Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Baseball's sweep good enough for a jump in rankings
By Blair Angulo
For the UCLA baseball team, a three-up-and-three-down weekend was followed by another three up -- the latter coming Monday when Baseball America released its latest collegiate rankings.
The streaking Bruins, winners of seven straight and 11 of their last 12, moved up from No. 10 to No. 7 -- the team's highest ranking in nearly a month. UCLA was pegged as the nation's No. 5 team before losing three times at home to No. 3 Arizona State.
The rough weekend has been the only blemish in the team's résumé so far. UCLA is 41-11 on the season, which ties the program record for most regular-season wins (also happened in 1979). The Bruins, who are 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1969, travel to Orange County tonight looking to avenge a 6-1 home loss No. 8 Cal State Fullerton.
Both teams are virtual locks to host Regionals when postseason play begins in early June, but that doesn't mean tonight's matchup at Goodwin Field is meaningless.
"We have to go in there and play well," head coach John Savage said following UCLA's sweep of California. "We know what they've done, but we just have to go in there and play our baseball."