Justin Hooper, UCLA

Justin Hooper showed the potential we've all been waiting for on Tuesday. (Shotgun Spratling)


UCLA’s Enigmatic Hooper Turns Corner


LOS ANGELES — UCLA sophomore southpaw Justin Hooper got his sign Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  He took a breath and fired. A 93 mph fastball steamed across the plate for a strike. He got the ball back and did it again. UC Riverside cleanup hitter Aaron Cisneros was late and under a 92 mph heater. He hit a lazy fly ball to right field.

Highlanders left fielder Cade Peters took his turn next. He fouled off two pitches before waving at a 83 mph slider that looked straight before taking a sudden right turn, diving down[…]