The Arizona Wildcats lost two out of three games to UCLA in the regular season.
On Sunday night, Arizona took the driver’s seat in the top half of the bracket with a 4-0 victory over the Bruins.
UCLA, ranked number two nationally, beat up on Arizona pitcher Konner Wade the last time that the teams met. Wade gave up six runs in just three innings, taking the loss as Arizona fell 15-3 at Hi Corbett.
This time around, the Arizona starter got revenge. Wade dominated the Bruins, pitching a complete game shutout. He gave up only five hits, while striking out four batters. He improves his record to 10-3 with the victory.
Wade threw the first shutout for Arizona in the College World Series since Craig Lefferts blanked Michigan in 1980. Arizona won the national title that year.
Arizona struck first in the fourth inning. Nick Vander Tuig shut down the first eleven Arizona batters, but Johnny Field had the first hit of the game. Mejia and Refsnyder followed up with consecutive singles to load the bases.
Seth Mejias-Brean broke the tie for Arizona with a two-RBI double, giving Arizona the lead. It was the first hit of his trip to Omaha and came at the perfect time. Bobby Brown added on with a double of his own and gave the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.
UCLA tried to counter in the top of the 5th inning, loading the bases. Pat Valaika ended Konner Wade’s perfect game bid with a two-out single. Cody Regis and Kevin Kramer both extended the inning with singles of their own to load the bases. The Bruins were unable to score, however, as the next batter flew out to end the inning.
Nick Vander Tuig started the game for the Bruins. He pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs and taking the loss, dropping his record to 10-4.
Arizona will play again on Thursday in a rematch against either the Bruins or the Florida State Seminoles. Those two teams will play each other on Tuesday night in an elimination game.