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This season they finished third in the Pac-12, behind Oregon State and Oregon, and then got hot in the postseason.
They made magic with an offense that started Tuesday 264th out of 296 teams in batting (.247) and 215th in scoring (4.7 runs per game), but among the national leaders in sacrifices, walks and hit batsmen.
UCLA won three straight at home in regionals and went on the road to upset No. 5 national seed Cal State Fullerton in a two-game super regional.
Once the Bruins got to Omaha, they made themselves at home in spacious TD Ameritrade Park. UCLA produced just enough offense to support its superb pitching and defense in bracket play, and again in Game 1 of the finals.
The pitching and defense showed up again in Game 2, and this time so did the offense.
"We've been capable all season long," Savage said. "We have good players. I said that all along. They started to believe, and they used the whole field. Fortunately, we had some hits tonight."
UCLA was up three runs early — a lead that has been insurmountable for every team in this year's CWS.
The Bruins used a hit batsman, a bunt that produced two Mississippi State errors, and Filia's sacrifice fly to lead 1-0 in the first. It was 3-0 in the third after Brian Carroll scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Filia and Pat Valaika's RBI single.
By the time the Bulldogs were forced to call on Holder, it was pretty much game over.
"As far as Mississippi State goes, they'll be back," Bulldogs shortstop Adam Frazier said. "Coach Cohen is doing the right things, the coaching staff has it going in the right direction. I trust coach Cohen will get it to what it is supposed to be, and I've got a feeling this team will be back in the future."
|Minnesota - WP: C. Thielbar||7||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: M. Banuelos||3|
|Los Angeles||3||Bottom 8th Inning|
|LA Angels||1||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Cleveland||2||Top 9th Inning|
|Oakland||8||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Arizona||6||Top 8th Inning|
|NY Mets||6:05 PM|
|LA Lakers||7:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||8:00 PM|
|San Jose||6:00 PM|
|New Jersey||6:30 PM|
|NY Rangers||7:00 PM|
|Northwestern St||30||1st Half 2:36|
|Stephen F Austin||39|
|Norfolk State||24||1st Half 0:40|
|Richmond||1||1st Half 14:59|
|Akron||11||1st Half 15:22|
|Minnesota||4||1st Half 15:49|
|Portland State||6||1st Half 15:25|
|Ark-Little Rock||6:00 PM|
|Iowa State||6:00 PM|
|Seton Hall||6:00 PM|
|NC State||6:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||6:05 PM|
|Coppin State||7:00 PM|
|Sam Houston St||7:30 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Eastern Mich||8:00 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Ole Miss||8:25 PM|
|Prairie View||8:30 PM|
|Cal Poly||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Long Beach State|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||64|
|(25) Bowling Green||55|
|New Mexico St||65||FINAL|
|Northeastern||58||2nd Half 2:42|
|Seattle||53||2nd Half 15:18|
|Hawaii||22||2nd Half 15:26|
|Idaho State||11||1st Half 2:50|
|Youngstown St||21||1st Half 1:16|
|Nevada||21||1st Half 9:57|
|Prairie View||6:00 PM|
|Missouri State||6:07 PM|
|Coll of Charleston|
|Illinois State||8:37 PM|