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Tigers lose Omaha opener to UCLA, 2-1

3 years 4 months 1 week ago June 16, 2013 Jun 16, 2013 Sunday, June 16 2013 June 16, 2013 9:59 PM in LSU Sports
Source: wbrz

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.

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