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UCLA's David Berg, John Savage earn Pac-12 baseball honors

UCLA’s David Berg was named Pac-12 pitcher of the year, USC’s Garrett Stubbs the defensive player of the year and UCLA’s John Savage the conference’s coach of the year.

Berg was 7-1 with a 0.73 earned-run average with 12 saves this season. He is UCLA’s all-time leader in saves with 48.

Savage, in his 10th season, led the Bruins to the Pac-12  championship with a 22-8 conference record, a school record for victories. It was UCLA’s third conference since 2011.

UCLA’s  Grant Dyer, Ty Moore, Kevin Kramer, James Kaprielian and Grant Watson were also named to the first team.

Stubbs, a catcher, threw out  54% of base stealers while hitting .330 this season.

USC’s Dante Flores, Timmy Robinson and Bobby Stahel were also named to the first team.

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UCLA is top-seeded team in NCAA baseball tournament for first time

UCLA went from national champions in 2013 to oblivion in 2014. The Bruins are positioned well to climb back into prominence as the No. 1 overall seeded team in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Bruins didn’t have to wait long to find out their fate. They were the first team announced when the pairings were announced Monday.

Louisiana State was the second-seeded team, Louisville third, Florida fourth, Miami fifth, Illinois sixth, Texas Christian seventh and Missouri State eighth.

UCLA has won 10 consecutive post-season games, all during their 2013 title run. But a rash of injuries left the Bruins out of the tournament last season.

They rebounded strong and will play Cal State Bakersfield at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium at 8 p.m. on Friday. Maryland plays Mississippi at 4 p.m. Friday in the Los Angeles Regional's other. The winner of the regional plays in the Super Regional, which could create a UCLA-USC match-up.

The Trojans will play Virginia in the Lake Elsinore Regional at 3 p.m. Friday....

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UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Lake Elsinore picked as NCAA regional sites

Second-ranked UCLA and Cal State Fullerton have been selected as hosts for the NCAA baseball regionals, which begin Friday.

The Diamond, home of the Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm, was also named as a regional site. UC Santa Barbara will be the host.

The Bruins, the Pac-12 champions, closed their regular season with a 4-3 loss to Oregon on Sunday. UCLA finished 42-14 overall and 22-8 in conference play.

Fullerton, the Big West champion, won its last six games heading into the tournament. The Titans are 34-22 and 19-5 in Big West play.

Louisiana State, Illinois, Texas A&M, Miami, Dallas Baptist, Texas Christian, Florida, Houston, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Missouri State, Oklahoma State and Florida State will also host regionals.

The NCAA pairings will be announced Monday morning.

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USC, UCLA received about $21.3 million each from Pac-12 Conference

USC and UCLA each received about $21.3 million from the Pac-12 Conference during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the conference’s federal tax return.

The conference provided the return in response to a request from The Times.

The reporting period covers July 2013 to June 2014.

The Pac-12 reported total revenue of $374 million, an increase of about $41 million from the previous year.

All Pac-12 schools except Utah received more than $21 million. Utah received $16.1 million.

Commissioner Larry Scott earned total compensation of about $3.5 million.

 

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Jonah Bolden recovering after knee surgery

UCLA basketball player Jonah Bolden underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee on Tuesday morning.

A team spokesman called the tear slight and said Bolden, a sophomore, is expected to make a full recovery.

The timetable for his return is approximately six to eight weeks, or by mid-July, well before the start of the basketball season.

Bolden is expected to be a key contributor for the Bruins next season, especially with the departure of forward Kevon Looney to the NBA draft. Bolden, a four-star recruit who grew up in Australia, is listed as a 6-foot-10 combo guard/forward, though his size makes him a fit to assume Looney’s role as a forward.

Bolden sat all of last season after being ruled a partial-qualifier by the NCAA but was allowed to practice with the team in January.

After the season, he participated in workouts with the team in Pauley Pavilion.

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UCLA's baseball team wraps up Pac-12 title

Chris Keck and Brett Stephens each drove in two runs and UCLA clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference baseball championship with a 5-3 victory over Arizona on Sunday.

The second-ranked Bruins (40-12 overall, 21-6 in conference play) have won or shared the title three of the last five seasons.

UCLA wiped out a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fifth inning. Stephens’ two-run single tied the score before Keck singled to center for a 4-2 lead.

Cody Poteet pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief for the victory. He has a 5-1 record on the season. David Berg went 1 2/3 innings for his 12th save.

UCLA also won the Pac-12 title in 2011 and 2012.

 

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