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Monday, June 21, 2010
Gerrit Cole, by the numbers

Gerrit Cole subtly revealed one of his secret weapons late in the regular season.

The UCLA baseball team had just swept California in Berkeley, so maybe he was giddy and didn't really mean it. Perhaps he was joking -- the righty demonstrating a soft side not fitting for a hard-thrower like himself.

"It was that steak dinner we had," Cole said with a laugh before bouncing into the visitor's room.

Well, someone had his Omaha steak.

The sophomore pitcher cooked up a Grade A outing Monday night. Something medium-rare, something many would pay a lot for. He carried a stern, focused look throughout his eight-inning, three-run performance that wound up to be the ideal recipe for a UCLA win, 6-3, over Texas Christian.

"Cole showed why he's an All-American with the way he pitched," TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "That was really, really impressive."

The Bruins improved to 2-0 at the College World Series and will await the winner of Florida State-TCU for a meeting Friday. After going winless in two previous trips to Omaha, UCLA needs a win to get to the championship round.

A by-the-numbers look at Cole's work: