Tigers lose Omaha opener to UCLA, 2-1
OMAHA, Neb. - The pitchers duel between LSU's Aaron Nola and UCLA's Adam Plutko was as advertised. Both right-handers were dominant in the College World Series opener for the two teams. Nola pitched 8 innings, giving up just 5 hits and no earned runs. Plutko pitched 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and just one earned run.
The difference, the normally sure handed LSU defense had 2 errors, and UCLA was able to capitalize on both. The first came in the 6th inning when Ty Ross threw wild to first base on a bunt by UCLA's Brian Carroll. Caroll went to second on the play and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the 8th, the shaky defense made another appearance when shortstop Alex Bregman booted a ground ball that allowed the go-ahead run to score. The Tigers threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th, but they could not pull off the comeback.
The 2-1 loss drops LSU to the loser's bracket. They will resume play on Tuesday against North Carolina in the 2pm elimination contest.