UCLA defeats N.C. State at CWS

Associated Press photo by TED KIRKNorth Carolina State's Jake Armstrong leaps toward home plate before being tagged out by UCLA pitcher Nick Vander Tuig, following a single by Trea Turner in the third inning of a College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. Show caption
Associated Press photo by TED KIRKNorth Carolina State's Jake Armstrong leaps toward home plate before being tagged out by UCLA pitcher Nick Vander Tuig, following a single by Trea Turner in the third inning of a College World Series game in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offense to defeat North Carolina State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night.

UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday.

UCLA used two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. Two innings before, Vander Tuig tagged out a runner at the plate to keep the Wolfpack from adding to a 1-0 lead.

Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save.

N.C. State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss.