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Baseball: The Trevor Bauer story

June 26, 2010 |  9:17 pm

"He is a freak," said one ESPN commentator.

Well, Trevor Bauer is different, but that's the way he always has been since he pitched for Newhall Hart and left school a year early to join UCLA as a 17-year-old freshman.

In 2008, when he was a junior at Hart, Bauer was the best pitcher in Southern California. And he has continued to get better, so his 13-strikeout performance Saturday in helping UCLA defeat TCU, 10-3, in 100-degree temperatures in Omaha in the College World Series should come as no surprise.

But people are getting a kick out of his pitching routine and antics off the field. He did many of the same quirky things at Hart. He's an engineer in the making, a brilliant student and someone who can focus on the task at hand.

Here's a video from two years ago with Bauer explaining why he left Hart a year early and showing off some of his practice routines.

Only a sophomore, he's going to be a first-round draft pick in 2011 and he might get an NCAA championship if the Bruins can win two games this coming week in a series against South Carolina that begins Monday.

-- Eric Sondheimer