The 2013 College World Series started on June 15 and went through June 25, and UCLAwalked away as NCAA champions by running the table in Omaha, Neb.
Eight teams in Omaha battled in a field that had its fair share of favorites and underdogs among the national championship contenders. We saw some epic moments and games that have gone down to the wire.
Let's get right to it and break down the latest scores, recaps and analysis for the 2013 College World Series.
College World Series Finals
Game 1: UCLA 3, Mississippi State 1
Game 1 of the College World Series Finals was a memorable one.
The UCLA Bruins won 3-1, riding 6.0 innings of one-run ball from starting pitcher Adam Plutko. Eric Filia drove in two runs, while Pat Valaika picked up an RBI of his own in the win.
Plutko moves to 10-3, with closer David Berg continuing his string of dominance and securing his nation-best 24th save.
For Mississippi State, they received their lone run when CT Bradford drew a walk with the bases loaded. Trevor Fitts was charged with the loss, as he lasted just 1.1 innings before allowing three hits and an earned run.
Chad Girodo tallied 7.2 innings of two-run ball in relief.
The action started early, as Valaika drove Kevin Kramer in with a single to center field during the first inning. Mississippi State would weather the storm and force UCLA to leave two stranded, but the damage was done.
Three innings later, they struck again.
During the top of the fourth inning, Filia drove one into right field to bring both Brenton Allen and Brian Carroll across the plate. With those runs, UCLA took a commanding 3-0 lead and turned to their ace to preserve the lead.
Surprisingly, the Bulldogs loaded the bases and Bradford walked in a run. Unfortunately for Mississippi State, they weren't able to do anything else.
Three UCLA relievers combined for three scoreless innings, with Berg as dominant as always, and the Bruins held on for a huge 3-1 win to a take a 1-0 series lead.
Game 2: UCLA 8, Mississippi State 0
Bruins win their first national championship!
In a game that was over early, UCLA showed that it was the better team. A first inning run may not seem like much at first, but it proved to be too much for Mississippi State to overcome.
Brian Carroll led off the game by being hit by a pitch. The Bulldogs couldn't get an out when the next batter, Kevin Kramer, put down a bunt. Eric Filia hit a sacrifice fly right after the defensive miscue, and the Bruins took a lead that they wouldn't surrender.
Mississippi State couldn't afford to mess around. The Bulldogs took out starter Luis Pollorena after only one inning, and the first four pitchers they turned to all allowed at least one run.
It took the Bulldogs nine batters to get a hit off Nick Vander Tuig. The junior was on top of of his game on this night.
A 3-0 deficit after three innings didn't look good for Mississippi State, and UCLA put the game away with two more runs in the fourth.
The Bulldogs had a hard time keeping the Bruins off the board, and UCLA continued to add to its lead with a two-out run in the sixth. With the game already out of reach, Filia knocked two with a single to right in the eighth.
Carroll reached base three times and scored twice. Filia led the Bruins with five RBI, and only one Bruin failed to get a hit.
Vander Tuig went eight shutout innings. The right-hander allowed only five hits and gave the Bruins another excellent start.
David Berg, fittingly, came on to close out the game. It wasn't a save opportunity, but he had no problems getting the job done.
UCLA came into the game allowing one run per game in Omaha, so getting out to an early lead effectively put the game away from the start. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Bruins didn't even allow a single run. UCLA put together its best performance of the tournament to win the title.
Mississippi State needed a quick start in the top of the first, but it could never get anything going. A poor offensive and defensive showing made it difficult to try to rally.
At the end of the night, the Bruins were champions. It was a good run by Mississippi State, but UCLA's pitching was too good for anyone to beat. The Bruins won all 10 postseason games they played.
Pitching wins championships, and the Bruins had outstanding starting pitching during their time in Omaha. It was a historic pitching run by the Bruins, and they were rewarded with a national championship.
Past Results and Upcoming Action
Game 1: Mississippi State 5, No. 3 Oregon State 4
In a back-and-forth thriller that lived up to the hype of being the tournament's first game, Mississippi State held off Oregon State, 5-4.
