by yelling at the umpires up until the final out. His son, not only played poorly behind the plate (poor decisions, poor throws, inability to handle balls in the dirt, etc.) but he ran the Trojans out of an early game rally when they were four runs behind and the game was still "on".
The Bruins have impressive wins against No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 24 Vanderbilt on their résumé, plus a three-game sweep of Nebraska. But despite the promising 21-0 start, Savage knows baseball is a humbling sport.
"You can get knocked down pretty fast in this thing," he said. "There's going to be hiccups along the way. When we get there, we have to make sure we know how to handle them."
It's his first season as the team's closer, but he likes the pressure. Credit football for that: Klein was a three-year starting quarterback at Anaheim Servite.
"Playing at a high-profile position like quarterback, all eyes are going to be on you and your teammates are looking at you to see how you react to things and I think it carries over to the mound," Klein said.
As a pitcher, the ball is always in your hands, just like as a quarterback, he added. But he easily could be playing football. He got multiple offers from Pacific 10 Conference programs. California's Jeff Tedford was after him pretty hard too.
"I always joke with him, ‘The best quarterback at UCLA is Dan Klein and they don't even know it,' " Servite football Coach Troy Thomas said.
Fresh off of their ninth victory to start the season, a school record, the UCLA baseball team saw themselves jump up in all five rankings. The Bruins went from 14th to 10th in the Collegiate Baseball poll and from 20th to 16th in the NCBWA poll. Baseball America moved UCLA from 19th to 15 and the coaches poll had them going from 18th to 13th. Rivals had the Bruins hop from 23rd to 16th, their largest jump of any poll.