June 26, 2013 |
UCLA believes it is a worthy national champion, the best college baseball team in the nation. But Coach John Savage wasn't thinking that way a couple of weeks ago, when the Bruins were preparing to meet Cal State Fullerton in a best-of-three-games NCAA Super Regional at Fullerton's Goodwin Field. He thought Fullerton might be better. In fact, he thought the Big West Conference champion Titans just might have been the best team in the country. “It was a tough road,” Savage said Tuesday night at a post-game news conference after UCLA finished a five-game College World Series sweep with an 8-0 rout of Mississippi State.
June 9, 2013 |
UCLA Coach John Savage was as giddy as his typically stoic demeanor would allow after his team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series. "Whenever you get to Fullerton and win two games, beating what I think is the best team in the country, it says a lot about your character," Savage said. Fans of Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Louisiana State might disagree about Fullerton's being the best team, but Savage's excitement was understandable.
June 7, 2013 |
This is what UCLA batters do. They scrap and scuffle and on most days they get enough done. The Bruins could use the 5-3 super-regional victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday as a training video. Sophomore Eric Filia could star in it. Filia flicked a single to right that broke a 3-3 tie in the 10th inning at Goodwin Field, and when UCLA reliever David Berg threw his 54th and final pitch to strike out Michael Lorenzen, the Bruins were one victory away from going to the College World Series.
June 6, 2013
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton What: NCAA super-regional. Where: Goodwin Field, Fullerton. When: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday (if necessary), 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Tickets: Friday and Saturday games are sold out. Tickets for Sunday's game (if necessary) will be sold from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at fullertontitans.com. Remaining tickets will be sold at box office starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10-20.
June 6, 2013 |
UCLA pitcher David Berg unlocked the gate to the bullpen at Jackie Robinson Stadium. He took a seat along the rail, staring out at the field. Welcome to the office of Kaprielian, Weiss and Berg. Their motto? "We lock things down," Berg said. James Kaprielian, Zack Weiss and Berg form one of the best bullpen combinations in the nation, UCLA's 1-2-3 finishing kick. Some say it's the best … ever. "It rivals any bullpen at any point in college baseball history," said San Diego Coach Rich Hill, whose team was eliminated by the Bruins in regional play Sunday.
June 5, 2013 |
Jason Dietrich always wanted to put on Cal State Fullerton pinstripes. He cheered for the Titans baseball team as a teenager, and visualized himself as a player jogging onto Goodwin Field to an ovation one day. That dream didn't materialize. But at 39, Dietrich is finally wearing those pinstripes and has played a major behind-the-scenes role for a Fullerton team that is among college baseball's best. As pitching coach, Dietrich guides one of the game's stingiest - and youngest - staffs.
June 3, 2013 |
Behind eight efficient innings from freshman pitcher Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton booked a date in the super-regionals with UCLA for the fourth times in the last seven postseasons. Despite sitting in the visitor's dugout in their home stadium, the Titans (51-8) looked right at home in a comfortable 6-1 win over Arizona State on a brisk Sunday night at Goodwin Field. “We took advantage of what they did wrong and played the way we play,” Titans Coach Rick Vanderhook said.
June 2, 2013 |
Just one year ago, Cal State Fullerton right-hander Justin Garza was busy finishing his senior year at Bonita High in La Verne by winning a Southern Section Division 3 title. From CIF to NCAA tournament in a matter of months, Garza made it look like high school all over again, going 8 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over nationally ranked Arizona State on Saturday night at Goodwin Field in Fullerton. The victory has the Titans (50-8) one win away from an NCAA super regional, a date they can set with a victory Sunday night.
May 31, 2013 |
Cal State Fullerton took the first step Friday night toward what it hopes will be a return to the College World Series, defeating Columbia, 4-1, by using a familiar and simple formula: Score early and ride stellar pitching the rest of the way. Titans right-hander Grahamm Wiest delivered his best performance of the season, pitching a three-hitter, his first complete game of the year. And third baseman Matt Chapman homered, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Titans. "We're good at formulating a plan and sticking to it," Chapman said.