Live from Omaha: CWS Game 4
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B9: And Berg gets Jones to fly out weakly to RF to record his 22nd save of the season. UCLA wins 2-1 and will play NC State on Tuesday, while LSU will take on North Carolina in a titantic matchup in a losers' bracket game. Aaron Nola gets handed his first loss of the year to fall to 12-1, while Adam Plutko moves to 9-3 in a game that lasted 3:10. We'll be back with a full game wrap up in a bit!
B9: And UCLA tries the grand illusion play AT SECOND! It doesn't work. Berg wheeled around to second, didn't throw and had the second baseman Cody Regis dive for a ball that wasn't thrown. The outfielders even got invovled. Kudos to Foster for not falling for it. Full count, two outs, two on ...
B9: Tyler Moore laces a single up the middle and now the winning run is on first. Here comes JaCoby Jones who's been pretty hot of late, hitting .350 in the NCAA tournament including today. Base-hit ties it, double wins it for LSU ...
B9: Forty-three teams in a row have won when leading after eight innings at the College World Series, including 27 here at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Not to jinx it or anything ...
B9: UCLA thought the game was over twice on two pitches called balls to Christian Ibarra. Instead, he walks. Jared Foster comes in to run for Ibarra while Tyler Moore comes in to pinch hit and is the winning run at the plate.
B9: This is why David Berg is one of the best. He gets Raph Rhymes to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play after they take the bunt off. Two outs. Nobody on.
B9: And just like that, LSU has the tying run on with nobody out after -- guess what? Another error by a shortstop. This time UCLA's Pat Valaikia commits the error to allow Mason Katz on. Buckle up!
T9: The Tigers get out of a first and third jam to keep the game right where it is -- 2-1 UCLA. Here comes David Berg who has 21 saves and a 0.88 ERA. He'll face the 4-5-6 batters in the LSU lineup, Mason Katz, Raph Rhymes and Christian Ibarra. Berg is going to earn this one!
T9: UCLA's Kevin Williams strikes out, but reaches first when Ty Ross can't find the ball. Pat Gallagher bunts him over to second as the Bruins look to get a very, very important insurance run -- even with the best closer in the country coming in, David Berg. The Bruins are 35-0 when leading after eight innings.
B8: Right-hander James Kaprielian relieves Plutko to start the inning. Plutko goes 7.0 IP, giving up one earned run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Kaprielian entered the game with 50 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, and he continued the trend by getting McMullen swinging for the first out. Laird and Bregman ground out to shortstop, and the Tigers go down in order. Tigers in trouble as we go to the ninth.
T8: Pinch-hitter Ty Moore rips a basehit to leftfield off Nola and gets UCLA going in the 8th. Moore entered the game hitting .208 on the year. The Bruins are scratching and clawing at every opportunity and Carroll bunts Moore over to second. Kramer flies out to left. Filia sends a hard-hit ball to shortstop, and Bregman -- the freshman -- can’t handle, allowing Moore to score the go-ahead run for the Bruins. It's Bregman's 17th error of the season and fourth in six NCAA tournament games. Filia keeps the pressure on, stealing second base, but Nola fans Valaika to end the inning ... 2-1 UCLA.
B7: Ibarra grounds out to Valaika at shortstop, who also records the second put out on a Ross pop up. Jones draws a two-out walk. Stevenson strikes out on Plutko’s 101st pitch of the game. Tied 1-1 after the 7th inning. When tied after seven innings, LSU is 7-2 and UCLA 5-2. Something’s got to give … soon.
T7: Nola hits Kevin Williams as the Bruins get the lead runner on base for the fourth straight inning. Gallagher strikes out looking, Williams steals his third base of the season. Zeile flies to center. The Bruins stay aggressive as Williams nabs third base, but Regis grounds out to second base and the score remains the same 1-1.
