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Two locals help UCLA baseball win L.A. regional

Brian Mundell's Cal Poly team goes down on same day

Posted: June 2, 2013 10:44 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2013 10:44 p.m.

UCLA's Eric Filia, right, celebrates scoring a run with his teammates against San Diego on Sunday in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grant Watson allowed one hit over seven innings to lead No. 1 seeded UCLA to a 6-0 victory over San Diego and the NCAA tournament’s Los Angeles regional title on Sunday night.

The Bruins (42-17) advanced to a best-of-three super regional matchup against the winner of the Fullerton regional beginning Friday at a location to be announced. UCLA is in the super regionals for the fourth time in seven years.

Hart alumnus Pat Valaika had a two-run single and Pat Gallagher and Cody Regis each hit RBI singles for UCLA.

“It’s a lot easier to play when you’re up four,” Valaika said. “We only faced 29 batters. We had a good tempo and today was one of the biggest team wins.”

The only hit Watson (8-3) gave up was a fourth-inning double to Austin Green. The left-hander struck out five and walked one. Zack Weiss pitched the eighth and David Berg closed out the ninth for UCLA.

Starter Max Homick lasted only a one-third of an inning for San Diego (37-25), giving up five hits and four runs before being pulled.

“It’s always nice getting four runs in the first inning,” Watson said. “I felt good and I kept working at it.”

Gallagher added a RBI sacrifice fly and Kevin Williams had an RBI double to extend UCLA’s lead to 6-0.

“We’re very excited and proud our team,” UCLA coach John Savage said. “We pitched, played solid defense and quality at-bats.

“It was a good team weekend. It was a difficult regional. If you want to be talked about with the likes of Fullerton you have to go to Omaha.”

The Toreros reached the game against UCLA by beating Cal Poly 8-5 earlier in day.

“For them to roll a four-spot right away was challenging for our guys,” San Diego coach Rich Hill said of UCLA. “And Grant Watson was spectacular and UCLA’s bullpen is the best in the nation. It rivals any in the history of college baseball.”

Notes: Earlier in the day, San Diego beat Cal Poly 8-5 in an elimination game, which set up the later game against UCLA.

The loss ended the season for Cal Poly (40-19)and its designated hitter Brian Mundell, a Valencia High graduate who had a strong freshman season.

San Diego broke the game open against Cal Poly (40-19) in the sixth inning by scoring four runs on only one hit. Conyers hit a two-run single and Austin Bailey and Joe each drew bases-loaded walks as the Toreros upped their lead to 8-3.

Mundell was 3-for-12 in  the team’s three games played in the L.A. regional. He hit a home run and had four RBIs on Friday against San Diego.

He finished the season with a team-high 11 home runs to go with 42 RBIs and a .269 average.


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