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2013 CWS Championship Series Capsules


Mississippi State Bulldogs

Starkville, Mississippi

At-large bid from SEC, won Starkville Regional, won Charlottesville Super Regional

2013 record: 16-14, 51-18 (third in SEC West)

Head coach: John Cohen (Mississippi State, 1990)

Record at school: 177-129, 5 years

Overall record: 498-325-1, 14 years

Assistant coaches: Butch Thompson, Nick Mingione, Tyler Bratton

Team offense: .297 BA, 413 R, 30 HR, .391 SLG%, .386 OB%, 58-78 SB

Team pitching: 2.75 ERA, 625.1 IP, 515 H, 230 BB, 571 K

Top hitters: Adam Frazier (.358/0/38/20 2B), Hunter Renfroe (.355/16/65/16 2B), Alex Detz (.320/1/31/14 2B), Brett Pirtle (.312/2/33/9-9 SB), Wes Rea (.300/7/40/12 2B)

Top pitchers: Jonathan Holder (2-0, 1.31, 18 SV, 48 IP, 25 H, 15 BB, 83 K), Ross Mitchell (12-0, 1.35, 2 SV, 86.2 IP, 63 H, 26 BB, 43 K), Chad Girodo (8-1, 1.38, 45.2 IP, 37 H, 16 BB, 63 K), Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.14, 103.1 IP, 105 H, 27 BB, 65 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2012 (1-2 at Tallahassee Regional)

Notes: MSU has won six straight, winning the finale of the Starkville Regional against Central Arkansas before taking two in a row against No. 6 Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional and three straight in the College World Series. The Bulldogs have made nine trips to the College World Series and will have their best finish in 2013. Its previous top finish was third in 1985. MSU was in a Super Regional for the second time in the past three years and fifth time overall. The Bulldogs have played Super Regionals in five different states: 0-2 in Clemson, S.C., in 2000, 0-2 in Fullerton, Calif., in 2001, 2-0 hosting Clemson in 2007 and 1-2 in Gainesville, Fla., in 2011. MSU made its first trip to the state of Virginia. The Bulldogs hosted a regional for the 12th time and the first since 2003. MSU reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, falling to Vanderbilt. The bullpen had thrown 44.0 consecutive scoreless innings in Hoover, going back to last year, before the Commodores snapped the streak. The Bulldogs won the SEC tourney a year ago. MSU is second in the nation with 80 double plays, one behind Towson at 81. The pitching staff is 11th in the country in ERA (2.75) and strikeouts per nine innings (8.2), 13th in hits per nine innings (7.41) and 16th in WHIP (1.19). Ross Mitchell is third in the nation with 13 victories and seventh with a 1.27 ERA. Kendall Graveman is tied with Carlos Rodon of NC State with 19 starts. Jonathan Holder is third with 21 saves, trailing David Berg of UCLA and Tyler Rogers of Austin Peay with 23 each. The MSU offense is fifth in the country in hits with 702. Brett Pirtle has reached base in 42 straight games. Coach John Cohen played on the 1990 MSU CWS team and returned to his alma mater after coaching Kentucky, where he was honored by as national coach of the year in 2006. If the Bulldogs win the national championship, Cohen will reach 500 career victories.


UCLA Bruins

Los Angeles, California

At-large bid from Pac-12, won Los Angeles Regional, won Fullerton Super Regional

2013 record: 21-9, 47-17 (third in Pac 12)

Head coach: John Savage (Nevada, 1991)

Record at school: 322-224, nine years

Overall record: 410-308-1, 12 years

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

Team offense: .248 BA, 301 R, 19 HR, .328 SLG%, .354 OBP%, 69-111 SB

Team pitching: 2.69 ERA, 556 IP, 454 H, 154 BB, 430 K

Top hitters: Pat Gallagher (.283/1/20), Kevin Kramer (.276/3/41/11 2B), Eric Filia (.271/1/26/13 2B), Trent Chatterton (.257/0/10), Brian Carroll (.257/0/20/30-37 SB), Pat Valaika (.250/5/46/14 2B).

Top pitchers: David Berg (7-0, 23 SV, 0.96 ERA, 75.1 IP, 53 H, 11 BB, 77 K), James Kaprielian (0-0, 2 SV, 1.59 ERA, 39.2 IP, 19 H, 23 BB, 53 K), Zack Weiss (2-1, 2.27 ERA, 39.2 IP, 36 H, 12 BB, 27 K), Adam Plutko (9-3, 2.29 ERA, 118 IP, 88 H, 29 BB, 79 K), Nick Vander Tuig (13-4, 2.31 ERA, 121 IP, 103 H, 17 BB, 87 K), Grant Watson (9-3, 3.01 ERA, 92.2 IP, 93 H, 16 BB, 55 K).

Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (3-0 at L.A. Regional, 2-0 at L.A. Super Regional, 1-2 at College World Series)

Notes: The Bruins are in the CWS championship series for the second time, looking for their first national championship in baseball. UCLA fell to South Carolina in two games in 2010. The Bruins are making their fifth trip to the College World Series and third in the past four years. UCLA has won eight straight NCAA tourney games, outscoring its opponents 33-13. The Bruins have allowed just three runs in three CWS games this season. The Bruins won three straight games, allowing only seven runs, in taking the L.A. Regional for the second straight year. Pat Gallagher went 5 for 9 with two runs and four RBI and was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player. UCLA is one of three schools to host a regional each of the past four years (South Carolina and Virginia). Overall, UCLA reached the NCAA tourney for the seventh time in eight years. Coach John Savage was the National Coach of the Year in 2010 (he also was a finalist for CBI coach of the year in 2004 when he coached UC Irvine). The Bruins boast one of the best pitching staffs in the country – three solid starters in Nick Vander Tuig, Adam Plutko and Grant Watson one of the nation’s best closers in David Berg (CBI Feature on UCLA). The staff is fourth in the nation in WHIP (1.08), seventh in ERA (2.61), 10th in walks per nine innings (2.47) and 11th in hits per nine innings (7.27). Berg had a scoreless inning streak of 37 innings snapped in the last game of the season, and the sidearmer has been downright filthy: he’s tied for the national lead in saves (23), second in ERA (0.96), fifth in WHIP (0.85) and eighth in K/BB ratio (7.0), limiting hitters to a .197 average and striking out one per inning. Vander Tuig, whose brother Ryan played baseball at San Jose State, leads the team and is third in the country in wins with 13. Opponents hit only .143 off reliever James Kaprielian. The Bruins are fifth nationally in fielding (.980). No Bruins regular hits better than .283 as the team averages just under five runs a game. Shane Zeile is the son of former major leaguer Todd Zeile. Cody Regis tied the school record with 20 postseason RBI. UCLA had seven players taken in the 2013 MLB Draft.