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UCLA's John Savage Earns National Coach of the Year Acclaim
By: UCLA Athletics

June 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES - UCLA head coach John Savage has captured National Coach of the Year acclaim by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the national publication announced on Friday.

In addition, Savage was named the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year on Friday after having led UCLA to its first baseball NCAA championship. The Bruins (49-17) rolled through the NCAA Tournament with a 10-0 record, going 5-0 at the College World Series.

UCLA faced a challenging gauntlet of teams during its run to the national championship. The Bruins defeated two ranked teams in Cal Poly and San Diego in NCAA Regional action along with San Diego State. The following weekend, UCLA won a pair of closely-contested games at No. 5-ranked Cal State Fullerton.

At the College World Series, UCLA knocked off No. 4-ranked LSU, N.C. State and No. 1-ranked North Carolina in bracket play before sweeping a pair of games against Mississippi State in a best-of-three championship series.

UCLA's pitching staff limited its opposition to four runs in five College World Series games. In the 67-year-history of the College World Series, only one national champion has surrendered fewer runs than UCLA did in 2013 (California, three runs allowed in 1957). The Bruins were the first team in College World Series history to allow one run or less in each of five games.

UCLA only surrendered one run in two games played against hard-hitting Mississippi State in the championship series. The one run allowed is the fewest amount of runs surrendered by any team in the best-of-three finals (since the format was adopted in 1999). UCLA's pitchers allowed 14 runs in 10 postseason games.

The Bruins' pitching staff posted a 2.55 ERA and struck out 457 batters, allowing just 163 walks. Along with catcher Shane Zeile, UCLA's staff allowed 42 stolen bases in 64 attempts through 66 games and limited the opposition to one stolen base in the College World Series.

The past four seasons, Savage has helped UCLA post ERA figures under 3.30. In 2010, the Bruins had a 3.00 team ERA, followed by 2.44 in 2011, 3.13 in 2012 and 2.55 in 2013.

Savage has helped guide UCLA to the postseason in seven of the last eight years. The Bruins have advanced to the College World Series in three of the past four seasons.

He became UCLA's first head coach to lead the Bruins to the finals of the College World Series in 2010, guiding the squad to a 51-17 record and a runner-up finish in the championship series of the CWS.

In addition, UCLA has produced 65 MLB Draft selections during Savage's nine-year tenure in Westwood.

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Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
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at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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