OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig was good; Konner Wade was great.
Wade pitched a five-hit shutout, Arizona did its scoring on five
straight fourth-inning hits, and the Wildcats beat their Pac-12
rivals 4-0 in the College World Series on Sunday night.
"Really the difference in the game was that five-hitter
stretch," Bruins coach John Savage said. "That was it. It was
pretty quiet from both sides the whole evening."
Outside of the fourth inning, Vander Tuig allowed only one hit
in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
All UCLA could muster against Wade was five singles, including
three in a row that loaded the bases in the fifth inning but
resulted in no runs.
The win puts the Wildcats (45-17) in control of Bracket 1 and
gives them three days off. They are one victory away from the
best-of-three finals, in which they would play for their fourth
national championship and first since 1986.
UCLA (48-15), which lost for the first time in 11 games, will
play Florida State in an elimination game on Tuesday.
"It's all about taking blows at the College World Series,"
Savage said. "It's not a dagger. It's a blow. We'll move on and
we'll be ready to play on Tuesday night."
Wade (10-3) outdueled Vander Tuig (10-4), throwing his first
career shutout and fifth complete game of the season. It was
Arizona's sixth shutout in 62 CWS games and its first since Craig
Lefferts blanked Michigan in 1980.
Seth Mejias-Brean's bases-loaded single drove in the Wildcats'
first two runs, and Bobby Brown followed with a two-RBI double.
"I thought I made some good pitches," Vander Tuig said.
"You've got to give them credit. I messed up a couple times, which
hurt me, and they put good swings on it."
UCLA had handed Wade his first loss of the season when it
knocked him out after three innings of a 15-3 win in Tucson, Ariz.,
on April 14.
Wade, who threw a complete game in Arizona's super
regional-clinching win over St. John's in his previous start,
allowed only five singles and ran into trouble just once.
UCLA went three up, three down in the first four innings before
breaking through after two outs in the fifth. Pat Valaika, Cody
Regis and Kevin Kramer hit consecutive singles to load the bases,
but Kevin Williams flied out to end the inning.
Wade walked one and struck out four in a 109-pitch outing in
which he threw 79 strikes.
"He pitched as well as anybody we've seen all year," Savage
The four runs in the fourth were the most Vander Tuig had
surrendered in an inning this season.
Johnny Field, who had the game-winning double in Friday's 4-3,
12-inning win over Florida State, singled with one out for
Arizona's first hit. Alex Mejia and Robert Refsnyder had base hits
before Mejias-Brean drove in the first two runs with a hit into
right-center. Brown brought in two more runs with a double.
Arizona has won 15 of 17 games and has four shutouts this
UCLA, which had outscored opponents 42-10 in six previous NCAA
tournament games, was shut out for the second time.
Arizona and UCLA, which shared the Pac-12 championship, faced
each other for the first time in the CWS.
The Wildcats evened the season series at two games apiece.