Pac-12 Baseball Weekend Recap: College World Series Edition


The 2012 College World Series started up on Friday, with what could be called the Pac-12 bracket with UCLA and Arizona both in action. The Bruins opened the CWS with Stony Brook and the Wildcats followed-up against the Seminoles.

College World Series Game 1 (Friday)
UCLA Bruins 9, Stony Brook Seawolves 1 – FINAL

In the opening game of the series it was the upstart against the national seed. The Bruins pounced early getting five runs on five hits in the first inning, which was all their starting pitcher, Adam Plutko, needed. Over his seven innings, he allowed five hits and struck out seven SBU hitters before leaving. Jeff Gelalich, Pat Valaika and Kevin Williams each drove in two runs apiece. Six of the nine starters for UCLA drove in a run in the victory.

College World Series Game 2 (Friday)
Arizona Wildcats 4, Florida State Seminoles 3 – F/12

The Wildcats and Seminoles played the game of the day (which continued into Saturday morning local time). Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third with FSU getting a run back in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats added an extra run going up 3-1 in the top of the fifth, the ‘Noles tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth. Arizona finally broke through in the 12th, getting the winning run and Matthew Troupe who went 2.2 innings of relief nailed down the win.

College World Series Game 6 (Sunday)
Arizona Wildcats 4, UCLA Bruins – FINAL

On the winners’ side of bracket one, the Pac-12 co-champs squared off at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. During the regular season the Bruins took 2-of-3 from the ‘Cats. Sunday night Arizona used a four-run fourth on UCLA starter Nick Vander Tuig to remain unbeaten in Omaha. Wildcats starter Konner Wade threw a complete game shutout holding the Bruins to five hits and struck out four in the best performance of the CWS yet.

Next – UCLA (48-15) will face Florida State (49-16) in an elimination game on Tuesday night at 5 pm/PT on ESPN. For Arizona (45-17) they get until Thursday off and will play the winner at 2 pm/PT on ESPN2, needing just one win to make the CWS best-of-three finals.

NCAA College World Series Bracket

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