2012 Los Angeles Super Regional

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2. UCLA Bruins

Los Angeles, California

Automatic bid – won Pac-12 title, won Los Angeles Regional

2012 Record: 20-10, 45-14 (tied for first in Pac-12)

Head Coach: John Savage (Nevada, 1991)

Record at school: 272-205, 8 years

Overall record: 360-289-1, 11 years

Assistant Coaches: Rex Peters, T.J. Bruce, Jake Silverman

Team Offense: .312 BA, 374 R, 23 HR, .403 SLG%, .398 OB%, 60-94 SB

Team Pitching: 3.18 ERA, 526 IP, 468 H, 223 BB, 397 K

Top Hitters: Jeff Gelalich (.372/11/46/15-19 SB), Tyler Heineman (.351/1/26), Cody Keefer (.342/0/35/12 2B), Trevor Brown (.322/3/50/13 2B), Beau Amaral (.320/4/45/13-19 SB), Kevin Williams (.313/2/19)

Top Pitchers: Ryan Deeter (1-0, 0.94, 28.2 IP, 18 H, 16 BB, 25 K), David Berg (5-3, 1.71, 63.1 IP, 39 H, 16 BB, 54 K), Adam Plutko (10-3, 2.56, 105.2 IP, 79 H, 43 BB, 85 K), Scott Griggs (3-1, 2.70, 15 SV, 36.2 IP, 23 H, 31 BB, 64 K), Zack Weiss (3-2, 4.04, 69 IP, 72 H, 29 BB, 44 K), Grant Watson (9-2, 4.41, 85.2 IP, 89 H, 31 BB, 44 K), Nick Vander Tuig (9-3, 4.53, 97.1 IP, 110 H, 23 BB, 64 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (2-2 in Los Angeles Regional)

Notes: UCLA went 3-0 in winning the Los Angeles Regional. Jeff Gelalich homered twice and drove in four in the championship game. Gelalich had almost have of his team’s home runs, as he has belted 11 of the squad’s 23 dingers. The Bruins have won seven straight and 14 of their past 15 contests. UCLA reached the Super Regionals for the fourth time and will host for the second time. The Bruins took two of three at home from Cal State Fullerton in the 2010 Los Angeles Super Regional to advance to the College World Series. UCLA went 2-1 against TCU in bracket play in Omaha in 2010 and lost to South Carolina in the CWS Championship Series. Beau Amaral is the son of former Major Leaguer Rich Amaral. UCLA had six players selected on Day 2 of the 2012 MLB Draft: Beau Amaral (Cincinnati, 7th round), Tyler Heineman (Houston, 8th round), Scott Griggs (LA Dodgers, 8th round), Trevor Brown (San Francisco, 10th round), Eric Jaffe (Chicago White Sox, 11th round) and Cody Keefer (Miami, 15th round).


TCU Horned Frogs

Fort Worth, Texas

At-large bid from Mountain West, Won College Station Regional

2012 record: 18-6, 40-20 (Tied for first)

Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle (Elon, 1992)

Record at School: 389-172 (nine years)

Overall Record: 465-220 (11 years)

Assistant Coaches: Randy Mazey, Tony Vitello, Chuck Jeroloman

Team Offense: .272 BA, 357 R, 36 HR, .390 SLG%, .361 OBP%, 63-94 SB

Team Pitching: 3.33 ERA, 538.1 IP, 492 H, 177 BB, 432 K

Top Hitters: Kevin Cron (.350/6/34), Jantzen Witte (.318/3/22), Josh Elander (.316/10/42/14-21 SB), Jerrick Suiter (.314/0/20), Kyle Von Tungeln (.301/2/24/12-17 SB), Derek Odell (.283/4/26)

Top Pitchers: Preston Morrison (9-1, 1.98, 1 SV, 109.2 IP, 84 H, 11 BB, 71 K); Justin Scharf (4-2, 2.68, 4 SV, 47 IP, 47 H, 13 BB, 30 K); Kevin Allen (5-3, 2.97, 5 SV, 30.1 IP, 23 H, 17 BB, 43 K); Brandon Finnegan (4-4, 3.30, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 28 BB, 52 K); Stefan Crichton (9-2, 3.41, 95 IP, 103 H, 18 BB, 53 K); Andrew Mitchell (5-3, 3.93, 73.1 IP, 52 H, 43 BB, 97 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (1-2 at the Fort Worth Regional)

Notes: TCU lost its opening Regional game and won four straight to advance to its third Super Regional in the past four years. Justin Scharf picked up two wins and a save to earn tourney MVP honors. The Horned Frogs had 26 home runs in their first 55 games, but belted 10 in five Regional contests. TCU is in the tourney field for the ninth straight year, one of 10 teams that can boast that, and 11th time overall. The Horned Frogs failed to win the MWC automatic bid for the second straight year (they’ve won six of nine tourneys). With the Regional win, TCU extended its 40-win-season streak to six under Jim Scholssnagle, the 2010 NCBWA coach of the year. Freshman Preston Morrison made history as the league Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year – he lost his first game in the conference tourney and ranks among the nation’s leaders in WHIP (third at 0.87) and is eighth in the nation in K/BB ratio (6.45). Sophomore Andrew Mitchell ranks fifth in the nation in Ks per 9 (12.01). Kevin Cron doubled his home run total for the season during the Regional, belting three to raise his total to six. The Horned Frogs will be without senior Jason Coats, a career .336 hitter entering this year who was leading the team in most categories. He suffered a torn ACL in the final regular season game on May 20.