NCAA baseball: LSU comes through late to blank Sooners

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Aaron Nola threw a two-hitter, pinch-hitter Tyler Moore belted a run-scoring double off Oklahoma ace Jonathan Gray to break a scoreless tie in the eighth, and LSU took Game 1 of the NCAA Baton Rouge super regional, 2-0 on Friday night.

Mark Laird had three hits, the last a run-scoring single in eighth for LSU (56-9), which can advance to the College World Series for the 16th time by beating Oklahoma (43-20) once more on today or Sunday.

Nola (12-0) struck out six and didn't walk a batter to help LSU snap Oklahoma's winning streak at eight.

Gray (10-3), picked third overall by Colorado on Thursday in the Major League Baseball draft, allowed two runs on five hits through 71/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

UCLA wins in 10th

Eric Filia broke a 10th-inning tie with an RBI single — his fourth hit of the game — and Pat Valaika drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in UCLA's 5-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Game 1 of the best-of-three NCAA super regional series in Fullerton, Calif.

Pac-12 pitcher of the year David Berg (7-0) struck out JD Davis and Michael Lorenzen with two runners on in the bottom of the inning for the Bruins (43-17).

Davis (1-2) took the loss in relief for Fullerton (51-9).

Game 2 is Saturday, with UCLA trying to advance to the College World Series for the fifth time.

Regionals postponed

Rain from Tropical Storm Andrea forced postponements of openers in two best-of-three NCAA super regionals.

Top overall seed North Carolina and South Carolina are scheduled to start their series today in Chapel Hill, N.C., with Game 2 on Sunday and a possible third game on Monday.

In Raleigh, N.C., the postponed North Carolina State-Rice series will begin today at 3 p.m., with Game 2 also Sunday and Game 3 on Monday if needed.

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