UCLA weekend recap: Baseball wins series against Oregon, waits NCAA fate

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.

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Men’s tennis advances to Elite Eight

Maxime Cressy clinched UCLA’s 4-1 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament round of 16 on Thursday, sending the No. 5 Bruins to their sixth straight Elite Eight.

UCLA (22-5) will play host Georgia in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT after the No. 13 seed Bulldogs upset No. 4 USC in the Sweet 16.

After the Bruins won the doubles point, Evan Zhu scored an upset singles victory as he won in straight sets over Jordi Arconada, who is ranked 48th in the country, at No. 2 singles.

Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets at No. 6 before Cressy’s 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles sealed UCLA’s spot in the next round.

Men’s tennis advances to Sweet 16

The UCLA men’s tennis team cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament without its top singles player, sweeping Army on Friday and Ole Miss on Saturday at home to advance to the Sweet 16.

Junior Martini Redlicki clinched both of UCLA’s wins with two straight-set victories at No. 1 singles after he was elevated to the top spot due to a season-ending injury to senior Gage Brymer. The Bruins didn’t drop a single set during the entire weekend.

No. 5 UCLA (21-5) will play No. 12 Texas A&M in Athens, Ga., on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT.  The Bruins are playing for their first NCAA team title since 2005.

UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald doubles up on national titles

UCLA’s Mackenzie McDonald became the first NCAA men’s tennis player to win singles and doubles national titles in the same year since 2001 on Monday, defeating No. 1 seed Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State in the singles final before teaming with Martin Redlicki to win the doubles title.

McDonald is the first player to achieve the title two-step since Georgia’s Matias Boeker. It’s the first time since 1971 that UCLA has swept both titles when Jimmy Connors won the singles crowd and Jeff Borowiak and Haroon Rahim claimed the doubles title.

McDonald, the No. 6 seed in the singles tournament, only gave up one set en route to his national title, the 12th singles title for UCLA men’s tennis and the second in three years.

Redlicki and McDonald won UCLA’s first doubles title since 1996 (Justin Gimelstob and Srdjan Muskatirovic).

UCLA weekend wrap-up: Softball advances to Super Regional

The UCLA softball team went undefeated at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional this past weekend to advance to the Super Regional. After a regional-championship-clinching victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, the Bruins advanced to play Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in a three-game series that starts Saturday.

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