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


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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Trevor Bauer: Part Doc Brown, Part Doc Halladay

Trevor Bauer is an enigma, hard to figure out but forthcoming with his opinions.

A sportswriter’s dream.

I enjoyed writing this story on Bauer because he is not only a fascinating character study, but a ruthless competitor, never satisfied with his play and always hungry for the next bit of intel. He is a truly mad scientist, as his study habits and attention to detail bely a voracious appetite for victory.

He moved to 12-2 with a 7-0 win over Arizona State on Saturday, a 14-strikeout, five-hit masterpiece that gave UCLA at least a share of the Pac-10 championship. It was Bauer’s eighth straight complete game and third shutout of the season, and he now has a nation-leading 189 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA.

Hope you enjoy the story: Check it out

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UCLA baseball to host NCAA playoff regional

The UCLA baseball team was just announced as one of 16 hosts for the upcoming NCAA Division I Baseball Championship regionals. The Bruins also hosted a regional, and subsequent super-regional, on their way to a College World Series runner-up finish.

The Bruins are surging at the right time, having won six-of-eight after dropping three straight, including consecutive wins over Arizona State. Coupled with four straight Oregon State losses, that has propelled UCLA to the top of the Pac-10 with at least a share of the conference title, the team’s first since 2000.

The fact that the Bruins, who have the lowest win-loss record among the 16 regional hosts, were selected to host along with the Sun Devils and Beavers and nearby rival Cal State Fullerton, speaks to the strength of the conference. It doesn’t hurt that the Bruins have perhaps the toughest 1-2 punch in the nation in Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.

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UCLA clinches share of Pac-10 title with back-to-back wins at ASU

In a season of ups and downs, the UCLA baseball team is going up, up, up at just the right time.

Behind Gerrit Cole on Friday night and Trevor Bauer on Saturday, the Bruins have won two straight at Arizona State, guaranteeing at least a share of the Pac-10 title, the team’s first since 2000.

Tonight, Bauer – who I feature in tomorrow’s Daily News in an 95-inch feature (Yay for newsprint! Yay for space!) – was masterful once more, moving to 12-2 with his eighth straight complete game, a 14-strikeout, five-hit, one-walk demolition of the Sun Devils. It was Bauer’s third shutout of the year in his 14th career complete game, as the Bruins became the first team since April 2008 to take a series in Tempe from ASU, which had won four straight conference titles.

Fabulous freshman Adam Plutko takes the mound tomorrow with a chance to win the conference title outright, though the Bruins can do no worse than a tie for first. Plutko is 6-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings.

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Pac-10(12) launches online logo poll for Pac-12 championship

From UCLA:

The Pac-10 has launched Make Your Pick, an online logo poll that is literally giving college football fans a chance to leave their mark on the 2011 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, it was announced today.

With polling beginning Friday, May 27 at, fans will choose between four logos to determine which mark the Conference uses for its inaugural Football Championship Game December 2 on Fox. The four-day contest ends Monday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. PT and the logo with the most votes will become the official mark for the game and will be seen on the field, on television and on championship game merchandise. The winning logo will be revealed Tuesday, May 31.

“With our championship game being played on one of our campuses, we already know the fans are going to have a huge impact on the game come December,” Pac-10 Chief Marketing Officer Danette Leighton said. “We are very thankful to the fans and alumni that make up the Pac-12 and we thought this would be a fun way to get them involved early and help influence the first-ever Pac-12 Football Championship game.”

With the addition of the University of Colorado and the University of Utah, the Pac-10 officially becomes the Pac-12 on July 1, 2011 and will host its inaugural football championship game December 2 on the home field of the top team in the conference standings. Fox will televise the game. The 2011 season kicks off Thursday, September 1.

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