Not only is UCLA the national champion, the Bruins also serve as a model for how to build a winner in this new era of college baseball.
The Bruins ended the year with nary a .300 hitter, but, boy, could they pitch and play defense.
''We play a lot of tight games,'' star closer David Berg said. ''We aren't explosive offensively, but we win a lot of games because we do execute.''
They did all season, but never more than at the College World Series, where their grinding offense and lockdown pitching and defense both frustrated and fascinated opponents.
Some coaches have lamented the drop-off in offense since new bat standards went into effect in 2011. There also has been grumbling about how unfriendly the cavernous TD Ameritrade Park is to home-run hitters.
Bruins coach John Savage said before the finals that those coaches need to stop complaining and start adjusting.
They might want to follow Savage's lead.
A pitching coach before he was a head coach, Savage always has adhered ...