UCLA loses 4-0 to Arizona at College World Series

Associated Press Modified: June 18, 2012 at 12:18 am •  Published: June 18, 2012
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig was good.

Konner Wade was great.

Wade pitched a five-hit shutout, Arizona did its scoring on five straight fourth-inning hits, and the Wildcats beat their Pac-12 rivals 4-0 in the College World Series on Sunday night.

"Really the difference in the game was that five-hitter stretch," Bruins coach John Savage said. "That was it. It was pretty quiet from both sides the whole evening."

Outside of the fourth inning, Vander Tuig allowed only one hit in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

All UCLA could muster against Wade was five singles, including three in a row that loaded the bases in the fifth inning but resulted in no runs.

The win puts the Wildcats (45-17) in control of Bracket 1 and gives them three days off. They are one victory away from the best-of-three finals, in which they would play for their fourth national championship and first since 1986.

UCLA (48-15), which lost for the first time in 11 games, will play Florida State in an elimination game on Tuesday.

"It's all about taking blows at the College World Series," Savage said. "It's not a dagger. It's a blow. We'll move on and we'll be ready to play on Tuesday night."

Wade (10-3) outdueled Vander Tuig (10-4), throwing his first career shutout and fifth complete game of the season. It was Arizona's sixth shutout in 62 CWS games and its first since Craig Lefferts blanked Michigan in 1980.

Seth Mejias-Brean's bases-loaded single drove in the Wildcats' first two runs, and Bobby Brown followed with a two-RBI double.

"I thought I made some good pitches," Vander Tuig said. "You've got to give them credit. I messed up a couple times, which hurt me, and they put good swings on it."

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