College World Series: UCLA takes advantage of LSU miscues

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Adam Plutko and two relievers limited LSU to five hits, and UCLA turned both of the Tigers’ errors into runs in a tense 2-1 victory at the College World Series on Sunday night.

The Bruins (45-17) will play North Carolina State on Tuesday. The No. 4 national seed Tigers (57-10) will meet North Carolina in an elimination game.

LSU scored its only run on Mason Katz’s fourth-inning homer. The Tigers had defensive breakdowns that allowed the Bruins to tie it in the sixth and take the lead in the eighth.

Plutko (9-3) allowed four hits in seven innings for the win. David Berg worked out of trouble in the ninth to earn his 22nd save.

Aaron Nola (12-1) gave up five singles in eight innings, and both runs against him were unearned.

Wolfpack blasts UNC

North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon pitched eight shutout innings to continue his mastery of North Carolina, and the Wolfpack (50-14) knocked out ACC pitcher of the year Kent Emanuel early in an 8-1 victory.

Rodon held the No. 1 national seed Tar Heels hitless into the fifth inning. He allowed five hits and struck out eight.

It was the sophomore left-hander’s second straight dominating performance against the Tar Heels (57-11). The result was more satisfying this time. Three weeks ago he allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 10 innings but got no decision in a 2-1, 18-inning loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The Wolfpack’s first CWS appearance since 1968 will continue Tuesday when it plays UCLA. The Tar Heels, in Omaha for the sixth time in eight years, are one loss from elimination.

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