LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Strumpf got to enjoy an incredible moment few players ever experience. Now he needs to put it in the back of his mind and focus on what’s next.
UCLA’s second baseman hit a pivotal home run that helped the top-ranked Bruins advance in the NCAA Tournament and found out he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft all in a two-minute span Monday.
Strumpf’s three-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Bruins a four-run lead over Loyola Marymount. They won 6-3 to reach a Super Regional for the first time in six years. UCLA now turns its attention to Michigan, but everyone in the program acknowledged the pressure of advancing in the tournament and the distraction of the draft this past week was unique.
“Whenever you get drafted, it’s exciting enough. But when you throw a three-run homer in there that can separate a championship game is a memory of a lifetime,” coach John Savage said. “The fact that his father came down and hollered at him is a moment their family will never forget.”
An inning after Strumpf homered, he committed an error that led to a…