Savage and the women's soccer team will be honored with the Special Achievement Award for their respective accomplishments in 2013. Savage led the UCLA Baseball program to its first National Championship in program history over the summer while the women won their first NCAA crown in program history in December.
The baseball team went a perfect 10-0 in the 2013 postseason en route to the NCAA title. going 4-0 against national seeds in the tournament while eliminating two of them (No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, No. 1 North Carolina). At the College World Series, the Bruins' pitching staff only allowed four runs over five CWS games. In the 67-year-history of the College World Series, only one national champion gave up fewer runs than UCLA, as California allowed three in 1957. The Bruins were also the first team in CWS history to allow one run or less in each of the five games they played. Savage helped UCLA post an overall 49-17 record in 2013, marking the second-highest single-season win total in school history, and was the named the National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the ABCA and Perfect Game USA.
The women's soccer team, led by head coach Amanda Cromwell, won its first-ever NCAA national championship on Dec. 8 with a 1-0 overtime win over Florida State. The Bruins defeated the Seminoles on a 97th minute golden goal by Kodi Lavrusky to capture the title. UCLA, which finished with a 22-1-3 record, gave up just one goal during the entire NCAA tournament and allowed only eight goals all season. The Bruins also went unbeaten over their last 21 games. Cromwell became just the second female head coach ever to capture the title and the championship was the 110th for UCLA's athletic program, the most amongst all schools in the nation.
The SCSB luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 27. Anyone who wishes to attend may RSVP to Russell Ono by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 805-907-8366. Tickets can be purchased for $75 each.