College baseball: Bruins advance to super regionals
JUN 02, 2013 11:25p ET
John Savage, Pat Valaika & Grant Watson during the postgame press conference following UCLA's 6-0 win over USD. twitter.com/UCLABaseball/s…— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) June 3, 2013
Cal Poly looks back
Cal Poly (40-19) isn’t a regular in the postseason, but head coach Larry Lee thinks they could be if they play the RPI game right. But playing the game isn’t that easy for many Big West schools.
“We’re fighting tradition in the Big West. (Cal State) Fullerton has had this thing going since the mid-70s and we’re trying to play catch up,” Lee said. “RPI worked this year – don’t ask me how – and we played quality non-conference schedules in the past and it seems like we’re always around 55-65 in the RPI.”
Wins at Kansas State and Notre Dame aided the Mustangs in the RPI significantly, but Cal Poly isn’t a program that typically has the ability to make regular road trips of that caliber.
“If we were located near a major airport and had enough money and we didn’t mind missing class time, you could possibly set up your schedule to have a high RPI but it’s unrealistic where we are,” Lee said. “When you win 40 games on the West Coast, that’s saying something. It’s very difficult to win ballgames out here because our midweek games are against strong opponents and it’s just tough to get a Regional berth out here because of RPI.”
Around the Big West
Cal State Fullerton is the last remaining Big West team after Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara were eliminated. No. 2 seed Texas A&M avenged an opening round loss to the Gauchos in today’s elimination game in the Corvallis, Ore., Regional, topping Santa Barbara 5-4.
The top-seeded Titans’ three starting pitchers combined to allow only two earned runs all weekend with Thomas Eshelman recoding the win in Fullerton’s 6-1 victory over No. 2 Arizona State on Sunday at Goodwin Field.