The UCLA baseball team watched the NCAA regional selection show in their clubhouse Monday morning. When “UCLA” flashed across the screen, the players jumped in unison and cheered.
Entering Monday, there didn’t seem to be much drama surrounding the Bruins. They’d finished third in the Pac-12 Conference and appeared to be relatively safely in.
The Bruins, it turned out, had reason to be worried. They were the second-to-last team in.
It was a day when the West Coast was again squeezed to the periphery of the tournament. Long Beach State, an automatic qualifier, and Cal State Fullerton, an at-large selection, also made the tournament, but Loyola Marymount missed out reaching...