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Bruins Nation 13 hours ago

UCLA Looks to Bounce Back Against UC Berkeley

After dropping the series opener, 2-0, UCLA will attempt to even the series today at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 4 p.m. PT. The California Golden Bears beat the UCLA Bruins baseball team last night at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 2-0. The Bears (23-11; 10-6 PAC 12) scored both of their runs in the sixth inning, one on a solo home run by Lucas Erceg (the Bears average exactly one home run per game), and one on an RBI single by Nick Halamandaris. The Bruins (26-8; 12-4 in PAC 12) had their chances on offense late, stranding two runners in the seventh inning, two runners in the...
Bruins Nation 15 hours ago

BOOM! 4* WR Darian Owens Commits to UCLA

The Bruins get a big time commitment from one of the top receivers on the West Coast. The clock hit 12:15, but it was all 4sUp and 8Claps in Westwood as the UCLA Bruins got a commitment from Darian Owens, one of the top 2016 WR recruits in California. Congrats bro @Darian3Owens ✊ #4sUP pic.twitter.com/v14UjwmMg8 — Bryan Wilcots1⃣5⃣ (@bry_bry2504) April 17, 2015 Darian Owens is listed at 6-0 and 192 and is rated as the #20 wide receiver by Rivals, and the #4 ATH in California by Scout. He plays for Clovis West HS in Fresno. Here you can see his Rivals profile Rivals profile,...
Bruins Nation 18 hours ago

UCLA Gymnastics - NCAA Semifinal Preview and Thread

Today, beginning at 11 am UCLA time, the UCLA gymnastics team will compete in Fort Worth, Texas for a chance to advance to the NCAA finals tomorrow. The UCLA Gymnastics team earned a spot in the NCAA semifinals by receiving the top score in the Columbus regional. This is the 31st time the women's team has advanced to the NCAA championships. UCLA will compete against five other teams in the semis and the top three scoring teams will compete in the Super Six round for the championship on Saturday. UCLA athletes will also be vying for a chance to compete in the individual competition on...
Bruins Nation 21 hours ago

This Week's Spring Practice Saturday Breakfast Is Cancelled

Saturday's scheduled Spring Practice Breafast is being cancelled because practice is closed to everyone. Due to this weekend's Coaches' Clinic, practice on Saturday is closed to both the public and the media. As a result, the breakfast meetup which we had originally scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled. While we could certainly try to watch from Lot 8, it doesn't make sense to try. Considering that we would likely be chased away from the wall overlooking Spaulding Field in Lot 8, it would likely be a waste of time and money to try. So, we'll skip it for tomorrow. But, we are still planning...
Bruins Nation Apr 16, 2015

The Golden Bears Come to Town for a Series Against the Bruins

The Bruins will honor Jackie Robinson tonight with throwback uniforms. Tonight, the UCLA Bruins baseball team begins a three-game series against the California Golden Bears. Although this is an important game and an important series, tonight’s game is also a commemoration and a celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, which occurred yesterday, marking the sixty-eighth anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. UCLA will wear special throwback uniforms and cleats to honor Jackie Robinson tonight. It should be a very special evening. If you are able to...
Bruins Nation Apr 16, 2015

Spaulding Report: Building a Base on UCLA's Defense

The Bruins had a light practice this morning as part of their 2015 Spring Camp as the players and coaches continue to build a base for the upcoming season. After a 7am practice on Wednesday, the Bruins were right back at it again this morning at Spaulding with practice #10 of the Spring season. According to our friend Chris Foster at the L.A. Times, the Bruins had a light practice without pads. The quarterback rotation continued today with Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard getting the reps. Foster noted that Little Neu was 5 of 8 passing and Woulard was 7 of 9, both of those presumably...
Bruins Nation Apr 16, 2015

UCLA Bruin Bites: Seeing Cardinal

It was another busy week for UCLA's Olympic sports student-athletes. Four of our teams squared off against the Cardinal, but only two came away with victories. Meanwhile, our men's volleyball team has a Friday showdown with the Cardinal for the final spot in the MPSF tournament, and our tennis teams have crucial back-to-back matches against Southern Cal on Thursday. Softball Our eighth-ranked Bruins opened the week with a Wednesday game against Cal State Fullerton. After a disheartening series loss to Oregon, UCLA needed to get back to winning ways, and they did so in style against the...
Bruins Nation Apr 15, 2015

