As if Game 1 of the College World Series finals wasn’t weird enough! UCLA absolutely exploded on Tuesday night for an 8-0 win to sweep Mississippi State in two games for the Bruins’ first ever baseball national championship.
Before Tuesday night, there were 108 national championship trophies in UCLA’s Hall of Champions, but none for baseball. That changed after the Bruins’ pitching staff put together another gem at TD Ameritrade Park.
Nick Vander Tuig followed up a superb Game 1 performance by Adam Plutko, allowing just five hits in eight innings and then the former walk-on who is now a household name did his thing one last time this year. David Berg didn’t get a 25th career save to break his own record, but he pitched a flawless ninth inning to cap the historic season and series for UCLA.
On the offensive side, Eric Filia led the way for the Bruins, driving in a career-high five runs to account for over half UCLA’s offense in the contest. However, he wasn’t a one-man show — nine Bruins recorded at least one hit and center fielder Brian Carroll crossed the plate three times, putting an exclamation point on UCLA’s all-around team effort.
Until next year’s tournament in Omaha begins, the UCLA Bruins are the champs.