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Bears head to Los Angeles for NCAA Regionals as No. 2 seed

May 27, 2019
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WACO, Texas – The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in four years under head coach Steve Rodriguez, as they were selected as the No. 2 seed in the UCLA Regional in Los Angeles, May 31-June 3, it was announced Monday by the NCAA.

Baylor (34-17) is making its third-straight NCAA Regional appearance for the first time since a stretch of four-consecutive appearances between 2009-12. This is the 21st regional selection in program history. 

BU will open up against No. 3 seed LMU (32-23) on Friday, May 31 at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN3 at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium. Depending on the result of the first game, the Bears will face either the winner of loser of the No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 4 Omaha matchup in game two on Saturday, June 1.  

Baylor is 44-46 all-time in postseason play, 37-29 in regionals, 23-15 in neutral regional games and 4-12 in away regional contests. The Bears have not played any of the four opponents in the UCLA Regional in 2019. This is also the first time the Bears have played in a regional in Los Angeles and the second-straight season the Bears have been selected to a West Coast regional, after being the No. 2 seed in the Stanford Regional in 2018.

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Bears head to Los Angeles for NCAA Regionals as No. 2 seed

william
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grumpy committee .....

- BUmma

... was not impressed.

go bears!

william
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... and RIP Grumpy Cat.

- KKM
Oldbear83
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We'll go 1-2 or 2-2 in this regional.
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MrGolfguy
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Sending us back to Coach Rod territory; i'm sure he's licking his chops for the opportunity to kick some ass & prove the doubters wrong.

Time to fire the offense up boys!
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Smashmouth
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Let's go!!! #1 over all seed....sounds good we are #2
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Oldbear83 said:

We'll go 1-2 or 2-2 in this regional.


If they'd only take the bats off their shoulders, they'd get further. OKC was pathetic!
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BUGWBBear said:

Oldbear83 said:

We'll go 1-2 or 2-2 in this regional.


If they'd only take the bats off their shoulders, they'd get further. OKC was pathetic!
I hate to say, OKC may foreshadow what happens in the regional. The Bears did not make many mistakes, but they took advantage of mistakes. Problem is, once they played really good teams (like Tech or OSU) they got into trouble. The Bears were an aggregate 1-5 against Tech and OSU, with one close win, two close losses, and three really embarrassing losses.

With respect to the field, I think the Bears can easily beat the 3rd and 4th seed if they are prepared, but UCLA is going to beat Baylor most times. So, our best outcome, I think would be we win against LMU, UCLA beats Omaha, we catch UCLA off-guard and beat them in the winner's bracket, UCLA beats the winner of LMU/Omaha to rematch against Baylor, then UCLA beats Baylor to force a winner-take-all final ...

which Baylor loses because TCU.
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Should Rod gamble just a bit and assume Winston can get the job done in game 1 against LMU, and save Dickens for the assumed matchup against UCLA in game 2 if we indeed win game 1?? Personally, I think he should.
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So technically we have to beat the No. 1 team in the country twice to advance....sheesh
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So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
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jumpinjoe said:

So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
Go look up the last time this season UCLA lost two games out of three, let alone two games back to back.

I have a better chance of waking up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger tomorrow morning, than we have of UCLA tanking in their own yard this weekend.
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jumpinjoe
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So technically....

Enjoy being 50 pounds lighter and relive your youth.


Sounds like if it were up to you, they should give UCLA a pass to the super regionals.
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jumpinjoe said:

So technically....

Enjoy being 50 pounds lighter and relive your youth.


Sounds like if it were up to you, they should give UCLA a pass to the super regionals.
Nope, I just have paid attention and the Bears have played at their weight basically. They should beat anyone not in the top 12, but they don't fare well against really top-level teams.

I'd love to be wrong, and I will cheer the Bears no matter what, but it's brace-for-impact time.
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I say the Bears show up and kick ass this coming weekend. UCLA only looks so great because the Pac12 sucks this year.

My guess is the boys spent "way to much time" in Oklahoma and that impacted the play for B12 tourney.

I expect them to show up and play this weekend. Trying to change a business trip so I can make the trip out West

Stefano DiMera
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UCLA won every series on the way to a 47-8 record.
Jacques Strap
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Well they lost 8 times... so they are beatable.
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Baylor has no true ace.
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STATS NATIONAL RANKING OF EACH TEAM IN THE REGIONAL

RPI
2. UCLA (47-8)
32. Baylor (34-17)
77. Loyola-Marymount (32-23)
198. Nebraska-Omaha (31-22)

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
15. UCLA
43. Baylor
84. Loyola-Marymount
283. Nebraska-Omaha

HITTING
SCORING
38. Baylor 6.9
61. UCLA 6.6
151. Nebraska-Omaha 5.7
272. Loyola-Marymount 4.4

