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UCLA beats Mississippi State for CWS title

OMAHA, Neb. — 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, 8-0 Tuesday night.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a two-game sweep in the College World Series final and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

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 scored their most runs in 18 games.

Bulldogs starter Luis Pollorena (6-4) lasted one inning.

UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.

For the second straight night, Mississippi State had an excellent turnout of enthusiastic fans, but the Bulldogs remain with zero national championships in team sports.

Big east commissioner: Val Ackerman, the founding president of the WNBA and former boss of USA Basketball's women's programs, will apparently be named the commissioner of the newly configured Big East Conference, Bloomberg News reported. Ackerman, 53, was chosen by the presidents of the conference's 10 universities.

Football: The NCAA's Committee on Infractions will release a public report on the findings of its investigation and possible sanctions against Oregon this morning. The NCAA has been looking into payments made to recruiting services. In April, Oregon acknowledged at least one major NCAA violation in connection with recruiting. … When Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was suspended for the 2012 season because of a bar fight and considering transferring, coach Kevin Sumlin helped get the suspension overturned with a letter saying that Manziel was adhering to strict internal punishment. Manziel won the starting job, then the Heisman. … The ACC and Pinstripe Bowl, held at Yankee Stadium, agreed to a six-year deal starting in 2014.

Basketball: Needing help in the backcourt, Penn State added guard Allen Roberts, a transfer from Miami (Ohio) who can play this season. He averaged 12.3 points last year.

UCLA beats Mississippi State for CWS title 06/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:03am]
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