A deep shot to right field by Oregon State's Danny Hayes looked to be a walk-off winner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but it just reached the warning track before being corralled in by the Bulldogs to end Game 1 as ESPNU pointed out.
The No. 3 Beavers started out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning, but the Bulldogs answered right back to go up 3-2 with a couple of RBI singles and an error by Dylan Davis that scored another runner. Oregon State rallied back to take a 4-3 lead, but then the Bulldogs attacked.
Wes Rea knocked a two-RBI double in the eighth inning off Matt Boyd that put the Bulldogs on top for good.
Oregon State opted to start Andrew Moore, a freshman All-American, in their College World Series opener over senior Boyd, who has started much of the Beavers' games this season. Moore struggled on the mound, giving up four earned runs on six hits.
Mississippi State will go on to play the winner of Indiana vs. Louisville, which has an 8 p.m. ET start on Saturday. The Beavers will play whoever is defeated in the loser's bracket in an elimination game.
Game 2: Indiana 2, Louisville 0
The Indiana Hoosiers continued their Cinderella Story through the first day of the College World Series, defeating the Louisville Cardinals, 2-0.
The Hoosiers broke a lengthy drought of no Big 10 team making it to the College World Series since Michigan did in 1984, and they got out to an early lead to make sure that they built on that 19-year drought by making a deep tournament run.
Scott Donley knocked in the game's first run off a single to center field in the first inning, and that gave the Hoosiers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. That was in large part thanks to a complete-game shutout by ace Joey DeNato.
Oh, and did I mention DeNato held the Cardinals to just four hits?
Usually Cinderella teams win in inspiring and against-the-odds ways, but the way Indiana dominated Louisville on Saturday looked nothing like that. The Hoosiers are for real, and have what it takes to make a deep run at the College World Series.
Game 3: N.C. State 8, North Carolina 1
A great pitching performance by Carlos Rodon and some timely hitting helped North Carolina State earn a 8-1 win over North Carolina.
The Wolfpack got on the board right away thanks to a two-out single by Tarran Senay to score Trea Turner. However, the squad did not break it open until the third inning.
After once again getting two early outs with only one runner on third, North Carolina State again came through with some big hits. The next five batters reached base to take a big 5-0 lead early in the game.
All five runs were charged to Kent Emmanuel, who only completed 2.2 innings in a disappointing effort for North Carolina. The Wolfpack then added a few more runs in the eighth and ninth to provide some insurance.
Of course, this was more than enough for Rodon, who continues to prove that he is one of the best pitchers in the nation. The sophomore did not give up a run until the ninth inning, and he allowed a total of only five hits and two walks in the full nine innings while striking out eight.
As CBS Sports' Will Brinson points out, the pitcher also had a no hitter into the fifth inning:
Still, this was a fantastic performance against one of the best lineups in the country, and it moved NC State one game closer to winning a national championship.
Meanwhile, North Carolina entered the College World Series as the No. 1 seed and the favorite to win it all. However, the struggles against their ACC and local rival will certainly make things difficult going forward.
The squad will have another chance on Tuesday to redeem itself, but one more loss will eliminate the Tar Heels from contention.
Game 4: UCLA 2, LSU 1
Adam Plutko pitched the UCLA Bruins to a shut-down, 2-1 victory over the LSU Tigers Sunday night in Game 4 of the College World Series.
Of course, it wasn't just pitching that gave the Bruins the win. In a game that only featured 10 hits between both teams, they had to pick up runs and they did so by capitalizing on Tiger errors that eventually would put LSU in the loser's bracket.
LSU's only run came on a Mason Katz solo shot in the fourth inning, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to get past the hot pitching of the Bruins.
This tweet from ESPNU highlights just how valuable Plutko was for UCLA in Sunday night's contest, as he surpassed the 100-pitch mark.
Plutko's four-hit performance on the mound stood tall when the Bruins found a way to squeak through the game-winner in the eighth inning, as the Bruins' official Twitter relays:
UCLA plays Game 3 winner N.C. State for the chance to go to 2-0 in Omaha, Neb. Meanwhile, the Tigers will face the North Carolina Tar heels in an elimination game.
