Top 25 Breakdown: No. 5 UCLA
Coach (Record at school):
John Savage (487-349-1, 14 seasons).
Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,821).
22 regionals (active streak: 2), 5 CWS trips (last in 2013), 1 national title (2013).
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UCLA's Projected Lineup
|C||Noah Cardenas, Fr.||HS — Saugus, Calif.
|1B||Michael Toglia, Jr.||.336/.449/.588||11||58||5
|2B||Chase Strumpf, Jr.||.363/.475/.633||12||53||2
|3B||Ryan Kreidler, Jr.||.222/.348/.333||3||34||4
|SS||Kevin Kendall, So.||.278/.352/.391||3||20||13
|LF||Jeremy Ydens, Jr.||.350/.421/.558||6||38||13
|CF||Matt McLain, Fr.||HS — Tustin, Calif.
|RF||Garrett Mitchell, So.||.280/.337/.331||0||31||5
|DH||Jake Pries, Sr.||.274/.403/.345||1||18||0
|RHP||Ryan Garcia, Jr.||8-1||2.23||76.2||76||23||0
|RHP||Zach Pettway, So.||8-4||3.35||96.2||78||19||0
|RHP||Jesse Bergin, Fr.||HS — Los Angeles
|RP||Holden Powell, So.||2-1||3.51||33.1||22||8||6
Grading The Bruins
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
UCLA’s Chase Strumpf (Shotgun Spratling)
UCLA ranked second in the Pac-12 and 26th nationally in scoring a year ago, and the lineup returns almost entirely intact. This offense generates doubles by the truckload (last year it ranked 11th in the nation in doubles per game), and it is will stocked with players who thrive at driving the gaps, led by Toglia and Strumpf, who ranked first and second in the Pac with 24 and 23 doubles, respectively.
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