UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian has taken note, as have his teammates.
The Bruins open the college baseball season Friday as the highest-ranked team west of the Pecos. UCLA is rated No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 11 by Baseball America.
Six of the last 11 national championships have been won by teams from California, Oregon or Arizona, but that apparently buys only so much respect in the polls.
"We saw that," said Kaprielian, the ace of the Bruins pitching rotation. "Obviously, there are a bunch of great teams out there. We'll be in the mix. It's not a bad thing to stay under the radar."
UCLA has hard-knock experience in that...