Bauer wins Pac-10 pitcher of the year

Trevor Bauer was awarded Pac-10 pitcher of the year on Tuesday, and in other news, the earth is round.

Bauer won six conference pitcher of the week awards, after all, went 12-2, struck out a nation-high 189 batters and posted a conference-leading 1.27 ERA. The three-time all-conference pick becomes the first Bruin to win conference pitcher of the year honors since 1992.

Joined by Bauer on the all-conference team are second-team selections, pitcher Adam Plutko and outfielder Beau Amaral, and honorable mention picks in pitchers Gerrit Cole, Nick Vander Tuig and Mitchell Beacom, catcher Steve Rodriguez and outfielder Cody Keefer.

Here’s the full release from UCLA: Check it out

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UCLA gets regional No. 1 seed, hosts Fresno State, UC Irvine, San Francisco

The UCLA baseball team, which won its first outright Pac-10 title since 1986 and was picked of one of 16 host sites for the upcoming NCAA Regionals, will also play host to No. 2 Fresno State, No. 3 UC Irvine and No. 4 University of San Francisco in the upcoming baseball regionals, which begin Friday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Bruins open with the Dons with Gerrit Cole on the mound, and they have to be feeling pretty good: They swept three games from USF to open the season by a combined score of 8-1, and they also went 1-1 against the Anteaters.

If UCLA survives the regionals, the road gets much steeper, almost at an incline, as a potential matchup with overall No. 1 seed Virginia, which boasts one of the top pitchers in the country in Danny Hultzen.

The Bruins, of course, counter with Cole and Trevor Bauer, who helped lead the team to an 11-6 record down the stretch as they propelled back into, and then ultimately prevailed in, the Pac-10 race.

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Bruins win Pac-10 baseball title, first outright conference crown since 1986

FROM UCLA:

TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 23 UCLA baseball team captured the Pac-10 Championship on Sunday, maintaining its one-game lead in the conference standings despite losing, 10-5, at No. 8 Arizona State in the regular-season finale before 2,889 fans at Packard Stadium.

UCLA (33-22, 18-9) earned its first outright Pac-10 Conference title since 1986. Earlier on Sunday, the Bruins were awarded one of 16 NCAA Regional host sites for the second consecutive season.

Oregon’s 6-0 victory at home against Oregon State allowed UCLA to remain one game ahead of Oregon State in the Pac-10 standings on the final day of college baseball’s regular season.

In Sunday’s ballgame, the host Sun Devils (39-16, 17-10) scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure a 6-3 lead and never trailed the rest of the way.

UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko (6-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs and 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Plutko struck out three batters and issued three walks.

Arizona State left-hander Mitchell Lambson (5-3) earned the victory, limiting the Bruins to three runs and six hits in five innings. Lambson had six strikeouts and one walk in his first start of the season (27th overall appearance).

Matt Newman led Arizona State at the plate, going 4-for-5 with one home run, two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Xorge Carrillo went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, and four other Sun Devils each recorded at least two hits.

UCLA’s Chris Giovinazzo went 2-for-3 with one triple, one double, one RBI and two runs.

The Bruins scored one run in the top of the first, before Arizona State took a 2-1 lead in the third inning.

UCLA plated two runs in the top of the fifth to secure a 3-2 advantage With Jeff Gelalich at third base, Giovinazzo doubled down the right-field line and moved to third on a fielding error by Newman. A single up the middle on a two-out, two-strike count by Beau Amaral scored Giovinazzo.

The Sun Devils recaptured the lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to lead, 6-3. Deven Marrero led off with a double to right field, moved to third base by tagging up on a fly out to center field and scored on Joey DeMichele’s single through the left side. With two outs, Newman belted a two-run home run to right field. Later in the frame, Johnny Ruettiger drew a bases-loaded walk to send home Carrillo.

Arizona State added one run with two outs on a run-scoring double by Newman in the sixth inning and scored one pair of runs in the seventh to assume a 9-3 cushion.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Trevor Brown grounded a two-run single through the left side of the infield, sending home Cody Keefer and Pat Valaika.

The Sun Devils added one run off two hits in the bottom of the eighth inning.

UCLA returns to action at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional beginning Friday, June 3. The NCAA Tournament’s 16 Regional host sites were announced earlier on Sunday. The entire 64-team tournament field will be announced Monday at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN.

Game Notes: In the final game of the regular season, UCLA surrendered a season-high in runs (10) and hits (18) … since the conference became the “Pac-10″ in baseball in 1979, UCLA has earned four conference championships (shared the Pac-10 title in 2000, won the title outright in 2011, 1986 and 1979) … the Bruins earned the first series victory (weekend series) at Arizona State since Oregon State won two of three at Packard Stadium in April 2008 … UCLA finished its regular season with a 9-4-1 record in weekend series (including a 7-2 mark in Pac-10 action).

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