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UCLA Baseball Team Hosts Championship Rally
By: UCLA Athletics

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LOS ANGELES - The NCAA champion UCLA baseball team celebrated its first national championship in program history Thursday afternoon with a rally at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Highlights of Thursday's ceremony included head coach John Savage and former UCLA standout Eric Karros speaking at the rally along with the national championship banner being unveiled.

UCLA radio broadcaster John Ramey served as the ceremony's emcee. In addition, pitcher Adam Plutko and infielder Pat Valaika shared their thoughts on winning the NCAA Championship.

At the ceremony's conclusion, players, coaches and fans watch the unveiling of the NCAA Championship banner at the top of the Jack and Rhodine Gifford Hitting Facility. Following the rally, UCLA players and coaches signed autographs and posed for photos with fans at Jackie Robinson Stadium while fans waited in line to take a picture with the national championship trophy.

The Bruins went undefeated throughout the postseason, making them just the third team in college baseball history to advance through the postseason with a 10-0 record.

UCLA also made history by posting the lowest team ERA in the College World Series' aluminum bat era (0.80 ERA). The Bruins became the first team to complete the College World Series without allowing more than one run in each game.

UCLA finished its 2013 campaign with a 49-17 overall mark. The Bruins' 49 wins rank second all-time in school history (UCLA went 51-17 in 2010). The Bruins tied a school record with 21 conference victories and finished within the top three of the Pac-12 standings for the eighth straight year.

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