As soon as the final out was recorded in a 8-0 win against Mississippi State, the Bruins crashed into one another just beyond the pitcher’s mound.
The monotonous moments of Tuesday’s blowout only seemed to increase the wait (the eight-run margin of victory was the largest in a title-clinching games since 2003).
But when the game was over, the celebration began. Immediately. Hats and gloves went flying in the air. Confetti was launched over both dugouts. Fireworks lit up the sky.
Of the 108 NCAA championships won by UCLA, none had been earned by the baseball program. Until now. No. 109 belongs to coach John Savage and his Bruins.
“It means everything,” Savage said in a live post-game interview displayed on the big screen. “This is for all the Bruins. I’m just so proud of the program, our coaches, our players, everybody involved. It’s a family. We did it together.”
The post-CWS awards ceremony took place soon after that.
Mississippi State players, one by one as their names were announced on the PA. Then the whole team gathered on stage to accept the runner-up trophy, posing on stage as a few hundred remaining Bulldog fans cheered.
It was UCLA’s turn after that. The players, already sporting their national championship T-shirts and hats, hugged one another as they stepped on stage. Then the entire team started posing…
The CWS all-tournament team was released, too…
C — Brian Holberton, North Carolina
1B — Wes Rea, Mississippi State
2B — Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
SS — Pat Valaika, UCLA
3B — Colin Moran, North Carolina
OF — Michael Conforto, Oregon State
OF — Eric Filia, UCLA
OF — Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State
DH — Trey Porter, Mississippi State
P — Adam Plutko, UCLA
P — Nick Vander Tuig, UCLA
Most Outstanding Player: Adam Plutko, UCLA