BATTING AVG
9. Baylor .310
30. UCLA .294
162. Nebraska-Omaha .265
191. Loyola-Marymount .260

ON BASE %
30. Baylor .392
52. UCLA .384
144. Nebraska-Omaha .362
226. Loyola-Marymount .347

SLUGGING %
17. UCLA .473
21. Baylor .470
204. Nebraska-Omaha .373
241. Loyola-Marymount .352

DOUBLES PER GAME
22. Baylor 2.12
40. UCLA 2.04
186. Nebraska-Omaha 1.61
244. Loyola-Marymount 1.44

TRIPLES PER GAME
7. UCLA 0.47
50. Baylor 0.31
145. Loyola-Marymount 0.22
157. Nebraska-Omaha 0.20

HOME RUNS PER GAME
47. UCLA 1.02
64. Baylor 0.98
202. Nebraska-Omaha 0.56
259. Loyola-Marymount 0.40

STOLEN BASES PER GAME
70. Loyola-Marymount 1.33
130. UCLA 1.05
184. Nebraska-Omaha 0.85
199. Baylor 0.80

PITCHING
ERA
1. UCLA 2.59
12. Loyola-Marymount 3.48
41. Baylor 3.86
121. Nebraska-Omaha 4.66

WHIP
1. UCLA 1.06
15. Loyola-Marymount 1.25
64. Baylor 1.37
110. Nebraska-Omaha 1.45

STRIKEOUT PER 9 INN
6. UCLA 10.5
55. Baylor 9.0
95. Nebraska-Omaha 8.5
172. Loyola-Marymount 7.8

HITS ALLOWED PER 9 INN
1. UCLA 6.16
24. Baylor 7.79
30. Loyola-Marymount 7.90
47. Nebraska-Omaha 8.28

WALKS ALLOWED PER 9 INN
32. Loyola-Marymount 3.33
34. UCLA 3.35
196. Baylor 4.57
213. Nebraska-Omaha 4.75

STRIKEOUT TO WALK RATIO
5. UCLA 3.12
53. Loyola-Marymount 2.35
119. Baylor 1.96
178. Nebraska-Omaha 1.78

FIELDING
FIELDING %
1. Nebraska-Omaha .984
2. UCLA .982
28. Baylor .978
49. Loyola-Marymount .976

DOUBLE PLAYS PER GAME
104. Baylor 0.75
219. Nebraska-Omaha 0.59
229. Loyola-Marymount 0.58
243. UCLA 0.55
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NATIONALLY RANKED INDIVIDUALS


HITTING
BATTING AVERAGE
36. Davis Wendzel (Baylor) .377
78. Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) .360
207. Trevis Esquerra (LMU) .335
212. Cole Haring (Baylor) .333
212. Parker Smejkal (Omaha) .333
241. Andy Thomas (Baylor) .331
242. Jack Stronach (UCLA) .331

ON BASE %
26. Davis Wendzel (Baylor) .488
62. Parker Smejkal (Omaha) .467

SLUGGING %
44. Trevin Esquerra (LMU) .647
60. Davis Wendzel (Baylor) .623
63. Michael Toglia (UCLA) .620
143. Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) .579
220. Parker Smejkal (Omaha) .551

RUNS PER GAME
90. Nick Loftin (Baylor) 1.02
126. Richard Cunningham (Baylor) 0.98

HITS PER GAME
35. Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) 1.49
43. Davis Wendzel (Baylor) 1.47
65. Nick Loftin (Baylor) 1.44
102. Richard Cunningham (Baylor) 1.39

DOUBLES PER GAME
10. Andy Thomas (Baylor) 0.43
21. Davis Wenzel (Baylor) 0.40
111. Trevin Esquerra (LMU) 0.33
133. Nick Loftin (Baylor) 0.32

TRIPLES PER GAME
3. Garrett Mitchell (UCLA) 0.16
20. Thomas DeBonville (Omaha) 0.11
20. Matt McLain (UCLA) 0.11
100. Richard Cunningham (Baylor) 0.08
147. Michael Toglia (UCLA) 0.07

HOMERUNS PER GAME
36. Trevin Esquerra (LMU) 0.29
82. Michael Toglia (UCLA) 0.25
134. Cole Haring (Baylor) 0.22

RBI PER GAME
69. Trevin Esquerra (LMU) 1.04
83. Michael Toglia (UCLA) 1.02

STOLEN BASES PER GAME
33. Nick Sogard (LMU) 0.51

WALKS PER GAME
94. Chase Strumpf (UCLA) 0.76
142. Keil Krumwiede (Omaha) 0.72

HIT BY PITCH PER GAME
66. Davion Downey (Baylor) 0.29
85. Davis Wendzel (Baylor) 0.28

