OMAHA, Neb. — UCLA’s offense showed up this time, which meant Mississippi State never had a chance.
Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball with an 8-0 victory Tuesday night.
The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 consecutive wins. The national title is UCLA’s NCAA-record 109th in team sports.
“They had a great year,” UCLA coach John Savage said, “and it was one of those situations where it was our time.”
Adam Plutko, the Bruins’ No. 1 starter, was named the CWS’ Most Outstanding Player. He beat LSU in the Bruins’ first game and was the winner in Game 1 of the finals. He allowed two runs in 13 innings.
Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament. Vander Tuig (14-4) struck out six and walked one. David Berg pitched the ninth.
Filia produced runs with a sacrifice fly, squeeze bunt and two base hits as the Bruins collected 12 hits and scored their most runs in 18 games.
“I thrive on this, absolutely,” Filia said. “We just stayed with our approach. We stayed small and barreled balls up.”
Bulldogs starter Luis Pollorena (6-4) lasted one inning. Jonathan Holder, the Bulldogs’ closer, came on with one out in the fourth inning and pitched four innings.
UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974. The Bruins’ .227 batting average in the CWS also was the lowest since teams moved away from wood bats.
Their 19 runs in five games were the fewest by a champion since the CWS went to eight teams in 1950.
“It was a team effort all the way through,” Savage said. “It was guys believing in each other and being great teammates. People didn’t believe in us all season long. We kept battling, and it’s a team win.”
With Arizona’s title last year, the Pacific-12 Conference has won two consecutive CWS.
Mississippi State was playing for its first national title in a team sport. A Southeastern Conference team has played in the finals every year since 2008.