The Bruins are making their third appearance in college baseball's big show in Omaha in last four years. The party is going to get started on Sunday night (6/16) when the Bruins (44-17) take on (gulp) LSU (57-9) starting at 5 pm PST. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and also shown on ESPN 3.
As of right now the starting pitchers are:
- UCLA - Adam Plutko, RHP, Jr. (8-3, 2.35)
- LSU - Aaron Nola, RHP, So. (12-0, 1.68)
Nola's numbers are pretty crazy and I am sure Ryan will have lot more to say on the Tigers from his notes later this week. Islandbruin has more numbers on UCLA side of the bracket here.
The official site has general notes here, which includes this perspective on our 40+ win season:
The Bruins have posted a 44-17 record after having defeated Cal State Fullerton twice in the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional. UCLA has totaled at least 40 wins for the third time in four seasons and for the ninth time in program history. The Bruins have won at least 40 games in each of their four previous College World Series seasons (1969, 1997, 2010, 2012). Prior to 2010, UCLA had not recorded 40 or more wins since going 45-21-1 in 1997. The Bruins have only reached the 50-win plateau during their record-setting 51-17 campaign in 2010.
Wish we didn't have to wait for the game till Sunday although going into this world series I have no expectations for this team. I didn't expect this year's team to get back in Omaha. So this is kind of bonus. Maybe the team will take on the Tigers with no pressure mindset which may produce better results than last year. Who knows.