2010 Los Angeles Super Regional

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


6. UCLA Bruins

Los Angeles, California

At-large bid from the Pac-10, Won Los Angeles Regional

2010 record: 18-9, 46-13 (second in Pac-10)

Head coach:  John Savage (Nevada, 1991)

Record at school: 169-163, 6 years

Overall record: 275-247-1, 9 years

Assistant coaches: Rick Vanderhook, Steve Pearse, P.C. Shaw

Team offense: .309 BA, 416 R, 56 HR, .465 SLG%, .403 OB %, 89/118 SB

Team pitching: 2.94 ERA, 536 IP, 436 H, 183 BB, 611 K

Top hitters: Dean Espy (.366/8/48), Beau Amaral (.353/3/25), Blair Dunlap (.330/5/23/20 2B), Justin Uribe (.327/2/26), Tyler Rahmatulla (.326/6/41/17 2B/13-20 SB), Cody Keefer (.318/2/31), Cody Regis (.311/6/40/16 2B), Brett Krill (.290/7/36/13 2B), Niko Gallego (.261/3/28/13 2B/16 HBP/21-22 SB), Steve Rodriguez (.261/8/35)

Top pitchers: Dan Klein (5-0, 9 SV, 2.03 ERA, 44.1 IP, 35 H, 8 BB, 48 K), Garett Claypool (8-3, 2.05 ERA, 79 IP, 46 H, 19 BB, 72 K), Trevor Bauer (10-3, 2.72 ERA, 109.1 IP, 102 H, 35 BB, 135 K), Rob Rasmussen (10-2, 2.90 ERA, 90 IP, 74 H, 27 BB, 108 K), Gerrit Cole (10-2, 3.11 ERA, 101.1 IP, 71 H, 47 BB, 131 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2008 (2-2 in Fullerton Regional)

Notes: The Bruins are making their third Super Regional appearance and are looking for their first win. UCLA was 0-2 at LSU in 2000 and 0-2 at Cal State Fullerton in 2007. The Bruins have not been to Omaha since 1997. UCLA has three starters with 10 victories and more than 100 strikeouts each. The Bruins have set a school record with 46 wins and a Pac-10 record with 611 strikeouts, passing ASU’s mark of 608 a year ago. The team ERA is second nationally and its strikeouts per nine innings of 10.3 leads the nation. The Bruins had 11 players selected in the MLB draft, led by Rob Rasmussen by Florida in the second round and Dan Klein by Baltimore in the third round.


Cal State Fullerton Titans

Fullerton, California

Automatic bid – won Big West Conference regular season title, Won Fullerton Regional

2010 record: 21-3, 45-16 (first in Big West)

Head coach: Dave Serrano (Trinity College, 2003)

Record at school: 133-54, 3 years

Overall record: 247-120-1, 6 years

Assistant coaches: Sergio Brown, Greg Bergeron, Gregg Wallis

Team offense: .343 BA, 481 R, 64 HR, .526 SLG%, .411 OB%, 109-153 SB

Team pitching: 3.70 ERA, 544.2 IP, 538 H, 144 BB, 478 K

Top hitters: Gary Brown (.438/6/41/31-36 SB), Corey Jones (.378/9/54), Carlos Lopez (.372/7/50), Nick Ramirez (.360/16/73/28 2B), Christian Colon (.358/16/6712-18 SB), Tyler Pill (.353/7/41), Billy Marcoe (.337/3/31)

Top pitchers: Noe Ramirez (11-1, 2.63, 99.1 IP, 86 H, 17 BB, 106 K), Dylan Floro (7-1, 3.08, 2 SV, 84.2 IP, 94 H, 10 BB, 65 K), Nick Ramirez (1-3, 10 SV, 3.29, 41 IP, 36 H, 7 BB, 36 K), Tyler Pill (4-4, 3.36, 61.2 IP, 54 H, 13 BB, 58 K), Daniel Renken (12-2, 3.95, 100.1 IP, 102 H, 37 BB, 88 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Fullerton Regional, 2-0 at Fullerton Super Regional, 0-2 at College World Series)

Notes: This is the Titans’ 19th straight NCAA tournament appearance, which is the third-longest active streak in the country, behind Miami (38) and Florida State (33). Fullerton has now been a Regional host site nine times since 2000. The Titans are in a Super Regional for the 10th time. Fullerton is the only school to be in a Super Regional each of the past eight years. The Titans were 2-0 a season ago against Louisville in the Fullerton Super Regional to advance to the CWS. In Dave Serrano’s first three years as a head coach at Cal State Fullerton, he has won the 2008 and 2010 Big West championships, two Regional championships and a 2009 Super Regional championship. Now he and the Titans have the chance to make the program’s 17th trip to Omaha. The school record for team batting average is .338, and this year’s team has a chance to top that mark with a current batting average of .343. Four national player of the year awards include Titans on their watch lists: the Johnny Bench Award (senior Billy Marcoe), the Golden Spikes Award (juniors Christian Colon and Gary Brown), the College Baseball Foundation’s National Player of the Year Award (sophomore Noe Ramirez) and the College Baseball Foundation’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award (sophomores Tyler Pill and Nick Ramirez). Colon played for the 2008 and 2009 USA National Baseball Teams and in 2009, he became the first-ever captain of the Collegiate National Team. Brown has multiple ties to the Titans – his high school coach was former Cal State Fullerton outfielder Rich Gonzalez and his younger sister Torrie is a current member of the school’s volleyball team. Pill’s brother Brett played for the Titans from 2004-2006 and is now playing in the San Francisco Giants farm system. Brothers Brock and Dylan Floro, a junior and freshman, are both currently playing for the Titans.