June 6, 2010
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Regis Powers Bruins
Past Anteaters for Regional Title
By Ryan Eshoff
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Ryan Eshoff is a rising junior at UCLA, a native
of San Jose, and has seen more of California than is
recommended. He has been on the sports staff of the Daily Bruin
newspaper his entire UCLA career, spending the last year as an
assistant sports editor and preparing to become a senior writer.
He has covered the entire breadth of Bruin sports and considers
himself, for better or worse, the world's foremost expert on
UCLA water polo. In his less than copious amounts of free time,
Ryan fights the East Coast bias and roots rabidly for the San
Jose Sharks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers
while wishing there was an NBA franchise in the Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES - This weekend just might have
been Cody Regis's coming-out party. It certainly was in the
The freshman third baseman from UCLA capped a
superb Los Angeles regional with a three-run home run in the
eighth inning to help the Bruins pull away from UC Irvine for a
6-2 win and a regional victory.
"The ballgame was a tight ballgame," UCLA coach
John Savage said. "Really the three-run homer was the
Regis, who went 2 for 3 on Friday and homered on
Saturday, came up with two men on and nobody out in the eighth
inning and UCLA clinging to a 3-2 lead. After a discussion with
hitting coach Rick Vanderhook before the at-bat, he belted the
first pitch he saw from UC Irvine pitcher Matt Summers over the
right-centerfield wall to seal the victory.
"(Vanderhook) came over to me, talked to me
before the at-bat and said he was going to throw that
first-pitch fastball," Regis said. "And I jumped on it."
Until Regis's blast, the story of the game was
starting pitching, particularly that of UCLA. Junior Rob
Rasmussen gave up two solo home runs but not much else in six
quality innings. The Bruins put up three runs in the first three
innings but were shut out for the subsequent four.
Rasmussen struck out seven and walked none in
picking up his 10th victory of the year.
UC Irvine got a longball apiece from leftfielder
Drew Hillman and designated hitter Jordan Leyland, but didn't
muster much else against Rasmussen and the UCLA bullpen. It was
a quick turnaround for the Anteaters after they defeated LSU
earlier on Sunday.
"I think our guys really gave a good account of
ourselves and really competed and played well," said UC Irvine
coach Mike Gillespie, who added that he didn't feel his team
showed any signs of fatigue against UCLA.
"I certainly didn't see (that they were tired) by
the way they went about it," he said. "I think every guy played
With the victory, UCLA advances to next weekend's
Super Regional round, in which they will again be the host. The
Bruins will play the winner of the Fullerton Region, which is
down to Cal State Fullerton and Minnesota.
The Titans beat the Bruins at Jackie Robinson
Stadium earlier this season, although UCLA has now won nine of
10 at home.
Sunday night's win was also historic for the UCLA
program, which set a record for wins in a season with 46.
"It's quite an accomplishment," Savage said. "I
think this team's on a mission, on a journey. I think we have
the big picture ahead of us. These guys are focused at the task
and know what the big goal is."
Savage acknowledge that he sees something
different in this group of Bruins, something aside from their
obvious strengths like patience at the plate and starting
"There's a sense of ownership, a sense of
togetherness," he said. "There's chemistry. The guys really
enjoy being around each other."
The Bruins' successful regular season is what
ensured that no one would be leaving their home ballpark anytime
soon. Not even Cody Regis.