Not only is UCLA the national champion, the Bruins also serve as a model for how to build a winner in this new era of college baseball. The Bruins ended the year with nary a .300 hitter, but, boy, could they pitch and play defense.
UCLA'S Adam Plutko said when he heads to the mound Monday night for Game 1 of the finals against Mississippi State, he'll just worry about himself and believe that somehow, some way his teammates will come through. So far, the Bruins have turned their total of eight runs into three wins.
UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week's best-of-three finals. The Tar Heels (58-11) play North Carolina State in an elimination game Thursday.