Jackie Robinson, Eric Karros, Troy Glaus, Gerrit Cole and dozens of other great players have passed through Westwood, but UCLA has never won a baseball national championship.
That could change tonight.
UCLA defeated Mississippi St. 3-1 last night in Game 1 of the College World Series Finals and now stand one win away from capturing that elusive title. One win and the national champions resides in Westwood for the next year.
The Bruins will send Nick Vander Tuig to the mound to get that win tonight. The junior is 13-4 with a 2.31 ERA this season and is coming off of an outstanding start last week, when he held NC State to just one run on four hits in seven innings to earn UCLA a win in their second College World Series game.
Vander Tuig will be opposed by Luis Pollorena, who has not pitched in a game since June 1 when he allowed 2 runs in 3.2 innings vs. South Alabama. The Bulldogs are aiming to get a few innings from Pollorena before handing the ball to Ross Mitchell, who Mississippi St. hopes can turn things over to their outstanding closer Jonathan Holder.
Once again, the game gets underway at 5 p.m. PT and will be televised on ESPN. UCLA is going national title hunting so tune in and chime in here as the Bruins hopefully bring home No. 109.