Live from Omaha: CWS Finals Game 2
MISSISSIPPI STATE (51-19) vs. UCLA (48-17)
8 p.m. ET Tuesday (ESPN) | TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.
Announcers: Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser, Kyle Peterson, Kaylee Hartung, Jessica Mendoza
Series History: UCLA leads 5-1 Last: June 24, 2013 | Recap
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T9: UCLA closer David Berg is on to close it out ... Trey Porter is pinch hitting for Mississippi State. He grounds out to second ... UCLA is two outs away from a national championship ... After taking over in center field, Derrick Armstrong is up for his first plate appearance. He strikes out ... UCLA is one out away from a national championship ... The batter is pinch hitter Matthew Britton. He quickly gets behind 0-2. He bounces to first. Pat Gallagher flips to Berg covering ... UCLA wins the national championship.
B8: Nick Vander Tuig is getting congratulations in the dugout. His work is done. Final line: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 6 SO, 1 BB. He threw 116 pitches ... Cody Regis bounces out for the first out of the inning. ... Christoph Bono reaches on a single ... Brian Carroll is up. He has scored two runs despite not getting a hit (HBP, BB). Now he gets a hit with a soft liner to left ... UCLA has runners on first and second ... Kevin Kramer hits a tapper that Jonathan Holder can't make a play on ... The bases are loaded ... Eric Filia hits a single to right to score a pair ... That's it for Holder ... Will Cox is on to pitch for Mississippi State ... Kyle Hann is in at second base for the Bulldogs ... Pat Valaika strikes out ... Pat Gallagher lines out to right to end the inning ... 8-0 UCLA.
T8: Adam Frazier leads off with a single. He steals second ... Alex Detz strikes out swinging. It is Nick Vander Tuig's sixth strikeout of the game ... Hunter Renfroe hits a deep fly to left for the second out. He hit it hard, but the ball didn't even reach the warning track. That's the second time in the game he has lifted a fly ball out that way ... Pirtle also hits a fly ball, and Brian Carroll makes the catch in left-center. It's just not a good idea to hit the ball in the air. Mississippi State is down to its final inning.
B7: Holder breezes through the seventh and keeps it a six-run game.
T7: Mississippi State goes quietly in the seventh as Vander Tuig is at 101 pitches through seven having allowed just four hits. The crowd has thinned out considerably as we've hit the seventh inning stretch.
B6: UCLA has a runner on second with one out as they look to tack on more runs, with the top of the order and Brian Carroll ... Eric Filia drives in his third run of the night with a base hit with two outs ... The inning ends with a Pat Valaika strikeout ... 6-0 UCLA.
T6: Vander Tuig shuts down the middle of the Mississippi State order on just six pitches. Renfroe is hitless in the CWS Finals and the combo between Rea, Frazier and Renfore is 0-for-19 the last two nights.
B5: After Holder gets the first two outs, Kevin Williams pokes one out to LF that Demarcus Henderson almost makes a great catch but he trapped it for a double ... Here's Shane Zeile who pops out to shortstop to end the inning.
T5: First two get on for Mississippi State here in the fifth inning as Frost and Ammirati single to start the inning. UCLA has held its opponents to 1-for-24 with runners in scoring position during the CWS ... A force out on a ground ball by Demarcus Henderson puts runners at first and third with one out ... Vander Tuig strikes out Frazier swinging on three pitches for the second out ... Deltz strikes out as well to end the inning as MSU goes 0-for-3 with RISP in the inning alone.
B4: Mitchell hits Kevin Williams to lead off the fourth inning and John Cohen will call on righty Ben Bracewell (1-1, 1.48). Mitchell can't win or lose this game, so his 13-0 record will remain ... Best sign of the night just shown on the big screen "Sold my double wide for my seats." ... I'll let you guess what hat he had on ... Shan Zeile drops down a perfect sacrafice bunt to move Williams over to second ... Cody Regins chops one up the middle and through for his 20th RBI of the year ... Brenton Allen lines a double to RF for the Bruins fifth hit of the night. They can break it open right here with two in scoring position ... The Bulldogs have Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder in the bullpen ... And in comes Holder (2-0, 1.24) as Cohen goes to his best arm to try and hold this game at 4-0. For the record, Holder's longest outing of the year is 3.0 innings -- last done against Alabama on May 5 ... Brian Carroll gets hit by a pitch for the second time tonight to go along with a walk to load the bases with one out ... Kevin Kramer lifts one to CF for a sac fly ... two runners on with two outs ... A fielders' choice ends things right there with two runs for UCLA ... UCLA leads 5-0.
T4: Alex Detz singles to start the fourth inning before Hunter Renfroe flies out to LF. He hit it hard but just got under it ... Brett Pirtle then rolls one over to first that Pat Gallagher misplays for UCLA's third error of the CWS. It's only Gallagher's fourth error of the whole season ... Wes Rea tatoos a ball to LF that Brenton Allen goes back on and makes the catch. Rea absolutely crushed that ball but again, never stood a chance in this ballpark as it lands in Allen's glove just short of the warning track ... Two outs for C.T. Bradford ... Vander Tuig gets Bradford to fly out to LF as well -- all three put outs by Allen in the inning as MSU can't cash in on its best chance yet. Vander Tuig is at 65 pitches through four.
