Bruins Complete Comeback In Regional RunAt The Ballpark
LOS ANGELES — John Savage has seen his UCLA Bruins in this situation before, playing with high expectations and yet having their backs against the wall. In 2015 UCLA was the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and got bounced from the Saturday winner’s bracket of the Regionals by Maryland, 4-1.
Four years ago, those Bruins made a mad dash back to the Regional title round, beating Cal State Bakersfield and then taking down Maryland to force a seventh and final game on Monday. But that Bruin squad crumbled, losing to the Terrapins 2-1 in the winner-take-all rematch.
Fast-forward to 2019. They weren’t about to let history repeat itself.
After losing to LMU on Saturday night 3-2, they went into Sunday with no wiggle room. But they outslugged Baylor 11-6 and then eased past the Lions 6-1, setting up the Monday rubber match with the Navy & Maroon.
“Saturday was a really tough loss,” Coach Savage said afterward. “But we talk about being competitive. We talk about have a positive mindset. We talk about staying together. We knew we had enough to come back in this thing, we’ve been down before. We lost our fair share of Fridays and we didn’t lose a series. We’ve been resilient all season.”
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