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UCLA Wins First College World Series Title In A Sweep

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UCLA defeated Mississippi State 8-0 in Game 2 of the finals to secure their first College World Series title.

UCLA Wins First College World Series Title In A Sweep

On Tuesday June 25, the UCLA Bruins claimed their first College World Series title in an 8-0 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The two-game sweep final round attracted one of the largest crowds TD Ameritrade Park has seen. In the eyes of the Bruins baseball former and current players and staff, the victory was long overdue. 

The Bruins pitching held up in the finals only allowing one Mississippi State run in two games. UCLA built a 5-0 lead in the first four innings, three of their players were hit by pitches, and the team was able to get ahead of the Bulldogs as they used three Mississippi fielding errors (two on a first inning bunt) to their advantage. The Bruins scored on two sacrifice flies and a bunt.

Bruins pitcher Nick Vander Tuig threw eight innings in the final game of the World Series. His teammate David Berg closed out the game and in his 51st appearance on the mound tied an NCAA record one night after he notched his record-breaking 24th save.

In the postseason, the Bruins boasted a sparkling 10-0 recored, and gave up a mere four runs in 45 CWS innings.  They also managed super-regional shutout of Cal State Fullerton to clinch the trip to the CWS this year. 

The UCLA Bruins fantastic season was one that a program like UCLA's was long overdue. The Division I school, known for being collegiate champions in numerous other sports, finally has a baseball title.

"We did it the right way," Coach John Savage, who has been with the UCLA program since 2005, said. "We pitched. We played defense. We had quality offense. Opportunistic offense, for sure. And at the end of the day, we outlasted everybody."

Keep your eye out for these UCLA Baseball players who were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft: 

In nine seasons as UCLA's head coach, 61 UCLA players have been selected in the MLB Draft under Savage. 23 of those players were drafted within the first 10 rounds. Eight high school players who committed to UCLA this coming year were also selected in the draft. 

Congratulations to the Division I College World Series champions, the UCLA Bruins!

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