B3: Brenton Allen grounds out to first and Brian Carroll follows with a walk ... Kevin Kramer rolls one through the right side for a hit and runners are on the corners with one out for Eric Filia -- who drove in the only run in the game in the first ... Filia lays down the bunt -- a safety squeeze -- and Carroll easily scores on the play to give Filia his second RBI of the evening. Mitchell tags out Filia and Kramer moves up to second ... Pat Valaika rips a shot the other way down the line for a single to score Kramer. Valaika moves to second on an error by Hunter Renfroe in RF -- the third error of the night for the Bulldogs ... UCLA is 40-5 when it scores three or more runs ... Pat Gallagher pops up to the catcher Ammirati to end the inning ... 3-0 UCLA.
T3: Sam Frost grounds out to first base to start the third inning for the Bulldogs. Remember, they went in order to start the first three innings last night ... Nick Ammirati strikes out swinging -- Vander Tuig's third of the night -- for the second out of the inning ... And Demarcus Henderson is the first Bulldog runner of the night as he laces a single to CF. Back to the top of the order for Frazier ... Another weak grounder to second ends the inning ... Bo Pelini was just up on the video board on the suite level and got a big round of applause.
B2: And just like we thought, Ross Mitchell (13-0, 1.27) comes into the game to start to second. Head coach John Cohen pulling out all the stops after Pollorena gave up just one unearned run in the first ... Kevin Williams and Shane Zeile ground out to second base and Cody Regis follows with a ground out to first to end the inning. Exactly what Mitchell needed to do for Mississippi State.
T2: Might as well talk about it now -- Mississippi State seemed a bit tight before the game. They opted not to take their infield-outfield practice after batting practice. The first team I can remember that from. They also held a players-only meeting after last night ... Brett Pirtle to lead things off in the second inning. Pirtle grounds out to SS and that brings up Wes Rea ... Another ball is rolled out to SS as Valaika throws out Rea for out number two ... Vander Tuig strikes out C.T. Bradford to end the inning.
B1: Brian Carroll takes a pitch off his knee cap as he was squaring around to bunt. Homplate ump Joe Burleson says he pulled back in time ... This is what UCLA did so much of last night, getting the lead runner on ... And just like that UCLA has two guys on after Pollorena mishandles Kevin Kramer's bunt and his throw was off at first. The error is charged to Pollorena despite the fact it looked like a missed catch on Wes Rea. Carroll moves to third on the play and UCLA has runners on the corners for Eric Filia with nobody out ... Filia lifts one out to RF that Carroll scores easily on for his 29th RBI of the year. Kramer stays at first with one out for Pat Valaika ... Valaika grounds into a force out on a nice backhanded play at SS by Adam Frazier to get the out at second. Two outs ... Pat Gallagher singles to RF and Hunter Renfroe guns out Kramer at third to end the inning on a great throw. That's his second outfield assist of the CWS. ... Scoring update on that bunt play, two errors are chraged on the play -- one to Pollorena fielding the ball and one to Rea on the missed catch... 1-0 UCLA.
T1: Our umpires tonight: HP -- Joe Burleson, 1B -- Steve Mattingly, 2B -- Billy Jo Speck, 3B -- David Savage, LF -- Denny Collins, RF -- Chris Coskey ... Adam Frazier flies out to RF and we're under way in Game 2 .. Alex Detz strikes out on six pitches and Hunter Renfroe pops out to first base to end the inning. Good start for Vander Tuig.
Pregame: It's 87 degrees and feels like 94 thanks to 61 percent humidity. Here's what to expect with the Mississippi State side of things: with Chad Girodo throwing over 100 pitches in relief last night, it'll likely be Ross Mitchell (13-0) and closer Jonathan Holder going for as long as possible out of the bullpen. John Cohen won't waste much time, having pulled the plug on last night's starter Trevor Fitts after just 1.1 innings.
Pregame: Our starting pitchers tonight: for visiting Mississippi State, they'll go with lefty Luis Pollorena (6-3, 4.32), while UCLA will toss righty Nick Vander Tuig (13-4, 2.31). Pollorena hasn't thrown since June 1 against South Alabama in the regionals. He lasted 3.2 innings and gave up four hits and two runs while striking out one. Pollorena hasn't pitched out of the fifth inning since May 10. As for Vander Tuig, he lasted seven innings while giving up four hits and one run while striking out six against NC State on June 18 here in Omaha.
Pregame: Welcome to the 8,407th -- and potentially last -- Division I Baseball game of the season as Mississippi State needs a win against UCLA to force a deciding Game 3 on Wednesday night. There's a 30 percent chance of some rain and it remains hot and humid. The wind has calmed down, though, and is just lightly blowing in from CF -- where else?
Monday's loss was Mississippi State's fourth non-conference loss of the year and UCLA is only the second such team to beat the Bulldogs after Central Arkansas was the only prior team to do so. ... NCAA hits leader Adam Frazier had his 21-game on-base streak snapped with an 0-for-4 on Monday. ... Mississippi State is now 11-3 in postseason play, including the SEC tournament.
The Bruins have held their opponents to one run or less in 21 of their last 65 games and are 22-0 when holding opponents to one run or less. ... In four starts at the CWS, UCLA pitchers have 26 innings pitched with a total of 16 hits allowed, four walks and just three earned runs for an ERA of 1.04. UCLA is the third team to allow one run or less in its first four CWS games, the other two were Arizona State in 1972 and Holy Cross in 1952.