Posted: Jun 23, 2013 5:18 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 23, 2013 7:15 PM
San Luis Obispo native Alex Detz and the Mississippi State baseball team open the College World Series final against UCLA on Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mississippi State enters the best of three game series with an overall record of 51-18 and a perfect 3-0 mark at the College World Series.
Detz is a junior third baseman for the Bulldogs. He's hitting .321 from the second position in the lineup. The Bulldogs are in the CWS final for the first time in program history.
For Detz, who graduated from Mission Prep and earned All-Conference First Team honors at Cuesta College last season, being a part of the Bulldogs' Cinderella postseason run is a dream come true.
"It's really unbelievable, it's kind of surreal from where I was at last year at junior college. We didn't even win a playoff game both years I was there. So to have this kind of success with this team the first year it's awesome," said Detz, during a phone interview with KSBY from Omaha.
Game one is on Monday with game two set for Tuesday and a third game, if necessary, scheduled for Wednesday. All games start at 5 p.m. California time.
UCLA enters the best-of-three series with a nine game winning streak. The Bruins are 8-0 in the NCAA Tournament, including wins over Cal Poly, as well as the No. 1 overall seed North Carolina. UCLA has made it to the finals with pitching and defense. The Bruins rank first in the 2013 College World Series with a 1.00 ERA and a .991 fielding percentage.
The UCLA Athletic Department boasts 108 national titles, but not a single one is from the baseball team. Its last chance came in 2010 when it faced another Southeastern Conference opponent in South Carolina. The Gamecocks swept the Bruins in two games. Paso Robles High graduate Matt Drummond pitched for the Bruins that season.
The last Central Coast native to win a College World Series title was Atascadero High graduate Ryan Overland in 2008 with Fresno State.
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