UCLA 4, North Carolina 1

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Going up against the best closer in the nation in UCLA's David Berg (23 saves) and trailing 4-0, North Carolina put the first three runners on base with Cody Stubbs and Skye Bolt singling to start the inning. Michael Russel followed with a walk. UCLA head coach John Savage came out to talk to Berg before facing Mike Zolk. Berg threw a patented sinker on a 2-2 pitch that Zolk rolled out to second slowly. Cody Regis fielded, threw to shortstop Pat Valaika and Russell was called out thanks to the old 'neighborhood play' as Valaika's foot may have been off the bag when he caught it. UNC scored its only run on the play but it settled down Berg and the closer finished the job.

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Going up against the best offense in the nation means you need to add runs when you can, and for a team that struggled all CWS to hit -- .169 coming in -- Pat Valaika's two-run double in the seventh inning probably felt like a dozen runs. UCLA has made every team pay for mistakes all year and that's exactly what the Bruins did again after two walks. Valaika came up and laced a double into the left field corner to score both and expand the lead to 4-0.

UCLA infielder Pat Valaika throws a ball to first base during the Bruins' CWS game against No. 1 overall seed North Carolina.
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After a 0-for-9 start to his second College World Series, UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika delivered a pair of runs on a double in the seventh inning to power the Bruins in their biggest game of the year.

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"I would say he's been pushed, but come on, you get run out there as much as he does, I mean, you're not going to go 1-2-3 ... 1-2-3. Things are going to happen. "
-- UCLA head coach John Savage

Speaking on his closer David Berg walking a tight rope in the ninth inning


After 12 games of the 2013 College World Series, the total number of runs scored is 74 -- the lowest run total in CWS history through 12 games. The previous low was 76 runs in 1973. Since aluminum bats were adopted in 1974, the lowest run total was 91 in 2011 and 2012.

North Carolina is the sixth team to be eliminated from the 2013 College World Series. The Tar Heels finish the season at 59-12 -- the most wins in a single season by UNC.

UCLA advances to the College World Series finals for the second time in the last four years and will face Mississippi State at 8 p.m. ET Monday night in a best 2 of 3 series. Each team is looking for its first baseball national championship.