Season isn't over yet: UCLA Basketball Recruiting

UCLA's 2015-16 may rest on the shoulders of someone not yet recruited Bruinette has a very good article on the front page on basketball but I think it is too early to close the books on the 2014-15 season.  A key part of that season is not over yet.  That part, of course, is recruiting. Last year, Steve Alford hit one home run on recruiting and had some spectacular strikeouts on point guards.  Kevon Looney was a home run.  We can debate endlessly on whether the failures on point guard were because Steve Alford really did not want a point guard so his son could have the position....
Bruins Nation Apr 15, 2015

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Ahead of Schedule

Noel Mazzone says the Bruin offense is further ahead than he anticipated, but that's not because we saw any changes in the quarterback rotation for spring practice. The U.C.L.A. Bruins held practice #8 early this morning at Spaulding. It looked like the previous seven. The big news we were looking for today was if there was any sort of change in the quarterback rotation which might signal that the coaches are slotting guys on the depth chart, but from the interview with Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone, it doesn't sound like that's coming anytime soon. Mazzone was his usual joking self...
Bruins Nation Apr 15, 2015

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15th 1947, a UCLA Bruin broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and changed a team, a sport, and an entire nation. There are a lot of Bruin legends in the sporting world. We are rightfully proud of names like Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Lew Alcindor and Ann Meyers-Drysdale and Arthur Ashe and Lisa Fernandez and Bill Walton and Troy Aikman and Natalie Williams and Karch Kiraly. There was also a man we just called Coach. And there are a thousand other Bruins whose names and accomplishments we cherish. And then there was Jackie Robinson. Of all of those...
Bruins Nation Apr 14, 2015

UCLA Baseball Faces Off Against Cal State Fullerton Tonight

The Bruins, leaders of the PAC 12 Conference, take on the Titans, second in the Big West Conference. Fresh off their series win over cross-town rivals, Southern Cal, the UCLA Bruins baseball team (25-7; 12-3 PAC 12) takes on Cal State Fullerton tonight in a mid-week game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA is now ranked #3 in the nation by 4 of the 5 college baseball ranking services and ranked #2 in the other. The Bruins have a one game lead in the PAC 12 Conference over Arizona State. This is the first of five games that UCLA will play at home, with a three game series against Cal this...
Bruins Nation Apr 14, 2015

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Waiting for a Quarterback and Defense Rules!

Jim Mora spoke with the media today about the quarterback position and other developments. But it seems today was about the defense. It seems Jim Mora may have found a way to put questions off about who would be UCLA's quarterback. Petros and Money were at practice today and seemed to get the most information anyone has gotten thus far about the quarterback selection process.  Besides the usual fun interviews with coaches, players and Southern Cal jabs, they were able to get Coach Mora to say something. Are you ready? We will know who UCLA's quarterback will be when the offense takes the...
Bruins Nation Apr 13, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: UCLA Gymnasts, Linebackers, and Point Guard U

While the UCLA Gymnastics team heads to the NCAA's this week, the Baseball team shows Southern Cal what's what, and former UCLA point guards show why we were once Point Guard U. The UCLA Gymnastics team makes their annual appearance in the NCAA gymnastics semi-finals on Friday. If they are among the top six teams, they compete for the National Championship in the Super Six competition on Saturday.  Samantha Peszek and others will also be looking to get to the individual competition on Sunday. @uclagymnastics Coach Kondos Field on @samanthapeszek: "You couldn’t ask for more in a leader...
Bruins Nation Apr 13, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Were Expectations Met?

