On the biggest stage in collegiate baseball, it was a pair of former walk-ons who found themselves under the largest microscope for UCLA with a trip to the championship series of the College World Series at stake.
UCLA junior starter Adam Plutko became the school’s all-time postseason wins leader Friday night, helping the Bruins advance to the winner’s bracket of their regional with a 5-3 win over the San Diego State Aztecs.
Sitting at the desk of his Jackie Robinson Stadium office following UCLA’s series-clinching win over Arizona last Saturday, an animated John Savage held a blue pen in his right hand and black-rimmed glasses in his left.
For UCLA’s juniors, including top pitchers Adam Plutko and Nick Vander Tuig, the weekend series against Arizona likely represented their last regular season series at Jackie Robinson Stadium, with most slated to leave for the draft.
Every so often, there is just an overwhelming number of hot topics enveloping the UCLA sports scene. The end of the quarter represents a crossroads of sorts for fall and winter sports, so we’re opening the floor to basketball, football, soccer and water polo in this edition of the weekly showdown between DB Sports senior staff.
Last season, the UCLA women’s tennis team was awarded the No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament and proceeded to stroll through the tournament all the way to the title game before coming up short against No. 2 Florida. This time, it’s the men’s turn to try to top that.
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