UCLA Keeps Grip On No. 1 With Strong ShowingAt The Ballpark
LOS ANGELES — This month of March scenario for the UCLA Bruins looks a little bit familiar to me.
About a million years ago – well, specifically in 1997 – the Bruins, then coached by Gary Adams, just completed an unbeaten weekend at the Hormel Classic in Minneapolis to improve to 20-2-1 on the young season. They also ascended to the No. 1 spot in the rankings for the first time in program history after that weekend.
This was a 1997 Bruin team that featured MLB talents like Troy Glaus, Eric Byrnes, Eric Valent, Jon Heinrichs and pitcher Jim Parque. But that following weekend after moving to the top dog spot the Bruins took on Arizona and ended up losing two of three to fall out of the top spot in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings.
Fast forward 22 months of March’s later. For just the second time in the history of regular season rankings, here are the Bruins at the No. 1 slot once again after last weekend’s series win over Oregon State. And yes, I do realize the UCLAns won a national title to earn that No. 1 ranking, but I did specify this is the second time in the regular season rankings they’d earned that honor.
And this time, it doesn’t look like the Wildcats will be ruining the rankings after the Bruins bombed the visitors 10-5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Westwood. There are still two more games to go in this series, but I can’t see the Bruins losing two straight, they’re just playing too well.
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