Facing elimination, UCLA overhauls lineup
OMAHA, Neb. -- After UCLA was limited to only three hits in Monday night's 7-1 loss to South Carolina in the first game of the College World Series championship series, the Bruins' lineup will have a completely different look for tonight's Game 2 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
UCLA coach John Savage is trying to jump-start the Bruins, who have to win the next two games to win their first national championship in baseball.
Savage benched regular first baseman Justin Uribe, who is hitting only .118 in five games at the CWS. Sophomore third baseman Dean Espy is moving to first base, and freshman Trevor Brown will get the starting nod at third.
Also, shortstop Niko Gallego moves into the leadoff spot, and center fielder Beau Amaral drops to No. 2.
Junior Brett Krill gets the start in right field, with Chris Giovinazzo moving to left. Freshman Jeff Gelalich, who is hitting .333 in five games in Omaha, moves to the bench.
As expected, the Bruins will face left-handed pitcher Michael Roth, who threw a complete-game, three-hitter in Carolina's 5-1 win over rival Clemson on Friday night. It was Roth's first start of the season and he'll be trying to come back on three days' rest after throwing 109 pitches.
The Bruins will counter with left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who was the losing pitcher in the Bruins' 6-2 loss to TCU on June 25. He threw 95 pitches in 4 1/3 innings against the Horned Frogs.