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June 18, 2013

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JACKSONVILLE — NCAA College World Series: Mistakes prove costly for LSU; Bullard's Rumbelow sees action in Game 1

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UCLA used what's becoming its tried-and-true formula to start the College World Series with a victory.

Hey, whatever works.

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 Sunday night.

"That was a grind," Bruins coach John Savage said. "You're talking about a crowd that was certainly in the favor of LSU, and we anticipated that. And I think at the end of the day it was our type of game."

The Bruins (45-17) once again squeezed all they could out of their offensively challenged lineup and move on to play North Carolina State on Tuesday. The No. 4 Tigers (57-10) became the third of the three remaining national seeds to lose at the CWS and will meet No. 1 North Carolina in an elimination game scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The Bruins came to Omaha batting just .251, but they got their leadoff man on base in the fourth through ninth innings — including on an error, hit batsman and a strike-three wild pitch.

They bided their time as Plutko held the Tigers in check, and they ended up winning for the 16th time in 18 one-run games.

"I think we've been kind of flying under the radar all year long," Plutko said. "We always talk about how we want to play our game. We don't play the opponent, we play our game. Finally, we just we were lucky enough to break them down a bit."

LSU scored its only run on Mason Katz's fourth-inning homer. The Tigers, one of the best fielding teams in the nation during the regular season, made mistakes that allowed the Bruins to tie the game 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.

Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year Aaron Nola (12-1) gave up five singles in eight innings, and both runs against him were unearned.

Bullard's Nick Rumbelow, a hard-throwing righty, came out of the bullpen to work what turned out to be a scoreless eighth inning for the Tigers.

Rumbelow, was recently drafted in the seventh round by the New York yankees, faced five batters and struck out three while walking one.

He did not factor into the decision.

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