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June 11, 1989 | GARY KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
The Wichita State baseball team came to the College World Series intent on proving that you don't have to play in a state with year-round sunshine to win the national championship. The Shockers, with all due respect to past champions from California, Arizona, Florida and Texas, were anxious to gain some national respect of their own. "All these warm-weather schools have won the Series year in and year out," Wichita State pitcher Greg Brummett said. "We just wanted to come in and show the people that the Midwest has got a baseball team.
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February 12, 2014 | By Gary Klein
To reach Omaha, where UCLA last season won its first College World Series title, the Bruins survived a Super Regional at Cal State Fullerton against a team that finished with one of the best records in the Titans' storied history. There could be another postseason showdown this season. Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in several preseason polls, UCLA between ninth and 15th. "They deserve to be No. 1," UCLA Coach John Savage said. "In terms of quality and depth, their pitching is just as good or better than it was last season.
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June 7, 1989 | GARY KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
The University of Miami entered the College World Series in peak form and ranked No. 1 in the country. But Tuesday night, Miami exited the eight-team tournament tied for fifth-place as Louisiana State defeated the Hurricanes, 6-3, and Wichita State beat Arkansas, 8-4, before a crowd of 14,000 at Rosenblatt Stadium. Two-time national champion Miami (49-18) and Arkansas (51-16) were eliminated, joining North Carolina and Cal State Long Beach, which were ousted earlier in the week.
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September 30, 2013
James Street Standout University of Texas quarterback James Street, 65, a former University of Texas quarterback who took over the Longhorns' wishbone offense and led them to the 1969 national championship, died Monday at his home in Austin, Texas, according to his longtime friend and business partner Bill Hall. The cause has not been determined. Street started the 1968 season as a backup but was made the starter after two games. He led Texas to 20 consecutive victories, including the "Game of the Century" - a come-from-behind, 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas to cap the 1969 regular season.
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June 5, 1989 | GARY KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
Ben McDonald has grown accustomed to the College World Series being the site of some of his least memorable moments as a pitcher for Louisiana State University. In 1987, three days after surrendering a game-winning home run against Oklahoma State, McDonald gave up a 10th-inning, bases-loaded grand slam to Stanford's Paul Carey that eliminated LSU from the tournament. On Saturday night, McDonald was tagged two, two-run homers that proved to be the difference in a 5-2 loss to Miami (Fla.
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June 13, 2009 | Gary Klein
What: 63rd NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha. When: Today-June 24. Opening games (all times PDT): Today -- Cal State Fullerton (47-14) vs. Arkansas (39-22), 11 a.m., ESPN; Louisiana State (51-16) vs. Virginia (48-13-1), 4 p.m., ESPN. Sunday -- Arizona State (49-12) vs. North Carolina (47-16), 11 a.m., ESPN; Southern Mississippi (40-24) vs. Texas (46-14-1), 4 p.m., ESPN2. (Double-elimination bracket play continues Monday through June 21.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
David Berg, UCLA's record-setting closer, doesn't seem like a guy who would stand for a cutesy nickname. And yes, this one is all of that. But really, is there a better nickname for him than "Ice"? Icing rallies, putting games on ice for the UCLA baseball team. It's what he's been doing for two years now -- at a pace never seen before. He has appeared in 50 games in each of his two seasons with the Bruins, an NCAA record. He has 24 saves this season, another record. And when asked about enjoying those records after Monday night's win over Mississippi State in Game 1 of a best-of-three-series for the national championship, he threw ice on his own party.
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June 25, 2009 | Wire Reports
Louisiana State, which two years ago wasn't good enough to qualify for its conference tournament, is the best team in college baseball again. The Tigers won their sixth national title Wednesday night, breaking open Game 3 of the College World Series finals with a five-run sixth inning that carried them to an 11-4 victory over Texas. Jared Mitchell hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Louisiana State (56-17) built a 4-0 lead.
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June 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA vs. North Carolina Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha. When: Friday, 5 p.m. PDT. Records: UCLA 46-17, North Carolina 59-11. TV: ESPN. Update: UCLA, undefeated in two World Series games, has a safety net. A victory sends the Bruins to the best-of-three World Series final. A loss forces a second game Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. That allows Coach John Savage options. He will hold back ace Adam Plutko, who is 6-0 in seven career postseason games.
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June 9, 2012 | By Gary Klein
UCLA is heading back to Omaha. The Bruins' 4-1 victory over Texas Christian on Saturday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium completed a two-game super-regional sweep, sending UCLA to the College World Series for the second time in three years. The eight-team World Series starts Friday at TD Ameritrade Park. TCU found out that it's difficult to win any game, let alone one on the road against the Bruins, with solo home runs. The Horned Frogs hit two Friday night and lost, 6-2. They hit another Saturday, but that wasn't enough to beat a UCLA team that utilized two sacrifice flies, a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball to close out the series.
