UCLA Defeats Mississippi St., Wins College World Series
The UCLA Bruins are college baseball national champions, after defeating the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, 8-0, in the College World Series finals on Tuesday night, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
The win by UCLA clinched a two-game sweep in the best-of-three game series, and secured the Bruins’ first-ever national championship in baseball, as well as their NCAA-record 109th in team sports.
The Bruins jumped on top in the first inning, as Brian Campbell was hit by a pitch, and then later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Eric Filia, making it 1-0.
Those two combined to again to give UCLA another run in the third, when Campbell walked, and then later scored on a squeeze bunt by Filia, making it 2-0, before Pat Valaika singled home Kevin Kramer, extending the lead to 3-0.
The Bruins added two more runs in the fourth inning, making the score 5-0, before coasting to the eight-run win, their 11th-consecutive victory, and the College World Series title.
Filia led the way, offensively, driving in five runs, while Nick Vander Tuig recorded the win on the hill, allowing only five hits, and one walk, in eight shutout innings.
With the win, UCLA, who was making their third CWS appearance in the last four years, finished their season with an overall record of 49-17, while Mississippi St. fell to 51-20.