OMAHA, Neb. - NC State fell 2-1 to UCLA in perhaps the most tightly contested game of the 2013 College World Series on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Wolfpack (50-15) scored once in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. UCLA (46-17) rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, and held the Pack scoreless the rest of the way to claim a 2-1 victory.
Bryan Adametz scored State's lone run in his 1-for-2 outing, reaching base to score that run on a hit by pitch. Trea Turner contributed the Pack's only RBI in a 1-for-4 game. Tarran Senay, Grant Clyde, and Jake Armstrong added the Wolfpack's other three hits on the evening. No player from either side tallied more than one hit.
Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss on 4 1/3 innings, leaving with the bases loaded before having two earned applied to his line for the night. Grant Sasser relieved him for 2 2/3, allowing one hit. Josh Easley held the Bruins to one hit while striking out three over the final two frames.
UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig claimed the win on one earned over seven innings, fanning six. Reliever David Berg earned his 23rd save of the year by limiting the Pack to one hit during the eighth and ninth, fanning three.
Bruins center fielder Brian Carroll provided the game's only extra-base hit, a two-out double in the third. Carroll ended up stranded at second after Jernigan retired the ninth batter of the first 12 he faced.
NC State scored in the third, but left feeling disappointed after a bizarre play for the second out. Adametz reached as the leadoff after being hit by a pitch. Armstrong singled behind him to put runners on first and second. Logan Ratledge dropped down a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position with one away.
Turner fired an RBI single into left field to score Adametz easily. UCLA leftfielder Brenton Allen's throw to the plate went sailing over the catcher, and Armstrong made his move. The errant throw then ricocheted perfectly off of the backstop to the right of home plate, rebounding directly to UCLA catcher Shane Ziele, who threw to Vander Tuig covering home in time to tag the sliding Armstrong.
UCLA took command with a fifth-inning rally started by a one-out walk to Cody Regis. Allen singled to right to put two on, and Carroll walked to load the bases. Jernigan left the game to Sasser at that point. Kevin Kramer looped an RBI single into center to tie the game and reload the bases. A foul out to third left the bases full with two down, but a wild pitch to the next batter allowed the Bruins to take the lead.
State put the tying run on base in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but failed to push a run across against Vander Tuig or Berg, the NCBWA's Stopper of the Year.
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