Well we meet the Gators again. Painfully for us they got us in hoops TWICE. We partially returned the favor this year by pummeling them in the women's college world series just few weeks ago. Now the UCLA baseball team (48-14) gets another shot on behalf of Bruin Nation when they take on the(47-15) in Ryan's House (that's what I will refer to the Rosenblatt here on BN) tonight in Omaha.
We should all know the storylines by now. Cody Regis,et al. will simply have to step up in the absence of no. 5 (Tyler Rahmatulla), who has been the spark plug for our offense in recent weeks. They have dealt with adversity all season (responding to a mid-season.500 ball funk after getting their 22 game win streak snapped and to the injury of Cody Keefer). Hopefully they can do it again to get the baseball program's first every win ... at Ryan's House.
Trevor Bauer and his dirty, classic Bruin cap gets the start tonight (staying on his season long rhythm of Saturday starts). Gators will throw a southpaw - Alex Panteliodis - with impressive stats (11-2, 3.26) against the Bruins. The first pitch is scheduled for this evening at 4:00 pm PST (ESPN). You can also follow along with GameTracker or get updates on Ryan's UCLA baseball twitter. So might as well thread this as our game thread with updates, thoughts, analysis and anything else.