UCLA Baseball Tabbed No. 1 Rising Program by Rivals.com

Aug. 13, 2007

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LOS ANGELES - Two months removed from its first trip to the NCAA Super Regionals since 2000, the UCLA baseball program has been hailed as the nation's top rising college baseball program by Rivals.com. The national college website has lauded UCLA for its recent postseason runs and continued success on the recruiting trail.

Under head coach John Savage, the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2006 and 2007 and finished their 2007 campaign in the Fullerton Super Regional. Savage's first two recruiting classes have been ranked No. 5 and No. 13, respectively, by Baseball America. Likewise, the Bruins' schedules have been rated the No. 1 and No. 3 most difficult schedules in the country the last two seasons.

UCLA returns 23 letterwinners and two redshirt freshmen in 2008 and will welcome 11 newcomers (10 freshmen and one junior college transfer). Seven of nine starting position players, including the designated hitter, return next season. Likewise, two of the Bruins' three weekend starters will be back on the mound in 2008.

Additionally, UCLA looks forward to the return of outfielders Blair Dunlap and Jeff Rapoport and right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer - all three players missed nearly the entire 2007 season with injuries.

UCLA opens its 2008 season with a three-game series against Oklahoma at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

Rivals.com's Top 10 Rising Programs
Rank School
2. UC Irvine
3. San Diego
4. Missouri
5. Louisville
6. Texas A&M
7. UC Riverside
8. Michigan
9. Coastal Carolina
10. Memphis