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UCLA beats N. Carolina 4-1, advances to CWS finals

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago June 21, 2013 Jun 21, 2013 Friday, June 21 2013 June 21, 2013 9:58 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Eric Olson

OMAHA, Neb. - Pat Valaika's two-run double gave UCLA some cushion, record-setting closer David Berg survived a rocky ninth inning and UCLA defeated top-seeded North Carolina 4-1 Friday night to move to the championship round of the College World Series.

The Bruins (47-17) will begin the best-of-three finals Monday against Mississippi State, which eliminated Oregon State with a 4-1 win in the afternoon.

The Tar Heels (59-12) twice loaded the bases in the ninth against Berg but came away with only one run, with the game ending on Landon Lassiter's flyout to center.

Grant Watson (9-3) allowed four hits in six innings. Carolina's Kent Emanuel (11-5) gave up five singles in six innings.

UCLA opened the CWS with 2-1 victories over LSU and North Carolina State. The Bruins, with eight total runs, matched 1976 Eastern Michigan for fewest by a team in the metal-bat era that won its first three CWS games.

 

 

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