Sorenson: Bruins Are Still L.A.’s TeamAnalysis
LOS ANGELES — It’s one of the best four-team get-togethers in the country to begin with, but when the Los Angeles Dodgers lay out the red carpet to our sport of college baseball, it becomes one of the most glorious showcase events. Today, that little stadium that Walter O’Malley built hosted Michigan and Oklahoma State and the two major colleges in Los Angeles in USC and UCLA.
It also served once again as the biggest college baseball gathering west of the Pecos as 7,502 fans filed into the lower bowl of the stadium (they don’t allow fans onto the upper levels or the outfield). A couple of years ago when it was the first year they held the DodgerTown Classic, the USC-UCLA game drew over 14,000 fans. That was back when both teams were vying for post-season play.
In today’s two games, Oklahoma State outlasted Michigan 3-2 in 10 innings in the first game and UCLA came from behind to beat rival USC 7-5 in the nightcap. With those results, here is how the DodgerTown Classic ended:
– UCLA, 2-1
– Oklahoma State, 2-1
– USC, 1-2
– Michigan, 1-2
By virtue of their Saturday win over OSU, the Bruins can claim the de facto DodgerTown Classic title, even though there is no trophy that is awarded or anything.
More on the DodgerTown Classic games in a bit, first, here are some of the best/worst of the day in college baseball.
FIVE QUICK HITS
A few things that jumped out to me about the day in college baseball.
– Damn, there’s nothing cooler than college games at Dodger Stadium.
Well, almost nothing cooler, that is. I mean, I did see college baseball played in the Minnesota Vikings stadium last year. Still, great day at Chavez Ravine. I really appreciate the professional teams that allow the college boys to play at their stadiums. But I still think that more pro ballparks should do it.