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UCLA Baseball Plays For Pac-10 Title

After cruising to a 10-1 win over UCI in their final home game, UCLA will wrap up the 2006 regular season and Pac-10 schedule this weekend at Oregon State.  Here's the match ups and storyline.

The UCLA baseball team (31-22, 12-9 Pac-10) travels to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the No. 5 Oregon State Beavers (38-13, 15-6 Pac-10) in a three-game series for a chance to share the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Title. The second-place Bruins are currently three games behind the first-place Beavers, and need a series sweep to force a tie in the Pac-10 standings and a share of the conference championship with OSU.

I wouldn't have thought of Oregon State as exactly a baseball mecha, but apparently they've put together quite a year.

The Oregon State University Beavers enter the weekend's Pac-10 season series finale with a 38-13 overall record, a first-place mark of 15-6 in the Pac-10, and a No. 5 national-ranking by Baseball America. OSU has clinched at least a share of the 2006 Pac-10 Championship, the program's second consecutive title.

As you can see, it looks like our SBN compadres doing good work Building the Dam have a program to be proud of.

Win or lose, it's been an incredible turn around year, thanks in no small part to this guy, and a tournament bid appears to be locked up.

The turnaround of the UCLA baseball team is incredible. It was only a year ago that this team was mired in a 15-41 season, with avoiding last place in the Pac-10 the only reason to play.

This year, with only four games left to play, the team has the chance to finish in first place.
[T]he Bruins probably assured themselves a bid to the NCAA Regionals by winning the series against Stanford. According to, UCLA is No. 29 in the Ratings Percentage Index (now 28th) with the 11th-toughest schedule strength in the country.

A sweep of OSU is a tall order, but the Bruins have been rolling as of late.  Are these guys primed for a run towards No. 100?