Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 AT 10:59 AM / Updated at 12:45 PM
Baseball program hoping to add to UCLA’s winning tradition
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

There’s a room in the UCLA athletics Hall of Fame building where the school’s 108 NCAA championship trophies in all sports are on display. And the baseball players only have one problem with it.

They haven’t contributed one. Not yet anyway.

This is the Bruins’ fifth trip to the College World Series, and they’re now one win away from claiming their first national crown in baseball.

They’re trying not to think about it on those terms, though. After Monday’s 3-1 win over Mississippi State, none of the Bruins wanted to ponder the possible significance of a title or the potential sense of satisfaction associated with winning one.

But guys like sophomore Shane Zeile walk through that UCLA trophy room all the time, presumably pondering the idea of the baseball team adding more hardware to the shrine. “It’s fun to go through there once in a while. It’s a good keepsake,” he said.

Senior Cody Regis described the Hall of Fame building like this: “It’s actually really cool. It’s got all the national championship trophies, and the watches, the rings from basketball and everything.”

And for baseball?

Said Regis: “Nothing. We haven’t won one yet.”

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About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.