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College Baseball World Series Bracket 2012: Irony for UCLA in Return to Omaha

Published by on June 14, 2012

Here's a pitch for another ESPN 30 For 30 special:

What if I told you that a team lost its two best players and actually did better the very next year?

That's exactly what's happened with the UCLA baseball team, which will begin its latest quest for the school's first College World Series title in Omaha on Friday against Stony Brook.

The Bruins had nine players taken in the 2011 MLB Draft, including star pitchers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. They went first and third overall, respectively.

And yet, last year's team proved to be a severe disappointment.

True, the Bruins won their first Pac-10 title in over a decade and their seventh conference crown overall, but they failed to advance out of the regional.

This, after finishing as the runner-up to South Carolina in Omaha in 2010 and ranking in the top three of just about every preseason poll in 2011.

So Cole and Bauer left, and UCLA came into the season ranked no higher than 14th.

All the Bruins did was go 42-14 duri...

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