UCLA wins first College World Series with 8-0 shutout of Mississippi State
OMAHA, Neb. -- UCLA capped an impressive run through the NCAA tournament in fitting fashion on Tuesday night, holding Mississippi State in check to win its first NCAA baseball championship with a 8-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in the College World Series.
UCLA pitchers allowed only one run in five CWS games after giving up three runs in two games in the Super Regional. The Bruins finished the tournament with a 10-0 record despite the regionals, super regional and CWS all being double elimination.
Starter Nick Vander Tuig (14-4) gave up five hits and had six strikeouts in eight innings and closer Eric Berg pitched a scoreless ninth in his NCAA-record 51st appearance of the season.
The 19 runs allowed by UCLA (47-17) are the lowest total in tournament history in the metal-bat era (since 1974).
Eric Filia drove in five runs to lead the Bruins at the plate.
UCLA's Brian Carroll scored the game's first run. He was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Kevin Kramer's sacrifice and came home on Filia's sacrifice fly.
Mississippi State starter Luis Pollorena was relieved by Ross Mitchell after one inning and the Bruins went down in order in the second.
The Bruins boosted the lead to 3-0 in the third when Carroll walked with one out, Kramer singled to right and scored by Filia's sacrifice. Pat Valaika followed with a single to center that brought home Kramer.
Vander Tuig retired the first eight Mississippi State hitters before Demarcus Henderson broke through with a two-out single in the third.
The Bulldogs (51-20) threatened in the fourth after Alex Detz led off with a single and Brett Pirtle got to first on an error, but Wes Rea flied out to the warning track in left field.
UCLA added two runs in the fourth with an RBI single by Cody Regis and a sacrifice fly by Kramer to boost the lead to 5-0.
The Bulldogs stranded Sam Frost and Henderson on the corners in the top of the fifth.
UCLA's Kevin Williams doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but was stranded.
The Bruins added a run in the sixth on Filia's RBI single with two outs.