Thursday, June 21

Graduating UCLA baseball pitcher Jake Bird was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies last week. Bird finished with an ERA of 2.18, which was the lowest among the team's starters. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Four current Bruins, four UCLA commits selected in MLB Draft

Jake Bird was at home when he got the call. “I was … hanging out with my little brother and my dad,” the pitcher said. “The (Colorado) Rockies called me in the morning, and I was really pumped when I saw the pick come in and see my name pop up – it was really cool.” The senior was drafted in the fifth round of the MLB Draft Tuesday, making him the first of four current UCLA baseball players selected for the draft this year. Read more...

Photo: Graduating UCLA baseball pitcher Jake Bird was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies last week. Bird finished with an ERA of 2.18, which was the lowest among the team's starters. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduating UCLA baseball pitcher Jake Bird was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies last week. Bird finished with an ERA of 2.18, which was the lowest among the team's starters. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduating UCLA men's basketball center Thomas Welsh started in 94 of the 132 games he appeared in over his four-year career with the Bruins. He recorded more than 1,200 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior signoffs: Thomas Welsh reminisces on his experiences at UCLA and how they have shaped him

It’s difficult to put into words just how much my time at UCLA has meant to me. To try to capture all of the memories and experiences from these past four years and compact it into an article like this is nearly impossible. Read more...

Photo: Graduating UCLA men's basketball center Thomas Welsh started in 94 of the 132 games he appeared in over his four-year career with the Bruins. He recorded more than 1,200 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Graduating UCLA men's basketball center Thomas Welsh started in 94 of the 132 games he appeared in over his four-year career with the Bruins. He recorded more than 1,200 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Peng-Peng Lee spent six years at UCLA as a member of the gymnastics team. After redshirting her first two years, she eventually led the Bruins to their first NCAA championship since 2010 in her final season. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior signoffs: Peng-Peng Lee hopes to inspire others after overcoming injuries

Coming to UCLA, I remember someone telling me that I would learn so much about myself after going through the gymnastics program. I thought as a 19-year-old, I already knew everything there was to know – but I was proven wrong. Read more...

Photo: Peng-Peng Lee spent six years at UCLA as a member of the gymnastics team. After redshirting her first two years, she eventually led the Bruins to their first NCAA championship since 2010 in her final season. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Peng-Peng Lee spent six years at UCLA as a member of the gymnastics team. After redshirting her first two years, she eventually led the Bruins to their first NCAA championship since 2010 in her final season. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduating Bruin Elise Zappia said UCLA beach volleyball's new locker room was well-earned. The program won its first-ever NCAA title from the loser's bracket after knocking off Florida State in the championship dual. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior signoffs: Elise Zappia recalls humble growth of beach volleyball into a championship team

As my time as a UCLA beach volleyball student-athlete comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the humble beginnings of my four-year journey with this program. Read more...

Photo: Graduating Bruin Elise Zappia said UCLA beach volleyball's new locker room was well-earned. The program won its first-ever NCAA title from the loser's bracket after knocking off Florida State in the championship dual. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduating Bruin Elise Zappia said UCLA beach volleyball's new locker room was well-earned. The program won its first-ever NCAA title from the loser's bracket after knocking off Florida State in the championship dual. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Graduating UCLA women's basketball guard Kelli Hayes helped lead the Bruins to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1999 during her senior season. Hayes is one of three seniors who will be graduating this year. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior signoffs: Kelli Hayes reflects on basketball and her humanitarian growth along the way

As a student-athlete, UCLA has opened my eyes and given me experiences that I could only dream of before arriving on campus. I was fortunate to receive the opportunity to have my senses awakened by the pothole-filled streets of Westwood that wrecked my Jetta’s tires, to expand my knowledge through the gender studies department, to develop leadership skills on and off the court, and lastly, to gain perspective, giving way to a constant desire for finding the commonalities among things seen as different and to hold a relentless pursuit for saving the world one person at a time. Read more...

Photo: Graduating UCLA women's basketball guard Kelli Hayes helped lead the Bruins to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1999 during her senior season. Hayes is one of three seniors who will be graduating this year. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Graduating UCLA women's basketball guard Kelli Hayes helped lead the Bruins to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1999 during her senior season. Hayes is one of three seniors who will be graduating this year. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)