The UCLA Bruins opened play in Omaha with a dominant victory and the team will continue to roll all the way to a national championship.
The tournament’s No. 2 seed crushed Stony Brook 9-1 to start its campaign. Stony Brook was one of the big surprises in the field at the College World Series, and the Bruins proved that they are in a different class from the underdogs.
UCLA showed discipline, poise and polish all the way through the win. This team does not attempt to do anything flashy. The Bruins do not make mistakes and always get results.
Coach John Savage said after the big opening win, “It was a typical Bruin win. Nothing fancy—no big home runs or anything. It was just more kind of plate discipline, using the middle of the field,” via Brian M. Ayers of the New York Times.
UCLA is 48-14 on the season and they have been red hot recently. The win against Stony Brook was the team’s 20th victory in its last 22 games.
Omaha may be a long way from Westwood, but the Bruins have been excellent playing away from home this season. In games on the road or at neutral sites, UCLA is now 21-4 on the season, which is the best record in the nation, per UCLABruins.com.
UCLA’s next game is against Arizona, who equaled the Bruins' Pac-12 record of 20-10 during the regular season.
Which team will win the national championship?
The two teams played one series against each other in the conference schedule. The Bruins took two out of the three games in Tuscon, but outscored the Wildcats 25-7, including a 15-run explosion in the second game.
UCLA has Arizona’s number and they will get a second convincing win in Omaha. After two dominant victories, the Bruins will be filled with confidence and have plenty of momentum behind them.
When a team this talented is playing this well, it will be impossible to stop. The Bruins will continue their excellent form all the way through the action in Omaha.
Everything is falling into place at the right time for UCLA. This is the year the Bruins’ baseball program will win its first national championship.