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UCLA beats Mississippi State in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — Adam Plutko limited Mississippi State to a run on four hits in six innings, and UCLA survived some anxious moments to win 3-1 in Game 1 of the College World Series final Monday night.

Plutko retired nine straight to start, worked out of trouble twice and turned the game over to the bullpen in the seventh. The Bulldogs (51-19) left runners in scoring position four of the last six innings.

The Bruins (48-17) are one win from their first national champion­ship in baseball. Mississippi State must win Game 2 tonight (8, ESPN, 1010-AM) to keep alive its hopes for its first NCAA title in any sport.

UCLA made it 3-0 in the fourth on Eric Filia's two-out single off Chad Girodo, who replaced starter Trevor Fitts (0-1) in the second. That was the last of the Bruins' six hits.

Plutko (10-3) walked in the Bulldogs' run in the fourth.

Bowl changes: The Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco announced six-year agreements for teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 to meet starting in 2014. The Big Ten replaces the Big 12 in the Holiday Bowl, where the Pac-12 already had an affiliation. The Fight Hunger Bowl will have the Pac-12's fourth selection. The Big Ten is not locking in a selection order with its bowl partners. … The ACC will send a team to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium starting in 2014, replacing the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East). The Big Ten reached a similar agreement this month.

Wiltjer leaving uk: Kentucky forward Alex Wiltjer, the SEC sixth man of the year last season, said he is transferring to find a significant role elsewhere. The 6-foot-10 Oregon native, who will be a junior, said he will seek a situation to help him "compete the way I know I can. … wherever that may be. I will always bleed blue." Kentucky signed eight incoming freshmen, including six McDonald's All-Americans, and has strong returning depth in the frontcourt.

MORE BASKETBALL: An NCAA panel voted to expand replay review, and instituted a 10-second backcourt rule for women, both effective immediately. … Alabama forward Devonta Pollard withdrew from school. He and his mother are among seven people charged with conspiring to kidnap a 6-year-old girl.

ncaa takes a hit: The NCAA's credit outlook was revised Monday to negative by ratings agency Moody's. A federal judge in California is considering whether to certify a lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon as a class-action suit. The lawsuit demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas. The NCAA said in a statement that its financial rating did not change and it "does not anticipate any substantive issues based on the Moody report."

UCLA beats Mississippi State in College World Series 06/24/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:12am]
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