LSU stumbles in CWS opener, falls to UCLA

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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.”

lsu-football-logo-277×177LSU hitters flied out 13 times. The Tigers only run came on a fourth inning homer from Mason Katz. Katz’s line drive over the left field fence was the first homer of the College World Series.

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.