Game 5: Oregon State Routs Louisville 11-4 in Elimination Game
Both Louisville and Oregon State entered Monday's College World Series matchup in Omaha knowing that they needed a win in order to survive and have a shot to reach the semifinals, but the Beavers were the only side that delivered.
After a pair of scoreless innings to begin the action, Oregon State came to life in the third inning, roughing up Cardinals ace Jeff Thompson and taking advantage of a throwing error to pull ahead 3-0 early on.
Then, after Beavers starter Ben Wetzler shut down the Louisville bats in the top of the fourth, Oregon State exploded in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven runs to put the game well out of reach. The Beavers actually made history during the impressive stretch, via NCAA CWS:
Oregon State's fourth-inning run was aided by another Louisville throwing error.
Wetzler's day would end in the seventh inning with Oregon State holding a commanding 10-1 lead. Here's a look at his numbers via Beaver Baseball:
Louisville took advantage of Oregon State's pitching change, knocking in three runs in the inning to narrow the gap with two innings left to play, via NCAA CWS:
Two of those earned runs would count against Wetzler.
In the eighth inning, Oregon State's Scott Schultz shut down Louisville, picking up three straight outs to push the Cardinals to the brink of elimination. One inning later Schultz did it again, earning the three outs he needed to keep the Beavers alive and send the Cardinals home.
Oregon State will advance to play the loser of Mississippi State vs. Indiana on Wednesday.
Game 6: Mississippi State Prevails Late Over Indiana, 5-4
An eighth-inning, two-RBI single from Trey Porter gave Mississippi State a late lead that they wouldn't relinquish in a thriller, as the Bulldogs topped the Indiana Hoosiers, 5-4.
The win made Mississippi State the first team in the field to pick up two victories, and pushed them one step closer to a championship as ESPN states:
Scoring got started early, as a two-run third inning for the Hoosiers put them up 3-1.
Indiana went with Will Coursen-Carr on the start, a left-handed freshman who was 5-0 on the regular season. He left the game after 5.1 innings pitched with his Indiana squad still leading 3-2 but in a jam that Ryan Halstead got them out of.
But Halstead couldn't handle an eighth-inning surge from the Bulldogs as they attacked and took a 5-3 lead. Porter's game-winning single came off Brian Korte, but it was Halstead who left runners on base.
Indiana's awe-inspring story of making it to the College World Series as massive underdogs will live on due to the double-elimination bracket, but after Monday, Cinderella lost one of her slippers.
Game 7: North Carolina Eliminates LSU, 4-2
With both teams needing a win to stay alive at the College World Series, it was North Carolina that survived behind superstar Colin Moran and pitcher Trent Thornton.
Moran was excellent on the afternoon, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs, while Thornton tamed the LSU hitters, pitching seven strong innings and allowing just two runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out three.
It was a hugely disappointing result for the Tigers, as the team created plenty of chances but left 13 men on base. In total, LSU stranded 20 runners in two College World Series games.
North Carolina got started early. With two outs in the first inning, Colin Moran singled before catcher Brian Holberton ripped a two-run home run to get the Tar Heels on the board.
The Tar Heels added to the lead in the top of the third. After Landon Lassiter doubled to lead off the inning, Moran grounded a ball to the right side that bounced off the first base bag and into the outfield, driving home another run. It was not the start LSU was looking for, as ESPNU noted:
That would drive starting pitcher Cody Glenn out of the game, and reliever Brent Bonvillain would promptly give up a single to Holberton and would walk Cody Stubbs to load the bases with no outs. But Bonvillain would settle down, retiring the next three batters in order to end the inning without giving up a run.
LSU finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Mason Katz's two-out single scored Sean McMullen, but Raph Rhymes flied out, stranding two runners and ending the inning.
North Carolina would get that run back in the seventh, however. Moran would single and move to second on Holberton's single. After Stubbs lined out, Skye Bolt singled to left, scoring Moran.
