UCLA Bruins win first ever NCAA baseball title

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Alright, first things first. The UCLA Bruins sports teams have a record 109 championship victories under their belts, with 23 in volleyball, 17 in tennis, 15 in water polo, 13 in track & field, 11 in basketball, 11 in softball, 8 in gymnastics, 5 in golf, 4 in soccer, 1 in swimming, and now…

…finally…

…1 in baseball! UCLA’s baseball team won its first-ever National title on Tuesday night’s College World Series game over Mississippi State, in a dominant 8-0 victory. UCLA’s head coach, John Savage, says, “We worked extremely hard all season and they believed in each other and that’s what great teams do.” He was a good sport, though, and gave credit to the opposing team. “We have to congratulate a great Mississippi State team. They had a great year. I just think it was one of those situations where it was our time. Nick (Vander Tuig) threw the ball great for eight innings and kept them off balance and then (David) Berg did his job.”

Like Savage pointed out, it was great pitching that not only marked this game as a winner for UCLA, but many others during the season. Their defense has been killer, which many NCAA baseball fans see as their main reason for winning. After all, leading up to the final game, their offense only had a .248 batting average, .182 in the College World Series itself, and a measly 19 home runs. However, the last game was a big run-filled bonanza for UCLA, alongside the stellar pitching. Congratulations on earning your first NCAA baseball title, Bruins.