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UCLA vs. Arizona St. Baseball Open Thread

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UCLA can claim a share of the Pac-10 title tonight (Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.scottwuphotography.com/Sports/UCLA-Sports/110403UCLABaseballvWA/16467722_7dHpi#1239145029_k6GBf" target="new">Scott Wu</a>)
UCLA can claim a share of the Pac-10 title tonight (Photo Credit: Scott Wu)

Remember those long odds for the Pac-10 title? Scrap 'em. UCLA is now in control of their own destiny for the conference title. Oregon defeated Oregon St. earlier today to put the Bruins a half-game up in the Pac-10 and if they win tonight and tomorrow, they will be Pac-10 champions. A single win in the next two days ensures at least a share of the crown, but the Beavers do have the tiebreaker. Of course, if the Bruins split the next two and the Beavers lose again tomorrow, the Bruins get the title.

As for how all of this affects the postseason scenario? Personally, I still see the Bruins going to Cal St. Fullerton as a number two seed, but some have begun to speculate whether or not UCLA can host a Regional. They would likely do so as a number two seed, but a host spot is a host spot. I don't see that happening. Even if UCLA wins the Pac-10, Oregon St. and Fresno St. would have better claims to be the third West Coast host, even as number two seeds so if the Bruins do host, it probably wouldn't be fair. That doesn't mean I wouldn't take it though.

Hurting the Bruins is that the NCAA will announce the Regional hosts tomorrow, before their final game of the season. That means UCLA can make their last pitch for a host spot tonight at 6:30 pm PDT when they play Arizona St. Trevor Bauer will get the nod with his 11-2 record, 1.37 ERA and already the owner of UCLA's single-season strikeout record. He'll be opposed by Kramer Champlin, who owns a 8-2 record, 2.79 ERA and is coming off of a complete game shutout.

Lucky for UCLA fans, John Ramey will be in the desert calling tonight's game online. Of course, GameTracker will has the games and as is always the case, my UCLA baseball twitter has all the game updates, news, notes, links and thoughts, but there's an added option as well. Fox Sports West has a free stream of the game for those who want to watch. This is your baseball open thread so listen, watch or follow along and share any updates, thoughts and questions here.