LSU threatened in the bottom of the inning, as McMullen and Mark Laird opened with back-to-back singles. But while Alex Bregman knocked in a run after grounding into a double play, LSU couldn't cut into North Carolina's lead beyond that.
LSU would get runners on in the eight and ninth innings, but as had been the theme of the game, couldn't take advantage. The Tigers' season is now over, while North Carolina awaits the loser of the UCLA versus NC State contest.
Game 8: UCLA Tops N.C. State, 2-1
Led by a brilliant pitching performance from Nick Vander Tuig, the UCLA Bruins took down the N.C. State Wolfpack, 2-1.
Since the game was played in the winner's bracket with both teams already victorious in Omaha, neither squad will be eliminated.
The Wolfpack got out to an early lead on a RBI single by Trea Turner in the third inning, but a N.C. State runner was tagged out at home on a play at the plate. After that turning point, the Wolfpack wouldn't score another run.
It was a fifth-inning run that gave UCLA enough to get past Turner's early hit. Kevin Kramer advanced the first run on a knock to center field, but it was a wild pitch that gave the Bruins the lead and they wouldn't look back.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports summed it up best:
The Wolfpack will once again play North Carolina, only this time in an elimination game. UCLA will await the winner of that game, with two knocks at clinching a spot in the College World Series championship.
Game 9: Oregon State Eliminates Indiana in 1-0 Pitching Duel
Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout that ousted the Indiana Hoosiers from the College World Series by the score of 1-0.
It was a rare double-complete game for Boyd and Indiana pitcher Aaron Slegers, as both pitchers tossed nine innings. However, Slegers' seven hits allowed didn't prove to be enough to bail out his teammates' struggling bats.
The Beavers scored the game's only run on a sacrifice fly. That stat alone tells you all there was to Game 9 of the CWS: pitching, pitching, pitching.
Both aces refused to let their team down late, retiring side after side with hardly any hits given up.
The Hoosiers would reach base in the bottom of the ninth with a single, but that was as far as their late rally would take them as the Cinderella story of the College World Series has been eliminated.
Oregon State will play Mississippi State next, who they must beat in two straight contests in order to reach the championship series.
Game 10: North Carolina Gets Revenge on NC State, 7-0
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North Carolina moved on to the semifinals of the 2013 College World Series on Thursday night, avenging an earlier loss to North Carolina State by a score of 7-0.
Hobbs Johnson got the ball for the Tar Heels and he pitched one heckuva game, going 8.1 innings while allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out six Wolfpack batters. Chris McCue came on to get the final two outs of the game.
North Carolina got on the board for the first time in the fourth, loading the bases for the bottom of the order but coming up with just one run on a sacrifice fly with one out off NC State starter Carlos Rodon.
The Tar Heels added another in the fourth with the same kind of small-ball strategy, moving the leadoff man over with a bunt, a groundout to second and a scoring him on a Colin Moran single with two outs. Rodon would finish the inning, but he would leave down 2-0 after retiring Brian Holberton to end the inning.
Johnson was dealing by that point, retiring 10 straight Wolfpack batters before finally giving up a single to start the eighth inning. He avoided that trouble nicely, and was able to pitch ahead because of the huge inning North Carolina provided him in the top of the frame.
Michael Russell (single) and Mike Zolk (double) both had two RBI in the frame, opening up the floodgates in Omaha and clinching a berth in the next part of the bracket. North Carolina added an insurance run in the ninth and shut down the NC offense one more time in the ninth, and will now move on to face UCLA in the semis.
Since the Bruins are without a loss so far in the CWS, North Carolina will have to double dip the pride of the Pac-12 to move on to the Championship Series.
Moran and Zolk both had multi-hit days to lead the Tar Heels, but it was the pitching of Johnson and the lack of the counter attack from North Carolina State that sends the baby blue into the next round and NC State home for a long offseason.
Game 11: Mississippi State Eliminates Oregon State to Advance to Finals
The Mississippi State Bulldogs ran their record at the 2013 College World Series to a perfect 3-0 on Friday in Omaha, defeating 2006 and 2007 national champion Oregon State 4-1 to eliminate the Beavers and earn a spot in this summer's best-of-three final, via Baseball America's Aaron Fitt:
Both starting pitchers played well early on Friday, but it was Mississippi State's Kendall Graveman who stepped up, allowing just four hits and one earned run in nearly six innings pitched.
