UCLA wins first ever CWS championship
The UCLA Bruins have won their first ever NCAA baseball championship with an 8-0 shutout of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on June 25.
After a strong pitching performance in game 1 the Bruins came out in game two with the same focus, but this time the offense accompanied pitching. UCLA took the lead in the first inning 1-0 and never looked back.
The Bulldogs again struggled to move base runners around the paths, and committed three errors, which put Mississippi State into a major hole early in the game, one that they were unable to recover from. The Burins capitalized on the mistakes and went on to add seven more runs in the game to sweep the Bulldogs for their first ever College World Series Championship.
In a statement posted on NCAA.com, UCLA head coach John Savage praised his team saying, “We did it the right way. We played baseball, good baseball. We hit, we pitched, we defended. We had a quality offense, opportunistic offense for sure, and at the end of the day I think we outlasted everybody.”
HailState.com reports that Bulldogs head coach John Cohen tipped his hat to the Bruins, saying, “UCLA knocked on the door previously and then busted it down.” He added, “We are disappointed in the outcome but we are proud of the season. We did something that no other Mississippi State baseball team has done.”
This marks the Bruins first ever baseball championship since the program’s inception in 1920.