OMAHA, Neb. —
The Bruins carry a nine-game win streak into the finals. They’re 19-4 since May 1 and came to the CWS off the momentum created by sweeping No. 5 national seed Cal State Fullerton in super regionals.
“Nobody thought we’d win a game there,” shortstop Pat Valaika said.
Few would have thought the Bruins could have won three straight in Omaha after scoring just eight runs.
For a small ball-playing team batting just .248 for the season, timing is everything. Mississippi State’s Cohen said that’s what makes UCLA dangerous.
“When you look at their numbers and watch them play, it’s pretty obvious they aren’t going to beat themselves,” he said. “When you see infielders with less than 10 errors in close to 70 games, that’s pretty remarkable.
“Everybody talks about their numbers offensively, but they get key hits and when they get a guy on first base, they know how to get him in to score. It’ll be a tremendous challenge for us.”