UCLA eyes 1st baseball title

Published 12:48 am Monday, June 28, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. — UCLA has won a nation-leading 106 NCAA championships in 17 sports. Not one of them is in baseball — yet.

The Bruins’ chance is here, against South Carolina, in the best-of-three College World Series finals starting Monday night.

The Bruins are in the finals a year after finishing 27-29 and not making the 64-team NCAA tournament.

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They’ve ridden the strong pitching of starters Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Rob Rasmussen.

South Carolina reached the CWS championship game in 1975, 1977 and 2002 and lost each time. The Gamecocks survived four elimination games to make it to the finals.

UCLA will start Cole (11-3) in Game 1. Tanner didn’t announce a starter. He’s deciding among Blake Cooper (12-2), Tyler Webb (3-2) and Jay Brown (3-0).