Little tied the saves record for a single-season with 16 last year. With six more this year, he's on target to become the all-time saves leader at Stanford. Only Colton Hock (25) and Steve Chitren (26) have more.
It's the first time in nearly 20 years Sunken Diamond has hosted the top two ranked teams in the nation. It turned out well for the Cardinal (19-3) then and Little thinks he can get by again, with a little help from his teammates.
"You want to approach it like its a regular series," Little said after recording his 22nd career save in the Cardinal's 2-0 win over Fresno State on Tuesday. "Top to bottom, any team in this conference has a chance to surprise. When the No. 1 team rolls into town, you perk your ears up a little more."
The Bruins (21-5) are one of Stanford's oldest rivals, though reliable records were only kept beginning in 1959 and the Cardinal is 161-112 against UCLA since then.
Eleven players listed in D1 Baseball's top 350 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft are set to appear in the series, including Stanford's Kyle Stowers, Erik Miller, Sacred Heart Prep product Andrew Daschbach, Little and Maverick Handley.
Daschbach has caught fire recently, hitting .464 (13 for 28) in seven games before going 0-for-3 against the Bulldogs. He hit .196 (9-for-46) through his first 14 games.
Daschbach has hit safely in all six Pac-12 games and driven in four of his 11 runs.
He led the team in home runs (17), RBI (63) and total bases (125) last year. The 17 homers were the most in a season since Sean Ratliff hit 22 in 2008.
His current .286 average matches his career mark, a good sign he may not get what he wants but he gets what he needs.
UCLA and Stanford own two of the top three team ERAs in the nation.The Bruins' enter with a 2.54 ERA. Only Stanford at 2.36 and Bradley's 2.45 are better.
The Bruins hit .279 and Stanford hits .263. The series has all the makings of a classsic rock and roll battle.
"Any time the No. 1 team in the country comes in, it's a challenge," Stanford coach David Esquer said. "UCLA has no weaknesses. We'll see what type of focus we bring. For some it's the first taste of two highly-ranked teams playing. These are the kind of games you play at the end of the year when your focus is keyed up."
Last year's series in Los Angeles featured a combined 45 runs in the three-game series, of which UCLA won twice. Daschbach was 4-for-12, with three home runs and eight RBIs in the series. Tim Tawa and Stowers also homered against the Bruins.
No matter what happens this weekend, there's too much baseball and too many good teams in the conference to think this is a do-or-die series.
This is just another day in the life of a great baseball conference.
And what significance does "Paint it Black" bring for Little?
"I just like it," he said. "I've always been a fan of classic rock and I've had it in the back of my mind to use as a walk-in song. When all the pitchers got together last year, we debuted our songs. That intro riff got everybody liking it. It gets me psyched."
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