We look back at Bruins Nation's expectations for the 2014-15 UCLA basketball season. Did Steve Alford's team meet our reasonable expectations? Before the start of the 2014-15 campaign, chrissorr detailed reasonable expectations for Steve Alford and the Bruins in part 4 of his terrific season preview series. With basketball season in the rearview mirror now, it's time to revisit his analysis to see how the Bruins fared relative to Bruins Nation's expectations for the season. Let's start by reviewing chrissorr's evaluation of the Pac-12 title contenders and UCLA's position relative to the...
Bruins Nation Apr 12, 2015

Bruins or Trogans? Who Will Take the Rubber Game?

Southern Cal fights back on Saturday night, blanking UCLA 5-0, to even the series with the finale this afternoon. The (evil) Empire Strikes Back. The Southern Cal Trogans beat up on the UCLA Bruins last night, in a game that was the complete opposite from Friday afternoon's UCLA victory. The two rivals will duel for the series win today at 2 p.m. PT. Last night, it was the Trogans that got out to an early first inning lead (2-0), built upon that lead with a subsequent home run, and cruised to a 5-0 win behind a strong effort from starting pitcher, Kyle Twomey, who scattered 7 hits over 7...
Bruins Nation Apr 12, 2015

The Weakly Bruin - UCLA Geezerville Edition, Volume 2

Special "No Basketball" Edition. More news of an concerning UCLA that you won't find anywhere else. The Sunday paper is spread out on the living room floor (it's the Examiner or the Daily Mirror - no fishwrap allowed). College basketball is over, except for the experts telling us about a couple of kids in elementary school who look like they will be sure fire lottery picks. Football is still months away, and your favorite MLB team still has a way to go before it catches up with our Pac-12 leading Bruins. It's time to pick through the sections of the paper and see what's included and...
Bruins Nation Apr 10, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: Why Not Bowl?

From Sinjin Smith to Sam Mewis, we take a look at what UCLA Bruins are tweeting about this week. So long college basketball. So long college basketball. Youll be missed...until we meet again in November. @BillWalton @ESPNCBB #WISCvsDuke pic.twitter.com/5niimalNXr— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) April 7, 2015 College basketball may be in the rearview mirror now, but there was a happy ending for our women's basketball team. Congrats @CoachCloseUCLA on winning UCLAs first-ever WNIT Championship and the Pac-12s 7th overall! pic.twitter.com/vBMq2TvE2P— UCLA W. Basketball (@UCLAWBB) April 5, 2015...
Bruins Nation Apr 10, 2015

A Marquee Showdown for SoCal Baseball Supremacy

UCLA set to battle Southern Cal at Dedeaux Field. In a college baseball match up the city of Los Angeles has not seen in over a decade, the Southern California Trogans (25-7; 7-2 PAC 12) host the UCLA Bruins (23-6; 10-2 PAC 12) in a pivotal three game Crosstown Showdown that will go a long way toward who has the inside track to the PAC 12 Championship and the inside track to a potential national seed. THE BACKGROUND Southern Cal Historically one of the premier programs in the PAC 12 (5 consecutive National Championships in the 1970s and 12 overall), Southern Cal is finally fighting its way...
Bruins Nation Apr 10, 2015

UCLA Bruin Bites: Jordin Canada Edition

The Bruins are the 2015 WNIT National Champions. Will they be playing for a real National Championship next season? Women's Basketball In case you missed it, the UCLA women's basketball team won the 2015 WNIT National Championship! I know what you're thinking...Is there a t-shirt? You bet! That t-shirt alone tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the priorities of Dan Guerrero. But getting back to our women's basketball team, they beat a tough West Virginia squad in the WNIT final, 62-60, to claim the consolation tournament title and finish the season with a...
Bruins Nation Apr 9, 2015

UCLA Baseball Midseason Roundtable

Bruins Nation takes a look at what the UCLA Bruin baseball team has accomplished in the first half of the season, and where the Bruins are headed before a critical series with Southern Cal. The UCLA Bruins baseball team has played 29 games of its 56 game regular season schedule. 27 games remain. The baseball team has just passed the halfway point of its season. It is presently 23-6, and 10-2 in the PAC 12 Conference, sitting in first place all by itself. The Bruins are ranked in the top 7 in all major baseball ranking services. At this point, before UCLA’s important series at Southern Cal...

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