LOS ANGELES—UCLA’s baseball season is over.
The top-seeded team in college baseball rallied to put runners on the corners in the ninth, but couldn’t produce the tying run in a 2-1 loss to Maryland on Monday, June 1 at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Maryland advances to play Virginia in their second consecutive super regional after winning two of three games against the Bruins.
Afterward, head coach John Savage sat at the press conference table next to senior closer David Berg — whom he called the best reliever in NCAA history — and redshirt junior shortstop Kevin Kramer. He took the time to thank both: “They made my job a lot easier.”
“The culture of UCLA baseball — it is clearly in a position that we’ve never seen it before,” said Savage. “The last, let’s call it six years, since 2010. … We’re very proud. We have very proud team members. We know what we need to accomplish. We still need to accomplish a lot more.”
After a strikeout and a flyout to left field to start the final inning, senior Chris Keck earned himself a walk and Kort Peterson followed that with a single to right field to put the go-ahead run on base.
The Bruins season ended after catcher Darrell Miller Jr. waited out a pitch on a 2-2 count and watched the strike come across the plate.
“They’re the best three seed I think I’ve ever seen in my 23 years in Division I baseball,” Savage said of Maryland. “… I think they deserved to win. I think they played better than us this weekend.”
For the second straight year, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament couldn’t make it out of the NCAA regionals.