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore looked strong in the early goings, but came out in the sixth inning after giving up four earned runs to the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State opened up the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, but was unfortunate only to come away with one run after Oregon State left-fielder Michael Conforto made a beautiful throw to force Wes Rea out at the plate, via ESPNU:
The Bulldogs would add on three more runs in the next inning to take a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, it looked as if the Beavers might rally with two quick outs as they scored to make it a three-run game. But Conforto grounded out to end Oregon State's at-bat.
Mississippi State pitchers Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder would shut down Oregon State over the final three innings, securing a 4-1 win for the Bulldogs, who one of only two teams still unbeaten in Omaha this summer.
Mississippi State will take on either UCLA or North Carolina in the College World Series championship, which will begin on Monday.
Game 12: UCLA Survives Late Game Scare to Book Ticket to Finals
Not to be outdone by their Bracket 1 counterparts, the Bruins clinched their berth in the College World Series Finals by running their tournament record up to 3-0 on Friday night in Omaha, defeating the No. 1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels 4-1 in an intense showdown.
Per Ryan Rosenblatt of BruinsNation.com, the win booked the Bruins for the Championship series for the second time in four years:
The Bruins won the game in the same style they've won every game in the tournament thus far—with great pitching. According to ESPN Stats & Info, their three runs allowed in three games is the fewest amount of runs allowed in the aluminum bat era:
After taking a 2-0 lead to 4-0 on the strength of a two-run double from shortstop Pat Valaika, the Tar Heels had a difficult task ahead of them to overcome the Bruins pitching.
In the bottom of the ninth, they almost did it. Going against UCLA's dominant closer, David Berg, the Tar Heels managed to score one run a fielder's choice.
With two outs left, the Tar Heels continued to keep the hope alive. They managed to load the bases with star third baseman Colin Moran on-deck before Berg forced Landon Lassiter to fly out to center field for the final out.
The Bruins will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first Championship Series game on Monday.
Full Tournament Schedule
|Game||Teams (per NCAA.com)||Date||Time (ET)||Result|
|Game 1||Mississippi State vs. Oregon State||Saturday, June 15||-||MSU 5, OSU 4|
|Game 2||Indiana vs. Louisville||Saturday, June 15||-||IU 2, UL 0|
|Game 3||North Carolina vs. N.C. State||Sunday, June 16||-||NCSU 8, UNC 1|
|Game 4||UCLA vs. LSU||Sunday, June 16||-||UCLA 2, LSU 1|
|Game 5|| |
Oregon State vs. Louisville
|Monday, June 17||-||OSU 11, UL 4|
|Game 6||Mississippi State vs. Indiana||Monday, June 17||-||MSU 5, IU 4|
|Game 7||North Carolina vs. LSU||Tuesday, June 18||-||UNC 4, LSU 2|
|Game 8||N.C. State vs. UCLA||Tuesday, June 18||-||UCLA 2, NCST 1|
|Game 9||Indiana vs. Oregon State||Wednesday, June 19||-||OSU 1, IU 0|
|Game 10||N.C. State vs. North Carolina||Thursday, June 20||-||UNC 7, NCST 0|
|Game 11||Mississippi State vs. Oregon State||Friday, June 21||-||MSU 4, OSU 1|
|Game 12||UCLA vs. North Carolina||Friday, June 21||-||UCLA 4, UNC 1|
|Game 13*||TBD||Saturday, June 22||3 p.m.||-|
|Game 14*^||TBD||Saturday, June 22||8:30 p.m.||-|
|Finals 1||UCLA vs. Mississippi State||Monday, June 24||8 p.m.||UCLA 3, MSU 1|
|Finals 2||Mississippi State vs. UCLA||Tuesday, June 25||8 p.m.||-|
|Finals 3*||UCLA vs. Mississippi State||Wednesday, June 26||8 p.m.||-|
^If necessary and ONLY one game is played