On Sunday evening UCLA beat Cal State Fullerton to win their Super Regional and clinch a berth into the College World Series for the first time since 1997. I noted that the team had a six-man high pileup in their celebration after winning, prompting pitcher Rob Rasmussen to scream “get the f— off me.” At the time, I said that UCLA didn’t learn the lesson from Angels first baseman Kendry Morales about the hazards of reckless celebrations. Unfortunately it turns out I was right because we can now add another athlete to the list of players hurt and injured while celebrating.
Bruins second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, who had the go-ahead two run home run in the 9th inning on Saturday with UCLA facing elimination, will miss the College World Series because of a broken wrist. Rahmatulla’s wrist had been bothering him ever since the dogpile celebration the Bruins had on Sunday night and X-rays revealed the break. The sophomore second baseman was hitting .328 with a team-high 52 runs scored and 118 total bases on the year. Maybe next time the Bruins will settle for high fives and ass pats.
Rahmatulla lost for CWS [Inside UCLA/LA Daily News]