UCLA baseball moves into a tie for first

May, 28, 2011
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The UCLA baseball team may have, by some projections, the fifth highest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) in the Pac-10. Yet the Bruins can clinch at least a share of the conference title with a win and an Oregon State loss Saturday.

Gerrit Cole threw eight strong innings Friday (three runs, nine hits and nine strikeouts), leading No. 19 UCLA to a 10-3 victory at No. 9 Arizona State. The win, coupled with an Oregon State loss to Oregon, lifted the Bruins into a tie for first place.

The big question remains: Do the Bruins still have an outside shot at hosting a regional? The answer depends on how much of a factor conference standings play into the selection committee's decisions. ESPN's College Baseball Blog has a breakdown of the rationale behind the decisions.

The regional sites will be announced Sunday. The field of 64 will be revealed Monday morning. Regional play begins Friday, June 3.

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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