B6: Sean McMullen leads off with a fly out to center, and then Mark Laird quickly ends Plutko’s streak of six consecutive Tigers retired after the Katz homer with a single to right. Laird is the first player of the game with multiple hits. Bregman flies out to centerfielder Brian Carroll, who barely avoids a collision with leftfielder Brenton Allen. Katz works Plutko’s first walk of the game, but Rhymes ends the threat with the third fly out to Carroll this inning. Twelve LSU batters have flown out against Plutko. And, we head to the 7th still tied at 1-1.
T6: Brian Carroll wakes up the Tiger defense – and the UCLA crowd -- with a bunt basehit, but catcher Ty Ross throws it away and Carroll lands on second base. Kramer grounds out to second, advancing Carroll to third and Filia knocks him home on a sacrifice fly to left field. Valaika ends the inning with another fly ball to left. We’re all tied up at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth ... Tied 1-1.
T5: UCLA’s Pat Gallagher leads off with single to right-center and the Bruins try to get some small ball rolling, as Shane Zeile bunts him over for his ninth sacrifice of the season. But the Bruins leave Gallagher stranded as Cody Regis flies out to left and Nola gets Brenton Allen to look at one for the third out. Halfway through and LSU still leads 1-0.
B4: We finally have our first home run and it comes from LSU's Mason Katz as he blasts a shot to LF into the bullpen for his 16th home run of the season. It was the first time since 1972 that no home runs were hit in the first three games of the CWS ... 1-0 LSU.
T4: I put my head down for two minutes and we were through the third inning. Plutko and Nola are locked in a nice duel so far with just three hits total in the game. The Bruins send up the middle of the order against Nola as we swing through the lineup a second time.
T3: Aaron Nola is throwing hard and is through three innings allowing just one hit and one walk while throwing 38 pitches. No score as we head to the bottom of the inning.
T2: During Friday's media day, UCLA head coach John Savage told us what a bulldog Adam Plutko is. He is 5-0 in his NCAA tournament career and got off to a good start tonight, working around a double in the first. UCLA up to nothing in the top of the second. See below in the Socially Speaking section for some awful offensive stats for the Bruins.
T1: Eric Filia delivered the first hit of the game for UCLA with two outs in the first, but then he was picked off by Aaron Nola to end the inning. We heard a LOUD roar -- not surprising with all the purple and gold in the house. One note on the UCLA lineup -- they have no one in the starting lineup hitting above .300. Kevin Kramer leads the way at .279. Just to compare, LSU has five. And up they come in the first.
Pregame: Check out ESPN's CWS opening which is below in the social section. Very cool job by them.
Pregame: The official weather as we approach the first pitch between the final teams to play their first 2013 College World Series game: 87 degrees, partly cloudy, the wind is blowing from left to right at 5 mph and the humidity has dropped to 37 percent. Now let's just keep those storms weakening and we'll be in great shape.
Pregame: We're about 45 minutes away from the first pitch between LSU and UCLA. All of a sudden, the radar doesn't look so good. Let's hope the storms break apart as they get closer. Our pitching matchup tonight is a good one (when isn't it out here ...). For visiting UCLA, righty Adam Plutko (8-3, 2.35) takes the hill, while for LSU it's righthander Aaron Nola (12-0, 1.68). Nola, only a sophomore, has yet to allow an earned run (5 unearned) in the NCAA tournament, going 2-0 with 16 IP while striking out 12, walking three and allowing eight hits. Plutko is 1-0 in two postseason starts with a 0.64 ERA. Settle in for a dandy.
LSU has the highest NCAA tournament winning percentage (132-49, .729), and the Tigers are appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time. LSU is 35-20 at the College World Series. ... LSU’s record in extra-inning games this season is 6-1, and the Tigers are 18-4 this season in games decided by two runs or less. ... LSU has recorded 22 come-from-behind wins in 2013.
UCLA went 5-0 in the NCAA Regional and Super Regional rounds for the second consecutive year. ... The Bruins have posted a 44-17 record after having defeated Cal State Fullerton twice in the NCAA Fullerton Super Regional. UCLA has totaled at least 40 wins for the third time in four seasons and for the ninth time in program history. ... UCLA is 37-0 when leading after seven innings and 34-1 when holding their opponent to three runs or fewer.