One of the most improbable comebacks was completed by the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, a team that had been down to its last out in Game 2 of the Super Regionals against Cal State-Fullerton.
Down 6-5 in Game 2 on their home field in Los Angeles, having already lost Game 1 to the Titans, the Bruins took the lead on a two-run home run from Tyler Rahmatulla.
The Titans tied it in the bottom of the frame with a run of their own, but walks and key base hits gave the Bruins four runs and an 11-7 victory in 10 innings.
The stage was set for Game 3 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Cal State Fullerton is no stranger to the College World Series, having played in Super Regionals in 10 of the 12 seasons since the NCAA began the current format in 1999. The Titans won the title in 2004.
However, a two-hitter complete game by UCLA's Rob Rasmussen, a second-round pick by the Florida Marlins, stymied the Titans' powerful offense.
Nine strikeouts and just one walk later, the miracle comeback was complete with an 8-1 Bruins victory. Having received CPR in the form of an offensive attack, the Bruins punched their ticket to Omaha.
Although the Bruins were seeded sixth in the tournament, many felt CSUF had a solid chance of advancing, having two high draft picks on the roster.
Christian Colon, the Titans' shortstop, may have played his last game in a CSUF uniform, having been drafted fourth overall by the Kansas City Royals. His teammate, Gary Brown, was selected 24th overall by the San Fransisco Giants to be an outfielder.
However, the Titans' bats were largely ineffective against Bruins pitching, scoring just three runs in Games one and three.
The Bruins will face the two-seeded Florida Gators this weekend. The 2010 CWS marks just the third appearance for UCLA, a team that last reached the tournament in 1997. UCLA is winless in their last two tournament appearances.
The 2010 College World Series will begins June 19 in Omaha, Neb. This year marks the final time the tournament will be played in Rosenblatt Stadium.
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