OMAHA, Neb. — Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over seven innings and set the UCLA season record, and the Bruins cranked up their offense to beat the Gators 11-3 in the College World Series on Saturday.
The Bruins (49-14), who went two-and-out in each of their two previous Omaha appearances, play first-time CWS qualifier Texas Christian in a Bracket 1 winners' game Monday.
Florida (47-16), the No. 3 national seed, meets Florida State in a Monday elimination game. The Seminoles took three of four against the Gators during the regular season.
The No. 6 seed Bruins, who relied mostly on pitching and defense to set a school record for wins, scored in all but one inning and banged out 18 hits. Niko Gallego went 4-for-5 and Beau Amaral 3-for-4.
They also took advantage of Florida's pitching problems. Gators starter and Alonso High alum Andy Panteliodis and four others combined to hit four batters and throw four wild pitches, two of which resulted in runs. The Bruins also scored on a passed ball and an error.
Bauer (11-3) set the UCLA strikeout record in his last inning when he got Jonathan Pigot looking. Bauer struck out Preston Tucker to end the seventh, giving him 11 for the game and 152 for the season.
Bauer, who got the start instead of season-long No. 1 pitcher Gerrit Cole, allowed six hits before Erik Goeddel relieved him in the eighth.
The Bruins used a three-run third inning to take a 4-2 lead. Gallego came home to tie it at 2 when Blair Dunlap's grounder went through third baseman Austin Maddox's legs, and Amaral scored the go-ahead run on Panteliodis' wild pitch. Cody Regis' made it a two-run game.
Panteliodis (11-3), who threw his first complete game in a Super Region win over Miami last week, lasted just 31/3 innings. Brian Johnson hit a two-run single in the first, and Josh Adams hit his ninth homer in the fourth for UF's scoring.