UCLA 3, Mississippi State 1

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Mississippi State starting pitcher Trevor Fitts struck out the first two batters of the game, but Kevin Kramer reached on a swinging third strike when the ball hit catcher Nick Ammirati in the mask and bounded away. Kramer reached without a throw and moved to third on Eric Filia's double. Pat Valaika followed with a single to center to score the first run of the game. Fitts ended up striking out three in the inning, but it's been talked about all postseason -- UCLA makes you pay for every mistake.

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David Berg broke the NCAA's single-season record with his 24th save against Mississippi State. Berg went 1.2 innings in his 100th career appearance in the past two seasons -- 50 last season and 50 this year. The righty came in with two on and one out in the eighth inning and got Brett Pirtle to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. The sidearmer pitched in UCLA's 16th consecutive postseason game going back to 2012.

UCLA closer David Berg shut the door on Mississippi State to earn the NCAA record for saves in a single season (24).
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UCLA pitcher David Berg broke the NCAA record for saves in a single season in Game 1 of the College World Series on Monday, possibly setting the tone for the Bruins for the rest of the series.

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"[The collision] was just knee to knee. I tried everything I could to get the ball in front of me. As for the pitch, it hit the elbow guard but caught a little bit of muscle. But everything's fine. So if you're wondering if I'm playing [Tuesday], the answer is yes."
-- Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea

Speaking about a collision at first base and getting hit by a pitch in the elbow


UCLA is only the second non-conference team to beat Mississippi State in 2013. Central Arkansas was the only team to beat the Bulldogs all year -- twice in the regular season and once in the NCAA tournament -- until Monday night.

Mississippi State falls to 52-18 after suffering its first loss at the 2013 College World Series. The Bulldogs need to win Tuesday's Game 2 in order to kep their season alive and force a Game 3 on Wednesday.

UCLA improves to 48-17 and moves to 9-0 in the postseason. With one win in the next two games, the Bruins will win their first baseball national championship.