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College World Series: Family making title tour

Twins could be on track for national championships

Posted: June 2, 2010 10:15 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

UCLA freshman Trevor Brown, a Hart High graduate, could advance to the Men’s College World Series with strong regional.

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For some athletes, making it to the baseball or softball College World Series is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, maybe even a dream come true.

For fraternal twins Melissa and Trevor Brown, it could also mean a lot of traveling for their parents.

Melissa and the University of Tennessee, are headed to Oklahoma City for the eight-team women's tournament, which starts today, while Trevor and UCLA host a four-team regional beginning Friday, with a chance to play in the men's tournament on the line.

"It's really fun to see that we both have gotten the chance to do what we love and excel like we both have - our teams I mean," Melissa said. "Just to know that we are both kind of going through the same thing, it's just awesome. I never would have thought when were younger that we would both get the same opportunity and it's really cool to share that with him."

The Volunteers begin their final national championship push against Arizona, while the Bruins open up against Kent State.

Also in UCLA's regional draw are UC Irvine and defending national champion Louisiana State.

But Trevor and the Bruins aren't intimidated.

"Our season is going great," he said. "I think our team chemistry is awesome. Just with the mix of a lot of talent and good coaching, our team is playing well together."

On the year, Melissa is batting .279 in 61 at-bats, with 16 runs scored and five doubles.

Trevor has also seen limited action, and has made the most of it with a .288 average, including his first-ever collegiate home run.

The two-run shot came on Sunday in an 11-1 win over Washington State.

"We had a pretty good lead on them on Sunday and I got to get a pinch at-bat," he said. "I just put a good quick swing on the ball and it happened to go out."

It was the kind of experience he couldn't wait to tell Melissa about.

The two Hart High graduates don't have much free time these days, but they do get chances to reconnect from time to time and have remained close.

"I wouldn't say we read each other's minds, you know, the whole twin thing, but we definitely are close and we understand each other and what we are both going through," Melissa said. "It is definitely cool to have someone I can talk to about everything."

And early in their college careers, both players possess tremendous versatility, according to their high school coaches.

In fact, Hart head baseball coach Jim Ozella said it could one day pave Trevor's way to the professional ranks.

"In regards to Hart, he's very unique," Ozella said. "We haven't really had an athlete that could be multi-dimensional like that. Any day, he could be a pitcher or catcher or play middle infield. But how many guys could really play all those positions and play them equally well?"

Said Indians head coach Steve Calendo of Melissa: "She was a coach's dream. She worked very, very hard and was there all the time - after practice, on the weekend. She had a really competitive spirit and desire. It's no surprise that she is doing well."

Helping ensure she does well are former Santa Clarita Valley softball talents and current Tennessee teammates Jessica Spigner, a Valencia grad, and Tiffany Huff, out of Saugus.

For Trevor, it's former Hart teammate and current roommate, Trevor Bauer, who has helped ease the transition.

But at the end of the day, it is the two siblings pushing each other to excel.

"We've been competing with each other with travel ball and everything our entire life, so it's awesome to take that a little bit further to both be able to play in the College World Series for our teams," Trevor said.

And with a successful weekend, Trevor could earn that trip to the Men's College World Series, which begins June 19 in Omaha, Neb.

"My dad and mom are both excited about it," he said. "My dad is flying out to watch (Melissa) play in Oklahoma and hopefully, if we get to go Omaha, they are both going to get to go out there too."

 

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