UCLA's Ben Francisco, Chase Utley Lead Philadelphia Phillies to World Series

Oct. 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - Former UCLA baseball players Ben Francisco and Chase Utley have helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the 2009 World Series after having won the National League Championship, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to one in a best-of-seven series last week.

Utley has batted at a .277 clip, going 10-for-36, in nine playoff games this month. The Phillies' second baseman has scored eight runs, collecting one home run, two RBI and eight walks in the postseason. Francisco has gone hitless in four at-bats, being used off the bench in seven playoff games.

Philadelphia secured its third consecutive National League Eastern Division title in 2009 before earning its second consecutive appearance to the World Series. In 2008, the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first World Series title since 1980. Utley played a major role on that championship-winning team.

Francisco is making his first postseason appearance this year after having been traded from the Cleveland Indians to Philadelphia in July 2009.

The World Series begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, as the Philadelphia Phillies face the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. All World Series games will be televised live on FOX. First pitch on Wednesday is slated for 4:57 p.m. (PT).

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