WIth the UCLA baseball team beating Oregon and two conferences foes suffering losses, the Bruins clinched the 2019 Pac-12 Championship.
Hard work pays off, and no one knows that better than the UCLA baseball (46-8) team who are your 2019 Pac-12 Champions!
It has been a fun ride as the Bruins have dominated the college baseball landscape this season and it got even better on Thursday night against Oregon. UCLA entered their final series of the season as the #1 team in the nation, a position they have held for ten consecutive weeks.
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With three games remaining, the Bruins held a 2.5 game lead over Stanford and Oregon State, both of which were tied for second in the conference. Oregon entered the game with a record of 27-28, 10-18, good for only 9th place in the standings.
The Bruins needed to win all three of their series games or have both the Cardinal and Beavers lose one game. To the surprise of Bruin fans everywhere, the latter co-occurred on Thursday evening.
UCLA had already won their game against the Ducks but had to wait and see what the results would be with Stanford and OSU.
It was not a comfortable victory as Oregon had put the pressure on the Bruins three innings in. UCLA had taken the 2-0 lead with runs in the second and third inning, but the Ducks tied it with two in the bottom of the third.
Oregon had held UCLA scoreless for four innings, but the Bruins were finally able to retaliate in the eighth when Michael Toglia hit a two-run blast to left field, bringing in both him and Jake Moberg for the game-winning runs.
UCLA was on their team bus when they found out they won the championship. The Bruins were glued to their phones as they saw Arizona State get a hit which brought in the winning score to take down #2 Stanford, 6-5. Oregon State had suffered their loss just before that. As you can see in the video below, it was a bouncing bus full of happy Bruins.
UCLA plays their final two games of the regular season Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.