Pitcher Griffin Canning became the sixth pitcher in UCLA history to record 300 career strikeouts on Friday, but the Bruins lost 3-2 to Texas in the first round of the NCAA Long Beach Regional. (Photo by Don Liebig/UCLA Athletics)
Despite an outing that put Griffin Canning among the UCLA greats, the Bruins lost a tight 3-2 game to Texas in the first round of the Long Beach Regional on Friday at Blair Field.
Canning had six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings as he became just the sixth UCLA pitcher to reach 300 career strikeouts. The junior has 301 for his career and was the first Bruin to eclipse the mark since Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole finish their careers in 2011.
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Two errors in the seventh inning and two-out walk in the eighth cost the Bruins in the close game as the Longhorns scored once in each inning. Continue reading “Griffin Canning reaches 300 strikeouts, but UCLA baseball drops NCAA opener” »
Jon Olsen progression into a reliable third starter has helped UCLA return to the NCAA tournament this year. (Photo courtesy Katie Meyers/UCLA Athletics)
Brett Stephens‘ days as a Bruin are winding down. But the senior left fielder is set on making these final days last as long as possible.
“We’re really proud of this team for getting to postseason because it’s hard to do,” he said before UCLA’s NCAA tournament opener against Texas on Friday at 4 p.m. “But we’re not done yet.”
The Bruins are the third seed in the Long Beach Regional. Host Long Beach State and San Diego State play in the second first-round game Friday at 8 p.m.
First baseman Sean Bouchard and pitchers Griffin Canning and Jon Olsen were named All-Pac-12 on Thursday. Canning will take the mound Friday in the regional opener after he was also named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
Olsen’s progression as a reliable third starter was a major catalyst for UCLA’s return to the postseason, head coach Jon Savage said. The 6-foot-3 righty was 6-0 in Pac-12 play.
Bouchard leads the team with 43 RBIs and nine home runs while hitting .305. It was the junior’s first all-conference honor.
Here’s the weekend schedule for the Long Beach Regional at Blair Field: Continue reading “UCLA baseball starts NCAA tournament in Long Beach Regional” »
UCLA won’t have to travel far for its ninth postseason appearance since 2006.
The Bruins earned the No. 3 seed in the Long Beach Regional for the NCAA tournament when the field of 64 was announced during Monday’s selection show.
After missing postseason play last year, UCLA (30-25) finished third in the Pac-12 and 51st in RPI.
UCLA will play Texas (37-22) in the first round of the four-team, double-elimination regional tournament on Friday at Blair Field at 4 p.m. Big West champion Long Beach State (37-17-1) will face Mountain West champion San Diego State (41-19) at 8 p.m. in the first round. Both games will be on ESPN2.
“It’s a cliche, but I think it is truly, if not the strongest regional in the field, it’s certainly one of them,” UCLA head coach John Savage said of the Long Beach Regional.
The only regional team the Bruins have a win against this year is host Long Beach State. UCLA outlasted the Dirtbags 2-1 in 11 innings on April 18 and then won 5-1 on April 25, but got swept in a three-game series by Texas in March and lost both games against San Diego State. The Aztecs won 5-4 in April at home, then scored four unanswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings for an 8-6 comeback win at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Jon Olsen pitched a career-high 8 innings while allowing just one run to help UCLA clinch a series win over Oregon to finish the regular season. (Photo courtesy UCLA athletics)
Now the Bruins wait.
UCLA baseball took two of three from Oregon in its final regular-season series and awaits Monday’s NCAA selection show, which starts at 9 a.m. UPDATE: UCLA made the cut and earned the No. 3 seed in the Long Beach Regional.
The Bruins (30-25, 19-11 Pac-12) are ranked 51st in RPI after finishing third in the Pac-12. They’re hoping to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
A stellar performance from pitcher Jon Olsen in Saturday’s regular-season finale helped seal UCLA’s series victory. The sophomore pitched a career-high 8 innings, allowing four hits and one run with eight strikeouts. Sean Bouchard and Michael Toglia led the Bruins offensively with three RBIs each. Leadoff hitter Brett Stephens when 4 for 6 at the plate.
Griffin Canning pitched a complete-game shutout in Thursday’s opener as the junior struck out 10 while UCLA won 6-0. The Santa Margarita High graduate has 10 or more strikeouts in six of his past seven starts. The Bruins then dropped a pitchers duel Friday, losing 2-1, before winning the series Saturday.
Elsewhere in UCLA athletics: Continue reading “UCLA weekend recap: Baseball wins series against Oregon, waits NCAA fate” »
UCLA head coach John Savage (center) honored his four seniors Brett Stephens (far left), Moises Ceja (second from left), Nick Kern (second from right) and Scott Burke (far right), before the team’s final home game Sunday. (Photo courtesy UCLA athletics)
With the postseason inching ever closer, the UCLA baseball team swept an important series against Utah at home to remain in third place in the Pac-12 standings.
The Bruins (28-23, 17-10 Pac-12) are still one game behind second-place Stanford after the Cardinal swept Washington last weekend. Oregon State has already clinched the Pac-12 title.
While celebrating the team’s seniors during their final collegiate home stand, the underclassmen stood out for the Bruins. In the series opener Friday, freshman Jack Stronach went 2 for 3 with a solo home run and three RBIs in UCLA’s 7-3 win. On Saturday, fellow freshmen Chase Strumpf and Michael Toglia drove in all of UCLA’s runs in its 5-3 victory as Strumpf hit a grand slam and Toglia drew a bases-loaded walk. Sophomore Daniel Amaral went 4 for 4 in Sunday’s 8-3 win to help UCLA clinch its third Pac-12 sweep this year.
The Bruins have four regular-season games left, starting with a midweek game at UC Irvine on Tuesday before finishing with a three-game road series against Oregon.
Elsewhere in UCLA athletics:
- Men’s tennis lost 4-2 to Georgia in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in a weather-delayed match that took nearly eight hours in total. The No. 5 Bruins won the doubles point, but lost a critical first-set tiebreaker at No. 6 singles that left the door open for the Bulldogs to come back. The teams split the six first sets 3-3, and No. 13 Georgia, playing on its home courts, took advantage of the UCLA slip-up to grab singles wins at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 to advance to the Final Four. Martin Redlicki, who won his singles match at No. 1, will compete as an individual in the NCAA Singles Championships and pair with Evan Zhu in the Doubles Championships.