TOUGHEST TO STRIKE OUT (AB PER K)
12. Nick Loftin (Baylor) 13.8
97. Jack Stronach (UCLA) 9.4

PITCHING
ERA
5. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 1.42
8. Payton Kinney (Omaha) 1.65
11. Codie Paiva (LMU) 1.71
53. Jack Ralston (UCLA) 2.43
187. Josh Agnew (LMU) 3.28

WHIP
7. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 0.86
31. Payton Kinney (Omaha) 0.97
42. Codie Paiva (LMU) 1.02
97. Jack Ralston (UCLA) 1.10

WINS
1. Payton Kinney (Omaha) 11
1. Jack Ralston (UCLA) 11
22. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 9
52. Nathan Hadley (UCLA) 8
109. Codie Paiva (LMU) 7

SAVES
3. Holden Powerll (UCLA) 16
79. Nick Frasso (LMU) 8
106. Kyle Hill (Baylor) 7
106. Matt Voelker (LMU) 7
133. Cal Hehnke (Omaha) 6

STRIKEOUTS PER 9 INN
15. Spencer Koelewyn (Omaha) 12.62
31. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 11.96
48. Paul Dickens (Baylor) 11.22
101. Jesse Bergin (UCLA) 10.36

HITS ALLOWED PER 9 INN
1. Spencer Koelewyn (Omaha) 4.63
3. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 4.86
71. Jack Ralston (UCLA) 6.67
136. Jesse Bergin (UCLA) 7.36

WALKS ALLOWED PER 9 INN
36. Codie Paiva (LMU) 1.61
83. Josh Agnew (LMU) 1.92

STRIKEOUT TO WALK RATIO
50. Codie Paiva (LMU) 4.94
88. Ryan Garcia (UCLA) 4.21
BornAgain
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wish we had a true #1 to go to. on the other hand, as we look into the future...what does all this experience for our pitchers this year translate into next year as these guys get even more experience in summer ball? i think it looks real good
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txrangers said:

Baylor has no true ace.
They do, but he's injured
I have only come here seeking knowledge
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El Oso
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We're doooooooooooooooooommmmmmmed!
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El Oso said:

We're doooooooooooooooooommmmmmmed!
Pretty sure we're not playing in a dome.
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txrangers
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UCLA tends to draw poorly in home games, with as many of our players from California, looks like we may have a good crowd advantage,
william
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go bears!

Stefano DiMera
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Good God...those pitching stats for UCLA are dominant.
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... any truth to the rumor bradford's been in a cryogenic chamber for the last 30 days?

healing. mutating. doing isometrics. telemetric mind gyrations.

PA.

- UL

... and, as always, TIA.

BID.

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Oldbear83 said:

jumpinjoe said:

So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
Go look up the last time this season UCLA lost two games out of three, let alone two games back to back.

I have a better chance of waking up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger tomorrow morning, than we have of UCLA tanking in their own yard this weekend.


Well, well, well... how does it feel to wake up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger for UCLA tanking to LMU?

Looks like Option A...We need to only beat UCLA once.

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Oldbear83 said:

jumpinjoe said:

So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
Go look up the last time this season UCLA lost two games out of three, let alone two games back to back.

I have a better chance of waking up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger tomorrow morning, than we have of UCLA tanking in their own yard this weekend.


Regionals are crazy sometimes. Just got to beat then once.
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Bear8084 said:

Oldbear83 said:

jumpinjoe said:

So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
Go look up the last time this season UCLA lost two games out of three, let alone two games back to back.

I have a better chance of waking up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger tomorrow morning, than we have of UCLA tanking in their own yard this weekend.


Regionals are crazy sometimes. Just got to beat then once.
We're down by 5 and UCLA just executed to double play to end our inning.

We need more than crazy to win this one.
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jumpinjoe said:

Oldbear83 said:

jumpinjoe said:

So technically...

A. If UCLA were to lose to Omaha, we might need to beat them just once, or

B. If UCLA laid an egg and got beat twice by the #4 seed and then eliminated by the #3 seed, we wouldn't need to play them at all.
Go look up the last time this season UCLA lost two games out of three, let alone two games back to back.

I have a better chance of waking up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger tomorrow morning, than we have of UCLA tanking in their own yard this weekend.


Well, well, well... how does it feel to wake up 50 pounds lighter and 20 years younger for UCLA tanking to LMU?

Looks like Option A...We need to only beat UCLA once.


UCLA hasn't tanked unless we beat them. B7 we're down by 5, you tell me how this plays out.
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I consider the #1 team to have tanked back to back games, Omaha and LMU, when considering the most popular definition for "tanking". Playing Omaha close, although winning, and losing to LMU, was back to back tanking in my opinion.

"To tank something is to do badly or at it, or fail. "

The other popular definition, which doesn't make sense the way you used it, is to lose with the intention of moving up in draft order.

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