The credit was being thrown all over the place Tuesday night as UCLA head coach John Savage and his team celebrated the first College World Series championship in school history.
Not to be overlooked, for sure, was the job done by the Bruins' pitching coach as the arms of three starters and three relievers carried the team not only in Omaha but throughout the NCAA tournament.
That just happened to also be Savage, the ninth-year skipper who has brought three of his last four teams to the CWS and had his team play for a national championship in 2010.
“He's one of the best in the business, if not the best,” UCLA assistant coach T.J. Bruce said.
Bruce, Rex Peters and Jake Silverman work with the Bruin hitters, infielders, outfielders, catchers, recruiting, etc.
Savage handles the pitchers.
“John's obviously a great teacher of the art of pitching,” Peters said. “I don't know a better pitch-caller in the game than him.
“We're fortunate to have some pitchers that can execute pitches, and when those pitchers throw his game that he calls they're pretty tough to hit.”
That was quite the understatement as Bruce and Peters reflected on the job their boss had done with his staff as UCLA celebrated at TD Ameritrade Park. It was fitting that the title was clinched with a shutout as the Bruins beat Mississippi State 8-0 to sweep the championship series.
UCLA pitchers dominated the CWS, allowing just four runs in compiling a 5-0 record. Bruce said it was the culmination of all Savage had done with them through the season.