The 2018-19 NCAA Baseball season was long and arduous for the University of California, Los Angeles baseball team, but the hard work and perseverance has paid off, as the team comes out on top as the top overall seed in the NCAA Baseball Championships set to begin Friday.
For the first time in program history, the Pac-12 Champions won every series they played this year, finishing the regular season with a 10-game winning streak to hold a 47-8 overall record and being awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
The Bruins rounded out the regular season with a batting average of .294 and were inside the top 10 in fielding, hits allowed through nine innings and shutouts. Leading the nation in earned run average (ERA) boasting a 2.59 team ERA, the Burins top throwers: Ryan Garcia and Jack Ralston combine to be a perfect 20-0 this year.
Their bullpen is pretty handy; Nathan Hadley finished with an 8-1 record and closer Holden Powell led the Pac-12 Conference with 16 saves. The Bruins’ arms get 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings with a 3.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Backing up the throwing with some hitting, UCLA averages 6.6 runs scored per game and has multiple batters hitting over .300 and has been atop the Division 1 standings for the past 10 weeks as they head into the NCAA Tournament and will open up play against Nebraska-Omaha (31-22-1 overall) who is making their first Division 1 tournament appearance.
The Bruins are the top-overall seed in the Los Angeles Regional and will host the Mavericks on the UCLA campus. The game will be aired on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. on Friday.