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July 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In the Trinity League, where there is no shortage of athletic, tough players, get ready for the emergence of junior linebacker Jack Savage of Anaheim Servite as a defensive standout this season. He's 6 feet 2, 190 pounds and will probably end up playing tight end in college, but for Servite, he's going to be a defensive attacker. “He's so athletic,” Coach A.J. Gass said. “He's so natural at pass rushing, covering and filling the gap.” Savage's father is UCLA baseball Coach John Savage.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
OMAHA -- UCLA baseball, welcome to the crowd. UCLA had won plenty of national championships - 108 in the NCAA, 129 overall - but never one in baseball. Until Tuesday, when the Bruins beat Mississippi State, 8-0, to complete a sweep of five games at the College World Series. It was UCLA's third CWS appearance in four years, and it's clear the Bruins have mastered the new era in college baseball. Fifteen years ago, there were 62 home runs hit by the final eight teams in the NCAA tournament.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Only three teams in the history of the College World Series gave up one run or less in its first four CWS games. Arizona State did it in 1972 and Holy Cross in 1952. And UCLA this season. For the Bruins, that's simply the continuation of a trend. UCLA has given up one run or less in 21 of its 65 games, including the last five. At the College World Series, Bruins starters have pitched a total of 26 innings and given up just 16 hits, four walks and three earned runs. That's a 1.04 earned-run average.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
David Berg, UCLA's record-setting closer, doesn't seem like a guy who would stand for a cutesy nickname. And yes, this one is all of that. But really, is there a better nickname for him than "Ice"? Icing rallies, putting games on ice for the UCLA baseball team. It's what he's been doing for two years now -- at a pace never seen before. He has appeared in 50 games in each of his two seasons with the Bruins, an NCAA record. He has 24 saves this season, another record. And when asked about enjoying those records after Monday night's win over Mississippi State in Game 1 of a best-of-three-series for the national championship, he threw ice on his own party.
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June 24, 2013 | By Andrew Gastelum, Los Angeles Times
It figures to be his biggest game ever, but UCLA pitcher Adam Plutko still will eat his sandwich. The Bruins' ace fashions a daylong routine out of an Italian sub or anything with capicola in it, accompanied by playlists, alarm clocks and stretches. On the morning of a start, it creates a sense of normality. On the morning of the first game of the College World Series' best-of-three championship series against hot-hitting Mississippi State in Omaha, it will be anything but. "It's an all-day deal," said Plutko, a junior right-hander.
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June 22, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA baseball players get the weekend off to enjoy some honors. The Bruins play Mississippi State in the best-of-three College World Series final, which begins Monday. Two players who helped get the Bruins there were singled out Saturday. Reliever David Berg, whose 23 saves has tied the NCAA single-season record, and shortstop Pat Valaika were named to the All-West Region team. Valaika, who leads the team in home runs (five) and runs batted in (46), was also one of nine players named to the NCAA Rawlings Gold Glove team.
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June 13, 2013 | By Chris Foster
This is the College World Series? The eight-team tournament, which begins Saturday in Omaha, could be the 1975 NCAA basketball tournament. UCLA 1975: John Wooden's last title, as Bruins survive Louisville in semifinals. Richard Washington saves UCLA with jumper in overtime. UCLA 2013: Bruins looking for Coach John Savage's first title and could get Louisville final. Reliever David Berg saves games for them nightly. Louisville 1975: If only Terry Howard could make a free throw.
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June 14, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
The College World Series starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, with Mississippi State (48-18) and Oregon State (50-11) playing at noon PDT and Indiana (48-14) playing Louisville (51-12) at 5 p.m. UCLA (44-17) opens CWS play Sunday at 5 p.m. against Louisiana State (57-9), after North Carolina (57-10) and North Carolina State (49-14) play at noon. North Carolina, which is appearing in its sixth CWS in eight years, was the top-seeded team in what started as a 64-team tournament.
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June 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nothing comes easy for UCLA. The Bruins' Hamburger Helper offense had a little more meat to it Friday at Omaha. Top-seeded North Carolina was all but paws up in the ninth inning. Coach John Savage could relax - well, grimace less anyway - for those final three outs with lock-down closer David Berg on the mound. But that would have been boring. There were gyrations to perform before the Bruins could celebrate a 4-1 victory over the Tar Heels (59-12) that put them in the College World Series final.
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June 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA vs. North Carolina Where: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha. When: Friday, 5 p.m. PDT. Records: UCLA 46-17, North Carolina 59-11. TV: ESPN. Update: UCLA, undefeated in two World Series games, has a safety net. A victory sends the Bruins to the best-of-three World Series final. A loss forces a second game Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. That allows Coach John Savage options. He will hold back ace Adam Plutko, who is 6-0 in seven career postseason games.
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