LSU stumbles in CWS opener, falls to UCLA
The LSU Tigers were anxious at the plate, and spotty in the field.
The result was a 2-1 loss to UCLA Sunday night before 26,344 at the College World Series.
The Bruins scored a pair of unearned runs off LSU starter Aaron Nola.
In the 6th, Brian Carroll bunted for a hit. Catcher Ty Ross threw the ball into right field allowing Carroll to sprint to second base.
Carroll would score on a sacrifice fly By Eric Filia to tie the game at 1.
In the 8th, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, the national freshman of the year, booted a two out grounder that allowed pinch runner Christoph Bono to score.
In the bottom of the 9th, Mason Katz reached on an error. With the count 2-0 on Raph Rhymes, head coach Paul Mainieri decided not to bunt, but to let Rhymes hit away.
Rhymes hit into a rally-killing double play.
“I gambled,” said Mainieri. “And, we came up snake eyes.”
Aaron Nola suffered his first loss of the season.
A pair of national seeds, #4 LSU and #1 North Carolina, play an elimination game Tuesday at 2 pm CDT in Omaha.